As we progress into Advent and prepare for the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, we have good and important news to report to you about the Society’s work and the Prayer Book’s continuing vitality.
“Rite One” Texts have been preserved in TEC
At last summer’s General Convention, a proposal for comprehensive revision of the 1979 Prayer Book was defeated, in favor of permitting new experimental rites while preserving the 1979 book. While we have significant reservations about the 1979 Prayer Book as a whole, in its Rite I services it does preserve significant portions of Cranmerian text, which are beloved by many faithful within the Episcopal Church. (As one Rite I stalwart put it, “they can have the Rite I services when they pry them from my cold, dead hands”.) That decision was a significant victory for the continuance of the Prayer Book tradition within the Episcopal Church, and preserves within it an important witness to the historic faith and the Bible’s teaching.
The Society has a Growing Presence in Social Media and a Growing following on the Internet
The Prayer Book Society has a growing presence on the Web. Our journal, the Anglican Way, is now also available digitally, and its essays are the focus of widening comment; our Facebook site gets a steadily increasing number of visitors, “likes” and “friends”; while the number of people who receive our mailings by email is also growing. These are excellent signs not just of the Society’s managing technological change, but also of the rising interest of younger generations in the historic faith and worship of Anglican Christianity.
Next Year’s Conference – on the need for Classical Anglicanism
After two successes with our first two Prayer Book conferences, we are taking the time to plan an even larger event for the fall of 2019, one which will draw in a yet larger attendance and have even more impact. The proposed topic is Classical Anglicanism, what it is, and why it is needed in the church today; and we have a roster of speakers lined up who can speak about this historically, theologically, and practically. We will send more details but they can also be seen online on our websites anglicanway.org or pbsusa.org
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Yours in Christ,
The Rev’d Gavin Dunbar, President, The PBS-USA.
PS Please help us make the 2019 a year of real renewal for classical Anglicanism in America !
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