The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham is senior associate priest at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Smyrna, GA, where he has been serving since 2008.
Stuart is a graduate of Lyon College in Batesville, AR, and earned his M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He received a diploma in Anglican Studies from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where he is beginning work toward a D.Min. degree.
He also leads a resource for contemplative evangelism called The Obedire Project.
You see, I wrestle with silence a lot. We have this strange dance, silence and I. I am much more comfortable in silence than I am in large groups of people whose conversations swell and mix together, eventually sounding like static or clucking chickens. I need--I crave--times for silence. But I resist it sometimes as well, behaving like I somehow enjoy having four or five programs or projects going on at the same time. I feel like I'm being so much more productive that way--until it all gets on my nerves and I begin to rearrange my office again and put in a rug and zafu meditation cushion in the corner in hopes that I will take advantage of the space and "just" sit and be and reflect and pray and make tea for folks who come by to visit and sit on the floor.Read full transcript...