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Manross Lecture

The Manross Lecture, named for Historian and the Society's chief benefactor William Wilson Manross (1905-1987), was inaugurated in 2006. Manross was librarian of the Church Historical Society from 1948 until 1956. He was professor of church history and librarian at the Philadelphia Divinity School from 1958 until his retirement in 1973. His two major books are A History of the American Episcopal Church (1935), and The Episcopal Church in the United States, 1800-1840: A Study in Church Life (1938). Read more about him from an article in Anglican and Episcopal History below.

William Wilson Manross, Benefactor of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church

Past Manross Lecturers

  • 2018 Dr. Peter W. Williams, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Comparative Religion and American Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, "Religion, Art, and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression"
  • 2017 Dr. John C. Willis, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of History at Sewanee, the University of the South, "Beyond Words:  Reports from Nature's Archive"
  • 2015  Dr. Philip L. Barlow, Leonard J. Arlington Professor of Mormon  History & Culture at Utah State University, "White Lies That Tell the Truth of the
     Landscape: Mapping the Episcopal Church and The Impact of 'Place' On Religion.
  • 2014  Dr. Stephanie Muravchik, Visiting Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College, “The Episcopal Clergy in the Age of Psychology”
  • 2013  The Rev. Will Wauters, "The Borderland Cultures Encounter the Church and a Church Gave Birth to a New Chicano Culture"
  • 2012 The Rev. Dr. Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr.,  “This Great Day of Suffering"
  • 2011 Dr. Richard Jones, Professor Emeritus of Missions and World Religions at Virginia Theological Seminary, and the Al-Alwani Chair of Muslim-Christian Studies at the Washington Theological Consortium, "The history of the Christian churches in Sudan".
  • 2009 The Rev. Canon Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Divinity and Fellow of New College, Oxford and Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, Assistant Professor of Church History at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific , "Anglican History in the 21st Century: Remembering All the Baptized",
  • 2006 The Rev. Dr. Frederick Quinn, "'Oh Brave New World that has such people in it!' Anglicanism's Global Future"

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