Rev. George LaRue Downing
Church of the Holy Nativity
a West Virginia native who received a Bachelor's Degree from Marshall
University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1968. In 1971 he received a
Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and he has done
additional study at both Duke and Emory University. Fr. Downing was ordained
to the priesthood in February 1972 in the Diocese of West Virginia and
began his ministry in Huntington, West Virginia, as a University Chaplain
and Rector of the small congregation of St. Peter's Church in Huntington.
LaRue served two congregations in Wilmington, North Carolina, before joining
the staff of the Episcopal Conference Center at Kanuga as its first full-time
Director of Program. In addition, he served as the Rector of the Church
of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, Georgia, for ten years prior to his ministry
with the Diocese of Upper South Carolina as Canon to the Ordinary. Following
that he was Vicar of an historic rural congregation, The Episcopal Church
of the Ridge, and Associate Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis,
Tennessee, prior to his present position in Honolulu.
Brief Insights on Spirituality and
Profoundly imperfect--doesn't that describe each of us? And wouldn't
we all like that to be different?...
Sermons and Essays
from the Clergy
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Abundant Life" April 21, 2002
April 7, 2002 - 11:10 a.m.
"You ARE Light" March 10, 2002
"The Making of Disciples" January 27, 2002
"God Speaks into the Events of Our Lives" October
"A Message of God's Hope in the Midst of
Tragedy" September 16, 2001
"The Lord of Hosts is with Us. The God of Jacob
is our Stronghold." August 26, 2001
"Who Do You Say That I Am?" June 24, 2001
"The Mystery of God" June 10, 2001
And other such sacrifices
February 24, 2002
I imagine many of you read or at least saw The Commercial Appeal
article entitled, 'Lent lectures return to Calvary'...
Up Your Heart! December 16, 2001
Last Sunday evening, December 2, we were given a deeply meaningful
gift with the 77th annual presentation of Handel's monumental
the Whirlwind: Chapter 1 Lauds March 4, 2001
The title of Langdon Gilkey's book, Into the Whirlwind,
struck a resonate cord with many of you. As one person commented:
"How about some suggestions for taming the whirlwind?...
Imperfect February 18, 2001
Twenty years ago I had a book in my library written by University
of Chicago professor Langdon Gilkey. I recall very little about
the content of the book, but the title describes my feelings precisely,
Into the Whirlwind....