In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we will welcome The Rev. Al Staggs to Williamsburg UMC on Sunday, October 22. Al presents one-person performances and lectures for churches, colleges, seminaries and conferences throughout the world. Al’s performances and lectures are utilized for spiritual formation emphasis, theological lectureships, theologian-in-residencies, chapels, retreats, theology and the arts events and peace and justice conferences.
After serving as a parish minister for more than twenty years, Al began a new career as a performing artist presenting his highly acclaimed, original one-person dramatization entitled A View From the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to churches, synagogues, colleges and organizations throughout the world. He has performed at Chautauqua Institution; Trinity Church, New York; the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; the International Arts Festival in Caux, Switzerland; Riverside Church, New York as well as more than one hundred colleges and seminaries and hundreds of churches representing a wide diversity of denominational affiliation. During the mid-1990’s, Al began expanding his repertoire to include original interpretations of the lives of Clarence Jordan, Walter Rauschenbusch, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther, Roger Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, William Sloane Coffin and William Stringfellow. In 2008, Al published his first book, a collection of poetry entitled A Pilgrim in Rome: Cries of Dissent.
Al Stagg’s Schedule of Performances at WUMC
(Sunday, October 22):