The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston was the president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, 1999-2008.
The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston was the president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, having served 1999-2008. He is currently interim dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Oklahoma City, OK.
The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston retired as President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the historic theological seminaries training both lay and ordained leadership for the church. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Bishop Charleston was born and raised in that state in a family that has had a long history of service in the Christian Native American community. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were ordained ministers of the Presbyterian Church, serving among the Choctaw People in rural Oklahoma. Steven received his Bachelor's degree in Religion from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1971. His Masters of Divinity was from EDS in 1976. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Alaska Pacific University and the other from his alma mater, Trinity College.
His vocation in the church has been extensive and varied. He was the national staff officer for Native American ministries in the Episcopal Church; he became the Director of the Dakota Leadership Program and developed alternative training models for indigenous laity and clergy on the many reservation communities of the Dakotas. Following this ministry, he became tenured professor in Systematic Theology at Luther-Northwestern Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and directed the creation of that school's cross-cultural studies program. Steven became diocesan bishop of Alaska and served in this capacity for many years before returning to New England to become chaplain of his college in Hartford. He also served as the Assistant Bishop of Connecticut.
Bishop Charleston is widely recognized as a leading proponent for justice issues and for spiritual renewal in the church in both the United States and Canada. He has been called "one of the best preachers in the Episcopal Church," leading worship services ranging from a revival style service in Texas to Lenten Services at Harvard. He is featured in Trinity Church Wall Street's video, Good News: A Congregational Resource for Reconciliation and in Every Voice Network's Via Media tool for evangelism. Bishop Charleston has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, BBC World News, BBC Today Programme, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity & Colmes as well as on WRKO radio in Boston.
Publications include: Good News: A Congregational Resource for Reconciliation (Episcopal Divinity School); article on Matthew Shepard, Southern Voices; as well as a variety of articles on spirituality and ministry for Lutheran and Episcopal publications.
He is married to Suzanne Charleston, a graduate of the Museum School in Boston and Tufts University. She holds her M.F.A degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a working artist and a member of the Cambridge Artists Association. Their son, Nick, is a student at the Art Institute of Boston.
Let me ask you a simple question on this Christmas Day. How many times have you heard the story that we just read from this gospel in Luke?
How many times have you heard the story about the simple shepherds in the field watching over their flocks at night, and suddenly in a starlit sky there comes the angel and the heavenly host proclaiming good news to all of humanity, and the shepherds go and follow the directions of the angels and they find Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus lying in the straw surrounded by the silent, innocent benediction of the animals in the stable?Read full transcript...
Was there ever a moment in church when you were listening to a lesson being read and about halfway through it you suddenly wished you could call a time out, say to the reader, "Stop! Hold on! Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Back up and start that story again. I need to hear that again. Something didn't quite sound right to me."Read full transcript...