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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata is rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX.

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The Rev. Dr. Chris Girata began his ministry as the eighth Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels on August 15, 2016.

Previously Dr. Girata served as Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, a position he had held since 2012. Prior to becoming Calvary's Rector he was Associate Rector of St. Luke's in Birmingham, Alabama, and a seminarian at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and St. John's in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Dr. Girata received his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies, in honorus, from Stetson University, a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University, a Master of Divinity, cum laude, from Virginia Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Ministry from Duke University. He is recognized as a rising leader in the Episcopal Church, presenting regularly at church-wide conferences, seminars and retreats, and the Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes.

Dr. Girata is a native of Florida, a classically trained musician, and an amateur cook. He and his wife, Nicole, have three children; Brayden, Layna, and Annemarie.


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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

Chris Girata: Get Up and Live

John 20:1-18

Easter Day - Year B

April 01, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)

 

Whenever I prepare an Easter sermon, I always think way too hard about what it is I'm going to say. And today was no different. As my mind went in many different directions, I began to wonder just how our minds work anyway. Our minds are so complex and mysterious. For many of us, Christianity, our faith, even the person of Jesus himself, is really a heady exercise. We think very hard about faith, and perhaps sometimes, our minds can get in the way. What we think we see in the world is only really what our brains allow us to perceive. Our brains are trained from an early age to make assumptions about the world, to perceive the world in particular ways, like shorthand that allows us to function at efficient and productive levels. When we encounter something new, something we don't understand, we often find ourselves a bit confused. And when an entirely new way of being is presented to us, it's difficult to understand that new world at all.

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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

Chris Girata: Parade of Grace

Mark 11:1-11

Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday - Year B

March 25, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)

 

For many churches, today is not only Palm Sunday but Passion Sunday as well. Although I am certainly no expert on liturgical history, I do know that if people attend church, most people only attend church on Sundays. Even on weeks such as the one we enter, the holiest of weeks, most people will only attend worship services today and next Sunday. So, I agree that the experience of those who only worship on Sundays is enhanced and deepened by hearing the passion story today, before we hear the resurrection story next week.

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February 21, 2016

Your Prophetic Voice

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)

Luke 13 raises the questions, what is a prophet? The Rev. Chris Girata helps us answer that question, and points out that prophets have something in common: their truth is quickly rejected by those who have a stake in maintaining power and the status quo. Jesus serves as our example, and calls us to be prophetic in our own unique way today.
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February 14, 2016

The Good Choice

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)

In his sermon for the first Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Chris Girata says Jesus' temptation in the wilderness is about our human relationship with God, that we are not alone in the world and not alone to face troubles, fears, and temptations of the world on our own. Jesus provides a model for strength in the face of temptation and trouble.