Vol I No. 7

2018 Conference Programme in Outline

by sinetortus


Wednesday 24th January OPENING DAY

12.00 noon onwards arrivals and registration

12.45    Introductions and overview of the conference                                           


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1.00 p.m.    Session I

Opening Presidential Address

“The Ancient Catholic Lectionary
at the heart of a Reformed Liturgy”,
The Revd. Fr. Gavin Dunbar,
President of the Prayer Book Society

2.30 p.m.   Break

3 p.m.   Session II

“Justification in Anglicanism and the Prayer Book”

 The Rt. Revd. C. Fitzsimons Allison, D.Phil.

Retired Bishop of South Carolina

Followed by

The  Conference Reception

Thursday  25th January  DAY II

Morning Plenary Sessions (starting at 9 a.m.)

(with a Morning Coffee Break)


“The Offertory & Pelagius:
Did the Prayer Book Tradition protect us from an ancient heresy  re-opened in the 1979 BCP?
How can we maintain a right balance in our views of self-offering?”

The Very Revd. Dr. Laurie Thompson III,
Dean of Trinity School for Ministry,
Ambridge PA

The Revd. Dr. Paul Avis
Universities of Exeter and Durham
and special guest of the Conference

“Knit together in one communion and fellowship:
What does the liturgy tell us about the Church and its Unity?

12.30 -2.30 p.m    Luncheon break


(with afternoon tea break)

“Catholic Apologetics: Retrieving Older Precedents”.
Dr. Christopher Wells,
Editor of the Living Church 

“Renewing the Christian Imagination:
Inhabiting the City of God in a Secular Age”
Dr. Paul Julienne 

The Joint Quantum Institute
University of Maryland (retd.)

4.10 -4.40  Tea


“Being “Reasonably Anglican” and “Prayer Bookish”:
Religion without tears?”
The Revd. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff
International Advisor to the PBS

5.30 p.m.   Festal Choral Evensong 

The Rt. Revd. Michael Hawkins,
Bishop of Saskatchewan 

Friday 26th January

9.00 a.m.

 “Dante’s Paradiso 
as a guide to Anglican Sanctification”.
Dr. Neil Robertson,
University of Kings College, Halifax.

“The Twentieth-Century Baptismal Revolution:
Is the Classical Prayer Book Really Obsolete?”
Dr.  Jesse Billett,
Trinity College, University of Toronto

11-11.30 coffee break

“ ‘Not a Synod, only a Conference’:
The Lambeth Conference
and the Councils of the Church”

The Revd. Dr. Paul Avis
Universities of Exeter and Durham
and special guest of the Conference

12.00 – 2.00 pm Luncheon break


(Being) Made for Eternity:

Liturgical Patterns and Habits of Soul

Dr. Stephen Blackwood, 
President of Ralston College


Practicum on

“The Ancient Catholic Lectionary

at the heart of a Reformed Liturgy”

Led by The Revd. Fr. Gavin Dunbar,
President of the Prayer Book Society

A Breakout Session following on from the Opening Presidential Address

This will feature a discussion of some representative Sunday lectionary propers.

While this may of special interest to those who preach, it will be of interest to any who wish an informed approach to reflecting and praying the Sunday eucharistic propers.

The Plans for the

“Comprehensive Revision” of the 1979 Prayer Book

An overview after the PBS Dallas Colloquium last Fall:

This Commission on Liturgy and Music was  mandated by the last General Convention of TEC to produce a plan for this which will be presented to the next General Convention this Summer.

With  Dr Jesse Billett

The Revd Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

 and the Revd Fr Gavin Dunbar 

 4.30 – 5.00 pm tea

5.00 pm   The closing Conference Eucharist


Ample time will be allocated for open discussions of presentation with all those attending the conference and it is planned to have interlocutors open these for each session drawing upon PBS Board Members and other distinguished participants including William Murchison,  The Very Revd. Dean William McKeachie, The Very Revd. David Thurlow and others….

Additional  cultural opportunities will be available for those wishing to come early or to stay on for the rest of the weekend in Savannah including walking tours of the historic quarter and of the
Green Meldrim Parish House (which at one point served as the Headquarters of General Sherman).