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Bishop Richard Looney to preach at Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series


Bishop Richard Looney will be the guest preacher during the Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series in Stuart Auditorium Sunday, July 19. Lake Junaluska offers world class preachers each summer during its annual Summer Worship Series, which is scheduled for Sundays through August 9.

Bishop Richard Looney, the Foundation for Evangelism’s 2015 Distinguished Evangelist, was born in the Methodist parsonage at Hillsville, Virginia. He graduated from Emory and Henry College and Candler School of Theology, with additional study in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.

A member of the Holston Conference, Richard was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Roy H. Short. Appointments included: the Rising Fawn Circuit, Rising Fawn, Georgia; Baker's Chapel - Wyndale, Abingdon, Virginia; Pleasant View (formerly Baker's Chapel), Abingdon, Virginia; White Oak, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Broad Street, Cleveland, Tennessee; The Chattanooga District; Munsey Memorial, Johnson City, Tennessee and Church Street, Knoxville.

General Church responsibilities included the General Council on Finance and Administration; the General Board of Church and Society; and the General Council on Ministry. Pulpit exchanges have been enjoyed in England and Australia and work missions shared in Peru, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. He has served as Episcopal Director of the Foundation on Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C.

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference elected Richard Carl Looney to the episcopacy in 1988. He was assigned to the newly-created South Georgia Area, where he served until his retirement in 2000.

Each Sunday during the Worship Series, Holy Communion Service will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel. Presiding over the service will be our new Dean of the Chapel, Rev. Susan Giles. These morning services will continue through August 9. Adult Sunday School will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrell Center, followed by traditional morning worship at 10:45 a.m. in historic Stuart Auditorium, with guest preachers. Inspirational worship music will be provided by The Lake Junaluska Singers. Childcare is offered at the 10:45 a.m. service for children six months old and older at the Wilson Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road.

Each Monday, a Taize Service Of Prayer and Song will be held at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. This service, Martin said, is a contemplative service in a casual atmosphere, modeled after the Taize Community in France, where participants engage in simple repetitive songs, scripture, candlelight, and silence. “The Taize service offers space to slow down from our busy lives and spend time listening to God,” Martin said.

Guest preachers include Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble, July 26; Bishop Thomas Bickerton, August 2; and Dr. Jody Seymour, August 9.

To find out more about the 2015 Sunday Summer Worship Series or Lake Junaluska, please visit


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