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Fr. Stuart began his cure as rector of Grace in early January 2014, after serving as Senior Associate at St. Benedict’s in Smyrna, Georgia, for over five years. Working with the entire leadership team at Grace, Fr. Stuart has a particular passion for the intersection of contemplative practices and congregational development.

His broader work as a priest, retreat leader, and author is grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition. He has shared in the ongoing conversations of the New Contemplative Exchange, a fellowship first gathered by Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Tilden Edwards, and Laurence Freeman at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado in August 2017. Since that time, Fr. Stuart contributed to and co-edited the volume Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition (Crossroad, 2019) and is working on a further book that delves more deeply into what he sees as the opportunity for a contemplative reformation within the traditional parish church.

He studied in the pre-med program at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas (B.S. in Biology, summa cum laude) and did his initial theological studies at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (M.Div, honors in spiritual formation). He subsequently completed a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee Tennessee where he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree as well.

He will now co-direct the clergy leadership program with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and has also worked with the World Community for Christian Meditation, the Candler School of Theology, Mepkin Abbey, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and other communities as they explore how the practice of prayer helps nurture congregational life and vocation.

He and his wife, Lisa, have one daughter, Evelyn. They grew up in Southeastern Arkansas, in the Mississippi Delta, with fried catfish, sweet tea, and mosquitoes the size of small birds.

You can contact Fr. Stuart at stuart@gracechurchgainesville.org.

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With Fr. Thomas Keating at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.
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With Richard Rohr and Tilden Edwards, at the New Contemplatives Exchange in Snowmass.

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