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The Society is continuing to expand its work substantially both here and overseas. We have undertaken
  • our first Conference in some decades, this last February and are now planning the next on 24-26th January 2018 in Savannah
  • a complete new volume of Catechesis to teach the faith in Parishes entitled: I am His
  • work in Tanzania which has reached thousands of young people and where we plan a new edition of the classic Kiswhahili Prayer Book
  • arranged colloquia around the country on Daily Prayer, Marriage and Liturgical Revision with further ones planned on Apologetics and Catechesis

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2018 Conference Program in Outline



Wednesday 24th January OPENING DAY

12.00 noon onwards arrivals and registration

12.45    Introductions and overview of the conference      

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or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1 (800) 838-3006‬

and be ready to quote the event number 3131588

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13.00    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

(Part II of this presentation will take the form of a follow up practicum
on Friday afternoon, as set out below)

14.30   Break

15.00    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 February  DAY II

Morning Plenary Sessions  9.00 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

“Knit together in one Communion and fellowship:

What does the liturgy tell us about the Church and its Unity?

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


12.00 – 14.00   Luncheon break

With opportunities for informal “Table Talk” sessions over luncheon upon such themes as the Future of the Anglican Communion, The Persecuted Church, The coming T.E.C. General Convention…



(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 
University of Maryland


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



17.00  Festal Choral Evensong 

The Rt. Revd. Michael Hawkins,
Bishop of Saskatchewan 

Friday 26th January  Day III             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


“ ‘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


Luncheon 12.00 – 14.00 p.m.



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.

 “(Being) Made for Eternity:

Liturgical Patterns and Habits of Soul”

Dr. Stephen Blackwood,
President of Ralston College



The Plans for a

“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 

17.00   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).

What We Do

The Society exists to promote Anglican belief and worship as expressed in the Common Prayer tradition and Angli­can formularies since the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549, in the Church of England, and on through the 1928 Prayer Book down to the present day: worship is at the heart of Chris­tianity and the Common Prayer tradition is at the heart of Anglican worship.

Prayer Book Churches
We —
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  • Contribute to authentic Anglican revival
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