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Welcome to St. Paul's

Many of us have come from different faith traditions; some from no tradition. However, all of us have been drawn to this sacred place seeking answers to life's deeper questions. 

As an intergenerational community of faith, we celebrate God's graciousness by proclaiming in word and deed that God's love is abundant and unconditional. Our spiritual commitment to social justice and ministry beyond our walls calls us to individual and collective action.

Wherever you are on your journey with, or toward, God, from any tradition or none, you are welcomed and invited to experience God's life-giving grace and peace with us at St. Paul's.

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT ST. PAUL'S

please see "Weekly Calendar" below for details

8:00 -- Contemplative Communion Service in Chapel with time for silence and shared reflections on the readings

9:00 -- Christian Education for All Ages:  Sunday School and Youth Group in Lower Level, Adult Education in Lichtenberger Room (September through June)

10:00 -- Holy Communion with Music, Choir and Sermon in the Sanctuary

11:00 -- Coffee and Conversation

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The Rev. Elise Feyerherm came to St. Paul's in November 2017. She was ordained priest in 2010 in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, but she sensed a call to ministry more than 30 years ago.

She was raised in southern New Jersey in the Lutheran tradition (what is now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and attended Quaker schools from kindergarten through college. Soon after college she entered Yale Divinity School and received her Master of Divinity degree in 1986, but after a yearlong internship in a Lutheran parish she decided not to pursue ordination. Instead, she followed her love of teaching and learning and worked for five years as a religion teacher at Moses Brown School in Providence. She felt the tug to continue learning, which led her to Boston College's Ph. D. program in Theological Studies.

She finished her Ph. D. in 2001 with a dissertation on English anchoresses in the 13th - 15th centuries (think Julian of Norwich, who lived in a cell connected to the parish church of St. Julian and wrote an account of her mystical visions of God's love in the 14th century). After that she taught theology at Boston College, Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and Capital University in Columbus, OH.

For seven years she was director of Anglican Formation at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in Columbus (now Bexley Seabury in Chicago), and taught courses in Spirituality, Church History, and Liturgy. That was where she heard again the call to ordination and couldn't ignore.

Since returning to New England, Elise has served as interim rector at Christ Church Westerly, RI and as priest in charge at Trinity Church Wrentham; she also taught courses in English Reformations, the Book of Common Prayer, and Celtic Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School until its last commencement in Cambridge this past spring.

Elise has been married for 19 years; her husband, John Clabeaux, is a professor of New Testament at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA, and they share their home with Cricket, our 13-year-old cat with exceedingly long hair and an infinite capacity for shedding. Elise enjoys cooking, good wine, knitting, yoga, reading, and is just slightly obsessed with "Doctor Who" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." One of her greatest joys is music, especially choral singing and playing the piano.

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