Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s


Discussion of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the Environment


“I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone.” ~Pope Francis in “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home.”


The Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s will host a four-week, community-wide, interfaith discussion of ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, beginning September 22, to coincide with the Pope’s address to the U.S. Congress and the U.N. General Assembly later that week.

Study sessions with be held Tuesdays, September 22 through October 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 20900 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock.

Detailed outlines of each session, along with links to the Pope’s encyclical letter, resources for discussion groups, directions to the church, and registration for the study sessions may be found by clicking here

An encyclical is a teaching document issued by the Pope, and is among the more solemn and thus more authoritative papal documents.

Issued May 24, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”) is focused on creation care. This encyclical is unique in that it is the first devoted entirely to environmentalism, and this is addressed to all persons on Earth rather than primarily to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church.

All are welcome – please invite your friends.


SUMMA Spring Tournament
March 14-15, 2014

Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God.   The Book of Common Prayer

On March 14-15, twenty-seven young debaters, participating in teams of three, will debate the definition of marriage given in The Book of Common Prayer. Through the course of the tournament, each team will debate both for and against the resolution.

All are welcome to attend the Saturday debates. Morning rounds begin at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Afternoon rounds begin at 1 p.m., with Tournament Finals at 2:30 p.m., and – if necessary – Tournament Finals Round 2 at 4:00.  Eucharist with presentation of awards will follow the final round.

NDECP Symposium Videos

Videos of the Near-Death Experience in Christian Perspective Symposium presentations and panel discussions are now posted on the NDECP page. The Symposium was held April 19-20, 2013 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock.

Presenters were: the Rev. Canon Christoph Keller, Th.D.; Dr. Jeffrey Long, M.D.; Professor Michael N. Marsh, M.D., D.Phil.; and Professor Janice Miner Holden, Ed.D.

The Symposium also featured a panel discussion with local near-death experiencers, and a closing panel discussion with our presenters.

Click on the Near-Death Experience in Christian Perspective button on the left-hand navigation bar to view our videos.

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