Raewynne J. Whiteley was born and raised in Australia. After completing degrees in Psychology, Women's Studies and Theology and being ordained an Anglican priest, she moved to the United States to work on a PhD in Homiletics. She has been Rector of the historic Saint James Episcopal Church in Saint James, NY for the last ten and half year, and has also ministered in cathedral, college chaplaincy, and multi-center church contexts. Her ministry focus is helping people to respond more fully to God's call to them, through preaching, teaching, fostering of vocation, mentoring of clergy, parish redevelopment, structural analysis and redesign, and visioning.
Raewynne loves preaching: it has been a passion since she took her first preaching class at the age of 19. As well as preaching most Sundays in Saint James, she has been guest preacher at a numerous other churches, including Campbell University College, the Princeton University Chapel, the General Theological Seminary in New York, and the Cathedral of St John in the Wilderness in Denver. She has taught homiletics and theology at seminaries in Australia and the US, and has presented continuing education programs, retreats, academic papers, public lectures and adult education events.
Raewynne has contributed sermons, articles and reviews to a range of books and other publications. With Beth Maynard, she coedited Get Up Off your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog (Cowley Publications, 2003); in November 2007, her first solo book,Steeped in the Holy: Preaching as a Spiritual Practice was published by Cowley Publications, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. Her current project is a collection of reflections tentatively entitled Walking the Edge of Silence: Reflections on Despair, Discernment, and Hope.
When not working, she enjoys hiking, knitting, kayaking, reading mystery novels, ballet, and spending time with her beloved cat, Bede.
Current leadership roles
Rector, Saint James Episcopal Church, Saint James, NY, USA (from 2007)
Faculty, George Mercer Jr. Memorial School of Theology, Garden City, NY, USA (from 2007)
Canon Theologian, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (from 2009)
Co-convenor, History working group, Academy of Homiletics (from 2009)
Examining Chaplain, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (from 2010)
Member, Ethics Committee, St James Health Care Center, St James, NY (from 2010)
Board Chair, Protestant Campus Ministry, SUNY Stony Brook (from 2014)
Dean, North Suffolk Deanery, Diocese of Long Island (from 2015)
Other professional experience
Adjunct Faculty, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA, USA (2009)
Adjunct Faculty, Online Program (Homiletics), Trinity School of Theology, Melbourne, Australia (2005-2010)
Visiting Faculty (Homiletics), Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, USA (2003)
Vicar, Trinity Episcopal "Old Swedes" Church, Swedesboro, NJ, USA (2002-2006)
Associate Priest, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ, USA (2001-2002)
Interim Assistant Episcopal Chaplain, Episcopal Church at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA(2000)
Associate Priest, Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ, USA (1998- 2001)
Assistant Priest, Anglican Parish of Charlestown, Newcastle, Australia (1998)
Adjunct Faculty (Homiletics, Theology), St John's College Centre for Ministry, Morpeth, New South Wales, Australia (1997-1998)
Assistant Minister, Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill, Sydney, Australia (1995-1997)
Research Officer, Victorian State Government, Public Service, Australia (1989-1991)
Grants and Honors
Louisville Institute, Clergy Renewal Grant recipient, 2012.
Fellow, Cathedral College of Preachers, Washington DC
Honorary chaplain, Australian Consulate General, New York, NY
Frank Woods Fellow, Trinity College School of Theology, Melbourne, Australia
Steeped in the Holy: Preaching as Spiritual Practice (Cowley Publications, 2007).
Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog, edited with Beth Maynard. (Cowley Publications, 2003).
Selected Articles, Presentations, Academic Papers, and Chapters
Keynote theological reflection, Gathering of Leaders, August 2017.
Lay preacher training, Diocese of Chelmsford, UK, May 2014.
Leader, Women’s Celtic Pilgrimage, St Cuthbert’s Way, UK, May 2014.
Clergy retreat and clergy conference presenter, Diocese of Melbourne, Australia, 2013.
“The future of the past: An invitation to explore online resources for the history of preaching,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Austin, TX, 2011.
“‘One half of his great office and employment’: The call to preach in bishops’ instructions to clergy in the post-restoration Church of England,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Atlanta, GA, 2010.
Guest Preacher, General Theological Seminary, 2009, 1999.
Contributions to Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Volume 1, ed. David Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, Louisville, KY, 2009: Westminster John Knox Press.
Preaching workshop, Annual meeting of Episcopal Relief and Development diocesan coordinators, May 2009.
“Complicit: Preaching on violence when you're involved in it,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Boston, MA, 2008.
Preaching Luke, St John's Episcopal Church, Tulsa, OK, November 2008.
Women as preachers, St John's Episcopal Church, Tulsa, OK, November 2008.
Preacher, Campbell University College, SC, 2007
“'Love would heal us, if we would be healed': Joseph Glanvill on preaching to a divided church,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Minneapolis, MN, 2007.
"Church in Public Space," in Wonderfully and Confessedly Strange : Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology, ed. Bruce Kaye (ATF Press, 2006).
Clergy Day Speaker, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, 2005
"Preaching Trouble," The Reader 101, no.4 (Winter, 2004): 5-6.
"Cyber-Preaching," Church Times (UK), 17 September, 2004.
Keynote Speaker, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, 2004
Published Sermons and Liturgical Resources
Sermon resources. In Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary - Year C, Volume 1 Advent through Epiphany" by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).
"The Marriage of Debra Torrone and Robert Kilkenny." In Preaching 1 Corinthians 13, ed. Susan K. Hedahl and Richard Paul Carlson (Chalice Press, 2001).
Sermons and worship resources for Palm/Passion Sunday and Ordinary Time 20. In The Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual, Series 2, Year A, ed. Leonora Tubbs Tisdale (Abingdon Press, 2001).
"Innocent by Association." In Preaching through the Year of Luke: Sermons That Work IX, ed. Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer (Morehouse Pub., 2000).
"Prayer for Bronte." In Women's Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated, ed. Elizabeth Rankin Geitz, Ann Smith and Marjorie A. Burke (Morehouse Pub., 2000).
Deacon, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, 1996
Priest, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, 1998
Princeton Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Practical Theology, 2003
Australian College of Theology, Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministries, 1994
University of Melbourne, Master of Arts in Women's Studies, 1992; Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Psychology, 1988
Gathering of Leaders, 2014 - present
College of Congregational Development, Diocese of Olympia, class of 2018
Beautiful Authority 2016
CREDO, 2006, 2014
Clergy Leadership Project, Class XVIII, 2004-2007
Core Curriculum, College of Preachers, 2002
Level I Certification, Children’s Specialist, Professional Ski Instructors of America (2016)
Level I Certification, Alpine Skiing, Professional Ski Instructors of America (2013)
Kayaking, skiing, ballet, hiking, swimming, knitting and quilting, photography, gardening, reading.