August 19, 2015 – The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church is pleased to announce grants it will award in 2015. Determination of grant recipients were made during the June Board meeting of the Society held immediately prior to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rev. Robyn M. Neville, Chair of the Grants and Research Committee, announced the recipients as determined by the committee from a record number of applications received from individual scholars and academic and ecclesiastical groups for grants to support significant research, conferences, and publications relating to the history of the Church of England, the Anglican Communion and Anglican and Episcopal Churches in North America.
The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church has donated a set of their quarterly journal, Anglican and Episcopal History, from the 1970s through today to the library of St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. A number of books that were received for reviews in the journal were also donated.
August 18, 2014 – The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church is pleased to announce its recipient of the 2014 Nelson R. Burr Prize. Recipient Dr. J. Michael Utzinger is Elliott Professor of Religion at Hampden Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. He is honored for his article “The Tragedy of Prince Edward: The Religious Turn and the Destabilization of One Parish's Resistance to Integration, 1963-1965.” The selection committee noted that his article was deeply researched in primary sources, well written, cognizant of pertinent scholarly work and presented a nuanced interpretation that placed local events in a larger scholarly context.
July 28, 2014 – The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church is pleased to announce grants it will award in 2014. Determination of grant recipients were made during the June Board meeting of the Society held at the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, California. The Rev. Dr. Robyn M. Neville, Chair of the Grants and Research Committee, announced the recipients as determined by the committee. Applications were received from individual scholars and academic and ecclesiastical groups for grants to support significant research, conferences, and publications relating to the history of the Church of England, the Anglican Communion and Anglican and Episcopal Churches in North America.
February 8, 2014 – Matthew P. Payne has been selected to serve as Director of Operations of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC). Payne is Lay Canon for Administration for the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac and will be responsible for membership management, subscription management of Anglican and Episcopal History, the Society’s Quarterly Journal, financial and corporate responsibilities, meeting planning and information technology management. He continues in his position with the diocese.
The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC) held its annual meeting 10-11 June 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. On Monday night the Society’s members re-elected the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard (President), the Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams (Vice President), Dr. J. Michael Utzinger (Secretary); and Mr. George DeFilippi (Treasurer), as well as electing three members to its Board of Directors for their first terms: Dr. David Contosta, Professor of History at Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA); Ms. Nancy Hurn, archivist of the General Synod Archives of the Anglican Church of Canada; and the Very Rev. Dr. Sylvia A. Sweeney, the Dean and President of Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont (CA).
Luisa Elena Bonillas, adjunct professor in the department of social science at Mesa Community College, Arizona, and the Rev. Robyn M. Neville, assistant professor of ecclesiastical history at the General Theological Seminary in New York, have been appointed to the board of directors of The Historical Society of The Episcopal Church. The appointments were made at the Historical Society’s annual meeting on July 3, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind., reported the Rev. Benjamin King, assistant professor of church history and director of the Advanced Degrees Program at The School of Theology at the University of the South. King serves on the Board’s promotion and finance committee.
Edward L. Bond has been named the new editor of Anglican and Episcopal History to succeed the Rev. Dr. John F. Woolverton who will retire in June 2007, Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Ph.D., president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, announced. Anglican and Episcopal History, the quarterly journal published by the Society, was founded 75 years ago as a publication devoted to the history of the Church in America. It now covers the history of Anglicanism worldwide.
Bond is currently associate professor of History at Alabama A & M University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religion from the College of William and Mary; a Master of Arts in Divinity from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from Louisiana State University.
His scholarship has focused on the history of the Church in early America, although his doctoral dissertation, published by Mercer University press in 2000 under the title "Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony: Religion in Seventeenth-Century Virginia," also dealt extensively with the English religious background out of which the Church in America first developed.
Bond's 1997 article, "England's Soteriology of Empire and Colonial Identity in Early Virginia," received the Nelson Burr Prize for the "most outstanding essay" published that year in Anglican and Episcopal History. His "Source of Knowledge, Source of Power: The Supernatural World of English Virginia, 1607-1624" received the William M. E. Rachal Award for the best overall article published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in 2000. Bond's other publications include a history of St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, and an edited volume of sermons, "Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia," that includes representative sermons by both Anglican and dissenting clerics.
He is co-author of a forthcoming history of the Diocese of Virginia and is engaged in the preparation of a biography of the Rev. James Blair, founder of the College of William and Mary and a major figure in the history of politics and religion in the Virginia Colony.
Thompsett heralded Bond's appointment as a significant step in deepening people's knowledge of the Church's history at "this critical time when looking backward can help us faithfully move forward."