Vol I No. 7

The PBS Anglicanism Conference begins on Thursday 16th

by sinetortus


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


(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 engagements for the next few months and he will therefore not be able to join us but we send our prayers and good wishes for his speedy recovery.

The PBS is hugely grateful to the Revd. Dr. George Westhaver, the Principal of Pusey House in Oxford, as well as Dr. Jesse Billett from Trinity College of the University of Toronto and the distinguished former Professor of Liturgy at Nashotah House,  the Revd Dr. Arnold Klukas, for taking on additional roles now in lieu of Bishop Rowell.


Anglicanism Catholic and Reformed:

Revisiting the Reformation Legacy 1517-2017



Before the Conference

Wednesday 15th February

Information on historic Savannah and tours etc. will be available along with a

list of restaurants people may wish to visit.


Conference Day I,   Thursday 16th February


9.30      Walking tour available – meet in front of the Green-Meldrim House (of St John’s Parish, beside the church).

11.00 & onwards  – Arrivals and Registration at the Green-Meldrim House


Said Noonday Prayer at 12.15 (in St. John’s Church)

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 Intl. Advisor and Conference organiser)


12.30    Opening Session Chaired by Dean William McKeachie (PBS Board member)

(in St John’s Church)


An Historical Overview of the Reformation Context                                   

Dr. Gillis Harp

Professor of History, Grove City College and PBS Board Member


Interlocutor, (giving an initial response and opening the discussion)

The Revd. Dr George Westhaver, Principal of Pusey House, Oxford


14.00    Break


14.15    Session II  Chaired by the Revd. Fr. Gavin Dunbar, (PBS President)


Sanctification – Defining the Anglican Tradition 

The Revd. Dr. Oliver O’ Donovan, Professor of Moral Theology Edinburgh and formerly of Oxford

Interlocutor Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, PBS Intl Advisor,  Quondam Dean All Saints’ Cathedral Cairo


16.00    Tea


16.30    Session III Chaired by The Very Revd. Fr. David Thurlow (PBS Board)


The Nature and Future of the Reformation liturgy

The Revd. Fr. Gavin Dunbar,


The Revd. Fr. Edward Rix, (PBS Vice President)

The Revd. Dr. Arnold Klukas, Quondam Professor of Liturgy, Nashotah House


18.00    Said Evening Prayer (St. John’s Church)


After which participants are free to make their own dinner arrangements


Conference Day II,  Friday  17th February


8.00      Said Eucharist (St. John’s, Chapel)


9.00      SESSION IV Chaired by the Revd. Fr. Edward Rix,


“It is required that you do awake your faith*” The Elizabethan Settlement and the Drama of a Catholic  Reformation:  (*The Winter’s Tale, V.3 ll.94-5)                                                                                                                                                                           

Dr Neil Robertson, Professor of Humanities, University of King’s College Halifax

Interlocutor:  Dr. Stephen Blackwood, President, Ralston College, (PBS Board)


10.30    Coffee

11.00    SESSION V chaired by the Revd Jonathan Kell

The Public Authority of the Church in the Cranmerian Tradition

Dr. Joan O’Donovan, University of Edinburgh


Dr. Roberta Bayer, Professor of Politics, Patrick Henry College, Editor of The Anglican Way  (PBS Board)

12.30    Lunch (registrants free to lunch at local restaurants)

14.00    SESSION VI       Chaired Dr. Roberta Bayer

Interlocutors Dr. Gillis Harp and Dr. Neil Robertson

14.00 – 14.45

“The Holy Scriptures, or That Which Is Agreeable to the Same”: The Scriptural Catholicity of the Prayer Book

Dr. Jesse Billett, Trinity College, University of Toronto


14:45-15:00 Discussion


15.00 – 15.45  

Incarnational Reading: A Tractarian View of the Authority of Scripture

The Revd. Dr. George Westhaver, Principal of Pusey House, Oxford

15:45-16:00 Discussion


16.00.    Tea

16.30 – 17.20

SESSION VII  Anglicanism catholic & reformed: Quo Vadis?

A Panel Discussion Chaired by William Murchison,

Radford Distinguished Professor of Journalism, Baylor University (retd.), (PBS Board)

Dr. Jesse Billett, Dr. Joan O’Donovan,  Dr. Oliver O’Donovan,

Fr. Gavin Dunbar, Dr. Gillis Harp, Dr. Neil Robertson, Dr. George Westhaver.


17.30    Choral Evensong 

With Sermon by Professor Oliver O’Donovan (on Romans V)


Evening free for informal fellowship



Conference Day III,  Saturday 18th February

8.00      Eucharist (Chapel)

9.00      Session VIII  Chaired by The Revd Fr. Patrick Bright, All Souls Oklahoma City

(In the Cranmer Hall building of St. John’s, Ralston Room  on the 3rd Floor)


Apologetics Now, Science Faith and Contemporary Culture

Dr. Paul Julienne, Professor University of Maryland and of the The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) emeritus, Specialist in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, and ultracold matter) and leader of the PBS Blog on Science and Faith

10.30    Coffee break.

11.00    Session IX Panel Discussion chaired by the Revd. Fr Gordon Anderson, (PBS Board Secretary)

Liturgy Now –  American, English and Canadian Perspectives

(In the Cranmer Hall building 3rd floor)

The Revd Fr. Gavin Dunbar,

The Revd. Dr. Arnold Klukas,

The Revd. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

Dr. Jesse Billett


12.30    Closing Conference Eucharist

Sermon: The Revd. Dr. George Westhaver