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Fr. Stuart began as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville in early January 2014.  He has a particular passion for the intersection of contemplative practices and congregational development.  His work as a priest, retreat leader, and author is grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition.

He has shared with the New Contemplative Exchange, a fellowship first gathered by Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Tilden Edwards, and Laurence Freeman at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado Fr. Stuart contributed to and co-edited the volume Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition  and is working on a further book that delves more deeply into what he sees as the opportunity for a contemplative reformation within the traditional parish church.

He studied in the pre-med program at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas (B.S. in Biology, summa cum laude) and did his initial theological studies at Columbia Theological Seminary. He has also completed a certificate in Anglican Studies from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee Tennessee where he also completed his Doctor of Ministry degree as well.

He co-directs the clergy leadership program with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and has also worked with the World Community for Christian Meditation, the Candler School of Theology, Mepkin Abbey, and other communities as they explore how the practice of prayer helps nurture congregational life and vocation.

He and his wife, Lisa, have one daughter, Evelyn. They grew up in Southeastern Arkansas, in the Mississippi Delta, with fried catfish, sweet tea, and mosquitoes the size of small birds.

Learn more on their website, https://www.gracechurchgainesville.org/

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The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higganbotham's Books:

Contemplation And Community : A Gathering Of Fresh Voices For A Living Tradition