Star Island chapel

NATURAL HISTORY WEEK, STAR ISLAND, JUNE 17 - 24, 2017

 


MINISTER OF THE WEEK

REVEREND JOSEPH BRITTON

Joseph Britton is a parish priest, educator and theologian who is committed to the renewal and revitalization of the church through creative, imaginative pastoral leadership.  He has extensive congregational experience in parishes of the Episcopal Church, having served churches in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and New Haven areas. Following two terms as the Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where he was also McFaddin Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology (Adjunct) and a founding partner of the Youth Ministry Initiative, he has since 2015 been the Rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Britton graduated from Harvard University. Before attending The General Theological Seminary, he worked as a government securities trader at Colorado National Bank in Denver. He is married to Karla Cavarra Britton (also from Ft. Collins), who is an architectural historian with a particular interest in contemporary sacred architecture. They have one son, Nicolas, who is an undergraduate in the aviation program at the University of North Dakota. All three are great enthusiasts of the West and have a home base in Hillsboro, New Mexico.

As an appointed missionary of the Episcopal Church, Britton served as Canon Missioner of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and was the founding vicar of Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand, France. With wide involvement in ecumenical relationships, he has a particular theological interest in piety as the synthesis of religious faith and practice in the lives of believing men and women.

As an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, Britton completed his doctoral studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is author of Abraham Heschel and the Phenomenon of Piety (T&T Clark 2013), and has published numerous articles in journals such as The Living Church, the Anglican Theological Review, the Sewanee Theological Review and Anglican and Episcopal History. A widely traveled preacher and lecturer, Britton preached the Seven Last Words at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City on Good Friday 2010; has lectured or taught at Bishop Gwynne Theological College in Juba, South Sudan; St. Nicholas Seminary in Cape Coast, Ghana; Keble College, Oxford and Westcott House, Cambridge, England, and parish and seminary retreats as well as frequent pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral and Coventry Cathedrals. He is an Associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and serves on the board of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in the United States. He canonically resident in the Diocese of California, and licensed in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. Britton is a parish priest, educator and theologian who is committed to the renewal and revitalization of the church through creative, imaginative pastoral leadership.  He has extensive congregational experience in parishes of the Episcopal Church, having served churches in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and New Haven areas. Following two terms as the Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where he was also McFaddin Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology (Adjunct) and a founding partner of the Youth Ministry Initiative, he has since 2015 been the Rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Britton graduated from Harvard University. Before attending The General Theological Seminary, he worked as a government securities trader at Colorado National Bank in Denver. He is married to Karla Cavarra Britton (also from Ft. Collins), who is an architectural historian with a particular interest in contemporary sacred architecture. They have one son, Nicolas, who is an undergraduate in the aviation program at the University of North Dakota. All three are great enthusiasts of the West and have a home base in Hillsboro, New Mexico.

As an appointed missionary of the Episcopal Church, Britton served as Canon Missioner of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and was the founding vicar of Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand, France. With wide involvement in ecumenical relationships, he has a particular theological interest in piety as the synthesis of religious faith and practice in the lives of believing men and women.

As an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, Britton completed his doctoral studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is author of Abraham Heschel and the Phenomenon of Piety (T&T Clark 2013), and has published numerous articles in journals such as The Living Church, the Anglican Theological Review, the Sewanee Theological Review and Anglican and Episcopal History. A widely traveled preacher and lecturer, Britton preached the Seven Last Words at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City on Good Friday 2010; has lectured or taught at Bishop Gwynne Theological College in Juba, South Sudan; St. Nicholas Seminary in Cape Coast, Ghana; Keble College, Oxford and Westcott House, Cambridge, England, and parish and seminary retreats as well as frequent pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral and Coventry Cathedrals. He is an Associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, and serves on the board of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in the United States. He canonically resident in the Diocese of California, and licensed in the Diocese of the Rio Grande.