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The 2020 annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was held Wednesday, July 29 virtually via Zoom. The meeting include reports from all committees and was attended by over 40 members.


The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was held Thursday, June 20 at Trinity College, University of Toronto during the Tri-History Conference. The meeting received a president's report, financial report, and elected Board members.


The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal church was held Saturday, June 16 at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia. The evening included a social hour, banquet and the Manross Lecture by Peter W. Williams, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Comparative Religion and American Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His topic was "Religion, Art, and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression" which dealt with what Williams calls the "Episcopal Project" of bringing into being a network of institutions, social movements, cathedrals and churches, and philanthropic projects in American society.


The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was held Saturday, June 24 at the Sewanee Inn of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. The Manross Lecture was given by ​Dr. John C. Willis, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of History at Sewanee, the University of the South, on the topic Beyond Words: Reports from Nature's Archive. Dr. Willis shared his current research on the southern Cumberland Plateau, giving special attention to the interaction of human ambitions and the natural environment.


The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was held Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 in Oneida, Wisconsin. The gathering was held during the triennial Tri-History Conference.


The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was held Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The gathering included a business meeting, announcement of the Nelson R. Burr Prize and the Manross Lecture given by Professor Philip Barlow of Utah State University, whose topic was “White Lies That Tell The Truth Of The Landscape: Mapping The Episcopal Church & The Impact Of 'Place' On Religion.”


​The Annual Meeting was held June 21, 2014 at Bloy House, Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. The banquet speaker was Dr. Stephanie Muravchik, Visiting Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College. She received a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia and is an Associate Fellow for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (University of Virginia). Her research has focused on twentieth-century American religion and the way self and community have been historically constituted in the United States. Dr. Muravchik will speak on “The Episcopal Clergy in the Age of Psychology” based on her book American Protestantism in the Age of Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 2011) which challenges the claim that psychology has been used to weaken American religion, virtue and community.


The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church was held on June 10th, 2013 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Edward Bond next announced Dr. Bond announced Zola M. Packman and John N. Wall, as the recipients of the Nelson R. Burr Prize for their article "Worship Trinity Chapel, Lincoln Inn, London, 22 May 1623," which appeared in the June 2012 issue of AEH. The Rev. Will Wauters delivered the keynote address to the Society, entitled "The Borderland Cultures Encounter the Church and a Church Gave Birth to a New Chicano Culture," in which talk he described how the Church of the Epiphany in East Los Angeles, the oldest standing Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, opened its doors in a new way to the revolutionary times of the 1960's in the barrio and how both the Church and Los Angeles culture and history were transformed by one another.


The Annual Meeting was held Tuesday, July 3 at Christ Church, Indianapolis.


The annual membership meeting was held Saturday evening, June 18, 2011 at Virginia Theological Seminary. Karen A. Keely of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was the recipient of the Nelson R. Burr Prize for her article “’Let the Children Have Their Part’: The Young Christian Soldier and the Domestic Missionary Army”. 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, spoke on the history of the Christian churches in Sudan at the society’s banquet dinner.


The annual membership meeting was held June 20, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Edward Bond, editor of Anglican and Episcopal History, presented the Nelson Burr Prize for the best article appearing in the 2009 issues of the journal to David A. Valone of Quinnipiac University for "Theology, German Historicism, and Religious Education at Cambridge: the Controversies of Connop Thirwall and Julius Hare, 1822-1834." The evening continued with an address entitled "Globalization and Catholicity: The Historiography of a Recent Tri-lateral Dialogue" given by the Rev. Canon J. Robert Wright, historiographer of the Episcopal Church and professor of Church History at the General Theological Seminary.


Program: Anglican History in the 21st Century: Remembering All the Baptized

The Revd Canon Dr Jane Shaw is Dean of Divinity and Fellow of New College, Oxford, and teaches history and theology in the University of Oxford. She is Canon Theologian of Salisbury Cathedral, an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and has been theological consultant to the Church of England House of Bishops. She was educated atOxford, Harvard and U C Berkeley, and has an honorary DD from Episcopal Divinity School. This spring she has been back in the Bay Area as a Visiting Professor in the History Department at U C Berkeley. Her publications include Miracles in Enlightenment England(Yale University Press 2006) and The Call for Women Bishops(SPCK 2004; edited with Harriet Harris)and she is currently writing the history of a twentieth-century English millenarian community (to be published by Knopf in 2010). She writes for the Guardian and Church Times, and broadcasts regularly on the BBC, including this January a set of five radio programs on utopia and community. She is on the editorial board of Anglican and Episcopal History.




(Episcopal News Service) As keynote speaker to the recent annual meeting of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Dr. J. Rebecca Lyman, Samuel Garrett professor of Church history at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, challenged the assembled members and guests to explore how history informs their consciousness of themselves as Episcopalians, as Anglicans, and as Americans. Examining five contemporary publications --The Anglican Digest, Episcopal Life, The Living Church,Ruach, and The Witness-- Lyman reported that she discovered very few historical and scriptural references in articles about current events. "Is this an educational gap, an editorial oversight, or some cultural bias that the past is passe?" she asked. The society met at St. Mark's Church, Berkeley, California and re-elected as president Mary Donovan of Hunter College.

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