After the great success of our conference last January we are delighted to announce the dates for the PBS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018 on The Prayer Book: Doctrine, Liturgy and Life in St. John’s Church and the DeSoto Hotel* Savannah, Georgia Wednesday 24th - 26th January 2018 NB some rooms are available this week at a special rate at the DeSoto hotel until 22nd September _____________ And happening even sooner! : Can a thousand flowers bloom? The Proposed Revision of … [Read more...]
PBS News & Events
This page highlights current work as well as news of recent and coming events of the Society.
Our most recent major event was the PBS Conference 2017
Anglicanism Catholic and Reformed 1517-2017, Revisiting the Reformation Legacy
held at ST John's Episcopal Church Savannah from which Audio is available on this site and book form of the Proceedings is anticipated in due course.
This was the first PBS Conference for many years and we are now beginning the planning process for the next one in 2018 and will announce the dates as soon as possible.
We are also planning to continue our occasional series of Colloquia we have already held these on Daily Prayer and Marriage and expect to be holding further ones soon on
The Liturgical Revision Process in the Episcopal Church, to be held in Dallas at the Church of the parish of the Incarnation
Teaching Anglicanism - Catechesis Now, to be held in Philadelphia
Apologetics, Science and Faith, to be held in the Washington DC area.
Board Members have also attended the recent Nashotah House Conference on the future of Anglicanism and been active overseas as contributing participants in the recent Pusey House Conference in Oxford on Knowing and Loving the Triune God, and Fr Edward Rix speaking, at the invitation of the Bishop of Western Tanganyika, to several thousand at a Youth Conference in Kasulu.
We have also launched further chapters of our volume for Catechesis by Society President Gavin Dunbar, I am His.
These chapters can be accessed via the links below
(and also our pbsusa.org website http://www.pbsusa.org/catechesis-project ) and we welcome feedback which can be taken into account in future editions of this work.
I am His Chapters now available :
Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. (St. Luke xvi. 9) In last week’s Gospel we prayed that God’s never failing providence that ruleth all things both in heaven and in earth [might] put away from us all hurtful things and [might] give to us those things which are profitable (Collect: Trin. VIII) for our salvation. And this week Jesus illustrates how we might apply what we know of God’s providence to … [Read more...]
We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Society's Journal is now available in print and online -Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff THE ANGLICAN WAY Vol 40, No. 2 Summer 2017 For the full text please go to https://anglicanway.org/print-edition/ AW-vol40no2_Web Contents: “Prevent Us O Lord”, Dwelling, Walking And Serving In The Book Of Common Prayer, by Rowan Williams, Master oF Magdalene College, Cambridge, Former Archbishop of Canterbury (Article … [Read more...]
BISHOP GEOFFREY ROWELL Requiem aeternam dona eis.... It is with the deepest sadness that the Society has learned of the passing of Bishop Geoffrey who was, only months ago, to have given a paper at the Society's recent conference Anglicanism Catholic and Reformed. This would have been on the theme of the distinctive Anglican understandings of holiness and it was only with great reluctance that he withdraw, on account of the then early, but already acute, stages of the illness … [Read more...]
Recordings of two further sessions of the PBS Conference can be accessed below. In the first, Dr. Arnold Klukas, the recently retired Professor of Liturgy at Nashotah House, gives the lead presentation. He opened a discussion of the challenges facing the Anglican liturgical heritage if it is to preserve authentic continuity. He was joined in reflecting upon the different contexts of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom by Fr Gavin Dunbar, Dr Jesse Billet and Fr. … [Read more...]
A recording of the Conference Session on Apologetics, Science and Faith addressed by Dr. Paul Julienne, the distinguished Physicist and the Society's lead blogger in this field, can be accessed below. He addressed the question: How should science and faith relate to one another? Dr. Paul S. Julienne … [Read more...]
Audio recordings of the Papers given by three more of our principal speakers at the 2017 Conference can be accessed below: The Papers given were: The Public Authority of the Church in the Cranmerian Tradition, by Dr. Joan O’Donovan, University of Edinburgh Incarnational Reading: A Tractarian View of the Authority of Scripture by The Revd. Dr. George Westhaver, Principal of Pusey House, Oxford “The Holy Scriptures, or … [Read more...]
Recordings of two further Sessions at the PBS Conference of 2017 are now available below. They comprise Session II, Sanctification by Dr. Oliver O’ Donovan, Professor of Moral Theology, Edinburgh and formerly Regius Professor at Oxford and Session III The nature and future of the Reformation liturgy by The Revd. Fr. Gavin Dunbar, PBS President … [Read more...]
We are delighted to make further recordings of the main Sessions of our 2017 Conference available now and also wish to advise that a print edition with all the texts and summaries of the interlocutor discussions etc. will be made available in due course. By clicking on the virtual buttons below you will be able to hear the remarks of Dr. Neil Robertson Professor of Humanities, University of King’s College Halifax in SESSION IV, “It is required that you do awake your … [Read more...]
The Article is online and in the current edition of the Print Edition of the Living Church http://livingchurch.org/covenant/2017/03/28/rediscover-the-gospel/ By Gavin Dunbar Editor’s note: This piece appears in the April 9 issue of The Living Church, as part of the Necessary or Expedient teaching series on prayer book revision. Mark Michael’s “Are we done with the ’79 prayer book?” is the well-known first piece in the series. Further essays in the series will appear here in … [Read more...]
The Society is delighted to announce that we are now able to make available audio recordings of the presentations made in the main Sessions in our 2017 Conference Anglicanism Catholic and Reformed 1517-2017 We have had to address some technical challenges, but will be making these recording available online progressively and we start today with the opening lecture of Session I An Historical Overview of the Reformation Context Dr. Gillis Harp, Professor of History, Grove City College … [Read more...]
The Society was pleased to welcome well over one hundred participants to its 2017 Conference in Savannah. Such has been the positive response that the Board at its meeting on the last day of the Conference decided announce its intention to hold another conference next year in what it is hoped will become an annual event. Further details of the time will be announced later this year in good time to allow for plans to be made well in advance. Meanwhile, the Society looks forward to … [Read more...]
It is with growing anticipation that the Prayer Book Society looks forward to the conference opening in Savannah on the 16th Those wishing to come can still register at http://anglicanism-2017.brownpapertickets.com (And in the case of financial hardship please contact us) A new and updated schedule for the conference is set out below It is with deep regret that, on account of an acute episode of spinal pain, Bishop Geoffrey Rowell has had to cancel all his overseas … [Read more...]
The Following draft program for the coming conference has been announced (though it remains subject to change): Thursday 16th February 12.15 Introductions and overview of the conference (in St John’s Church) The Revd. Fr. Gavin Dunbar, President of the Prayer Book Society USA, The Revd. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, PBS 12.30 Opening Session Toward an Historical Understanding of Anglican Identity Dr. Gillis Harp, Professor of … [Read more...]
The Green-Meldrim House, St John's Savannah DATES The conference will run from midday on Thursday 16th to midday on Saturday 18th February (which is designed to allow people to arrive on the Thursday and thus lose only two work days while also allowing clergy time to get back to their parishes on the Saturday) Please note that the earlier you register the lower the registration fee! at http://anglicanism-2017.bpt.me PLEASE CONTACT us if you feel financial considerations are a … [Read more...]
PROFESSOR OLIVER O’DONOVAN is an ordained priest of the Church of England and has served on the General Synod. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the problem of self-love in St Augustine under both Henry Chadwick at Oxford and Paul Ramsey at Princeton, before taking up posts teaching at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972–77) and at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1977–82). He was then appointed Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford (1982–2006) … [Read more...]
History records that the Episcopal Church in America was very nearly Lutheran. This is because in 1783, when American Anglicans came to Britain to resolve how they might establish their own indigenous episcopate, their chosen bishop-elect had a distressingly difficult time. The Archbishop of Canterbury ‘received him "politely," but was "cool and restrained." The Bishop of London gave him personally a "cordial reception," but "was not disposed to take the lead in the matter.",' while, '' The … [Read more...]
The Prayer Book's 2017 conference was held on the theme: Anglicanism: Catholic and Reformed - Revisiting the Reformation Legacy 1517-2017. It took place at St John's Church, Savannah, Georgia, from midday on Thursday 16th to midday Saturday 18th, February 2017. In the anniversary year of Luther's ninety-five theses which started the Reformation, this conference explored how Anglicanism emerged with an identity that is both truly reformed and enduringly catholic. And we are pleased to … [Read more...]
The next in our occasional series of Colloquia: Instituted of God, on the theme of Marriage, will be held at All Saints' Wynnewood, P.A. at 7 p.m. on the evening of Friday 28th and 10 a.m. on the morning of 29th October. http://www.allsaintswynnewood.org The Friday evening speaker will be Dr. Roberta Bayer, of Patrick Henry College and Editor of Anglican Way, the journal of the PBS … [Read more...]
Please click on the link below to see the text in full PBS Newsletter draft Summer 2016 The Society is delighted to announce the first of what is expected to be a regular way of communicating the latest news of our activities and plans to members and supporters via e-mail. In order to receive these newsletters it will be important to sign up to our e-mail list on either of our websites and we thank all those who have already done this. Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff PBS … [Read more...]
The Society held the first of its two planned colloquia in Dallas at the Parish of the Holy Cross, on the theme of Daily Prayer in Anglicanism. The event featured opening presentations by the Society President Fr. Gavin Dunbar, who gave an historical overview and the Editor of the Magazine Dr. Roberta Bayer looked at the “Daily Office as a Means to Christian Renewal”. The newly elected Bishop of Dallas, Dr. George Sumner (previously of Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto) addressed … [Read more...]