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The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson is the priest in charge of the Episopal Church of the Advent in Williamston, NC, and the author of "Holy Dying."

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The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated with a degree in Political Science from Georgia State University in 1974.  She received her MD from Medical College of Georgia in 1987, and her Masters in Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in 2011. 

She practiced Family Medicine in rural Tennessee and Georgia for 17 years followed by 10 years practicing exclusively as a Hospice and Palliative Care physician in Savannah, Georgia and Northern Virginia.  She was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2008 and worked bi-vocationally until retiring from her medical career in 2014 to work full time as Assistant Rector of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Tifton, Georgia.  There she served on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Tift Area and as a volunteer chaplain at Tift Regional Medical Center. In December 2017, she answered a call to become Priest in Charge of Church of the Advent in Williamston, North Carolina, in the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.

In her book, Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles, released by Church Publishing in March, 2017, she draws from the intersection of her two professions, offering stories that invite the reader to wrestle with many of the medical and spiritual questions frequently faced in a highly medicalized experience of illness and dying that is one of the social challenges of our time.




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The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson

Ellen Richardson: The Man with the Withered Hand

Mark 3:1-6

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 03, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (TEC)


What is it like to experience a story of healing? When does healing happen and how do we recognize it? Does healing require a recognizable change in the body to count, or is it really about something else?

The healing of the man with the withered hand in today's gospel from Mark is one that happens so quickly that it is almost lost in the greater drama that surrounds it. The scene is a synagogue, a place of teaching and worship. The attention-grabbing characters - the law-loving Pharisees and the power-craving Herodians - have been trailing Jesus and his disciples, a chorus of judges waiting for Jesus to make a mistake that they would be most happy to hold against him. These strange bedfellows - usually political opponents - found it expedient to work together when it came to undermining the authority and credibility of the one they both perceived as a threat: the One called the Messiah.

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