Welcome to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and University Center!

We are a community that values worship as the focal point of our lives together. We look for worship to strengthen us, to challenge us, and to inspire us.

We seek to be multicultural and multigenerational. As individuals we value the freedom to be ourselves with unvarnished authenticity and to extend that freedom to others.

We believe that all people are welcomed at God’s Table.

We believe that God can be reached through many paths and by way of many great belief systems. Our path is a commitment to understanding and following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

We believe that no person, no text, and no church has a final word on God. Our understanding of God is best served by open inquiry, scholarship, and worship.

How should we respond when the seemingly ordinary awakens the world?

Last Sunday I preached on two poems. You can listen to the sermon using the player below. I’ve posted the poems beneath the player.   On My Own By Philip Levine Yes, I only got here on my own. Nothing . . .


OSU Symposium on Narrative, Religion, and Magic

  My friend, the brilliant scholar Sarah Isles Johnston, is presenting at this symposium on March 3rd! Join in the discussion by attending with me and other St. Stephen’s parishioners. The Ohio State University Center for the Study of Religion . . .


A Gospel “Midrash” Offered by Susan Neale

In a previous post, I offered an explanation of Christian “Midrash,” if it’s appropriate for a non-Jewish person to even use that term. In that post, I quoted Marjorie Sandor, who described the midrashic process of exploring a text in . . .


Living at the Center of the Cross

You can listen to my homily from last Sunday using the player below. There are a couple of references I used to put this sermon together that I want to give credit to. I got the story of Anne Sexton’s . . .


Peripatetic Poets present a reading by Jeremy Glazier on February 16th

Perpatetic Poets Sunday, February 16th 6:30pm – 9:00pm in the Chapel   Featured Poet Jeremy Glazier   Poems of Jeremy Glazier, head of the English Department of Ohio Dominican University, have appeared in many literary journals-including The Paris Review, Antioch . . .


Ash Wednesday Services

This coming Ash Wednesday (February 26th) we’ll hold services in the church at 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Both services will include Imposition of Ashes. We’ll also be offering Ashes-to-Go on the Oval between classes. Ashes-to-Go is a growing movement . . .


Adult Formation in Lent

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is on February 26th, and after that Adult Formation is Lent begins. Here’s what we’ll be doing: Liturgics Round Table. During the five weeks of Lent, we’ll be holding a Liturgics Round . . .