Stephen Perry publishes poetry In Praise of the Trinity, by Stephen Perry will be published at Presho, in May. The author served as pastor of Vermillion United Methodist Church from 1991 to 1999 and helped to start the Student Christian Community Project. His 75-page, clothbound book gives a clear presentation of the central doctrine of Christianity in a series of connected essays and poems.
From the earliest times, Christians have believed that the life of God involves three real distinctions that help human beings participate in divine love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of the book's essays gives a short history of how the Nicene Creed became the most widely accepted statement of Christian faith. Another essay, "Should Christians Call God 'Father'?" offers a new approach to the debate about inclusive language for God.
Perry also brings his experience as a pastor to addressing the problems that many people today experience with believing in God. His presentation respects and expresses interest in other religions.
In Praise of the Trinity, ISBN 0-9728314-0-1, may be ordered through booksellers or directly from The Parsonage, P.O. Box 146, Presho, SD 57568, for $18 plus $2 tax and shipping.
Perry brings a unique perspective to his subject because he is both a full-time pastor and a scholar. He is pastor of the Lyman County Parish of The United Methodist Church in South Dakota. He serves three congregations whose members live all over a 1500-square-mile area that includes Vivian, Presho, Kennebec, Reliance, and the Lower Brule Reservation. He has also served congregations at Wessington Springs and Lane and Milbank.
Perry holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), an M. Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. Her has taught at The University of South Dakota and North American Baptist Seminary.
He is a third-generation ordained minister. His father taught world religions at Northwestern University, and his grandfather rode circuit in the mountains of north Georgia in the early 20th century.