The Manross Lecture will be presented by Peter W. Williams, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Comparative Religion and American Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale in 1970. Since then he taught courses on American religious and cultural history at Miami University. He served for several years as Director of the Program in American Studies and Chair of the Department of Comparative Religion at Miami. He also held visiting appointments at Bexley Hall Seminary, Bowdoin College, and Stanford University, as well as three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Williams will be speaking on "Religion, Art, and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression". It will deal with what Williams calls the "Episcopal Project" of bringing into being a network of institutions, social movements, cathedrals and churches, and philanthropic projects to bring about an informal Anglican hegemony in American society reflecting an Incarnational theology.
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.
The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a Reception. The cost is $60 and increases to $75 on June 9. Tickets may be ordered at hsec.us/banquet.