A History Of Misunderstandings, by John Ericson

Every year at Thanksgiving we hear a narrative about how our country was born in religious freedom. So the story goes, Pilgrims left England in search of a place where they could practice their faith, free of the persecution they faced in England. The story is inaccurate in a number of ways. First it seemingly glosses over the English that … Read More

Todd Talk February 2016

We hope you’ve been safe, warm, and dry during the last month’s snow and rainfall. Since I last wrote you we’ve been working hard to provide you with an interesting educational series and gifts worthy of sharing. Education is proud to announce the first event of our 2016 Calendar – Tony Williams presents on his book “Washington and Hamilton” on … Read More

Washington and Hamilton Lecture Teaser, by John Ericson

After George Washington, Thomas Jefferson seems to have won the hearts of much of modern America. But, it was Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, whose vision for America was far more prescient than the Arcadian vision of Mr. Jefferson. What is little noticed, however, is that President Washington’s vision and that of Mr. Hamilton were one and … Read More

Todd Talk January 2016

Even though we are closed for normal visitation during the month of January, the staff, board, and volunteers have a lot on our plates!  Behind the scenes we have been and will be busy in several areas. Education is almost ready to announce the 2016 Calendar of Events.  Mr. Ericson and team have been compiling an impressive list of events throughout … Read More

Richard Channing Moore and the Revival of the Episcopal Church

  Bishop James Madison succumbed to what he and his contemporaries called “dropsy” in March of 1812 (dropsy is the old fashion name for edema; a build up of fluid in the body’s cavities or tissues). By that time the Protestant Episcopal Church was in a troubling condition. It was difficult to have enough representatives to hold a convention and … Read More

Impact of the Revolution on the Established Church of England

Glebe Church and the battle for the hearts and minds of the Virginia Colonists. The conflict between Great Britain and her thirteen colonies in America had a tremendous impact on the church in Virginia. Virginia was a royal colony, which meant that the established Church of England was the dominant faith tradition. The head of the Church of England was … Read More

Todd Talk November 2015

Todd Talk As I sit here the day prior to Halloween writing this, I think of all of the festivals and events happening this time of year and realize how fortunate we are to live in a Country where we have the inherent freedoms to enjoy celebrations of such great diversity.  This weekend here in Smithfield we will enjoy many seasonal … Read More

Save the Date! December 1st!

As we approach the end of 2015, the development department is working on something new for Historic St. Luke’s. We’re happy to announce our participation in Giving Tuesday. Following on the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to give back. I encourage you to check out givingtuesday.org/about to learn how this initiative got … Read More