The Rev. E. Perren Hayes will present "Prayer: Whole -> Holy, Wonder -> One" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11, as part of the weekly Summer Spirituality Series held in the parish hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 211 Mulberry St. in Lewes. The topic is one of Hayes’ lifelong fascinations and goes into depth about how science and religion are opposite sides of the same coin, yet either without the other is meaningless.
Unity of life is examined from a spiritual point of view - aided with nomadic culture, word derivation, grammar and biblical poetry, and exciting advances in scientific and theological thinking. Hayes intends to help his audience see the glory and wonder wrapped up in the direct connection between the big bang, the process of evolution and the Individuality of each person.
Hayes grew up in Albany, N.Y., and graduated from the General Theological Seminary in New York. Ordained in 1955, he has always fought for honest education. In the Diocese of New York, his time was divided between full pastoral ministry and the Department of Christian Education. In 1973, he spearheaded a small worker priest movement within the Episcopal Church. He contributed his priestly ministry as needed to poor parishes from 1973 until 1995, when he became pastor of a parish in Maryland. He retired in 2002 and with his wife Gerry and their dog Jacques moved to Lewes in 2006. He is still active, teaches, preaches, lectures, and is available for discussions, retreats, and quiet days.
Each Thursday night, 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 29, expert presenters will engage participants in the parish hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Fellowship and locally owned King's ice cream will follow each presentation. The public is invited to attend these free sessions, which are designed for reflection and dialogue.
In addition to providing spiritual resources for those seeking greater understanding of their own religion, or learning about others, Seekers uses the net proceeds from its store to help those in need, including the Cape Henlopen Food Basket, Doctors without Borders, and work in Haiti and Centro Infantil in San Miguel de Allende.
For hours, information, or a full listing of guest speakers, visit www.seekerslewes.com, or call 302-645-9916. To learn more about St. Peter's Episcopal Church go to www.stpeterslewes.org or call the office at 302-645-8479.