November 15-16, 2017: A Special "Mini-Conference" in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ.

Daily Office & Mass, with special service of Evensong & Benediction.

 Registration for the Conference is now closed. All are welcome at the Conference liturgies:
Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 pm - Solemn Evensong & Benediction
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm - Solemn Mass, the Very Rev. Dr. Andrew McGowan, Preaching


Keynote speaker

The Rev Dr George Westhaver

The Rev. Dr. George Westhaver
Pusey House, Oxford

"The Vision Glorious: In Memory of Geoffrey Rowell"

Other speakers

Dr. Liza Anderson
Claremont School of Theology

"The Theology of Vocation from the Oxford Movement to Today: Clericalism and Monasticism"

The Rev. Dr. Michael Cover
Marquette University

"Apologia Episcoporum: Anglican Catholicism and the Future of Ecclesial Order"

The Rev. Samuel Keyes
Boston College
St James School, Hagerstown, MD

"Practical Allegory: Keeping the et in the res et sacramentum"

Elisabeth Kincaid
University of Notre Dame

"'Obedience the Remedy': John Henry Newman and the Development of Christian Holiness"

Dr. Christopher Wells
The Living Church

"Reconciled Bodies: Recasting Race in Catholic Ecclesiology"

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 15
4:00 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks from Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Hanson
4:15 pm: Keynote Address from Rev. Dr. George Westhaver: "The Vision Glorious: In Memory of Geoffrey Rowell"
5:45 pm: Break
6:30 pm: Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Featuring the Music of:
Richard Ayleward: Responses
A. Herbert Brewer: Evening Service in D Major
John Sheppard: O God, Be Merciful Unto Us
Charles Villiers Stanford: Beati quorum via, op 38, no 3
7:30 pm: Drinks Reception in Moseley Hall
Sponsored by the Theology Department of Loyola University Baltimore
Thursday, November 16
9:00 am: Morning Prayer
10:00 am: First Speakers' Session
Elisabeth Kincaid: "'Obedience the Remedy': John Henry Newman and the Development of Christian Holiness"
Samuel Keyes: "Practical Allegory: Keeping the et in the res et sacramentum"
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Second Speakers' Session
Michael Cover: "Apologia Episcoporum: Anglican Catholicism and the Future of Ecclesial Order"
Liza Anderson: "The Theology of Vocation from the Oxford Movement to Today: Clericalism and Monasticism"
3:30 pm: Break
4:00 pm: Third Speaker's Session
Christopher Wells: "Reconciled Bodies: Recasting Race in Catholic Ecclesiology"
5:00 pm: Afternoon Tea
Sponsored by Parishioners of the Church of the Advent
5:30 pm: Evening Prayer
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass of the Holy Eucharist
Sermon by the Rev. Prof. Andrew McGowan, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale
Featuring the Music of:
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Brevis
Thomas Tomkins: O Sing unto the Lord a New Song
Matthew Martin: Laudate Dominum

Hotel Accommodations

Conference participants are advised that a select number of rooms are available at a special rate at the Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza. Participants must register for the conference and cite the Church of the Advent when making their booking to qualify for a discounted rate.
All room reservations must be made before October 16. Please call the reservations department at the hotel at: 617-379-7129.
If you wish to explore additional options for accommodation please contact Fr. Hanson.


Contact the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Hanson (


George Westhaver
The Vision Glorious: In Memory of Geoffrey Rowell
This lecture will examine some of the principles which animated the leaders of the Oxford Movement and consider their relevance for contemporary opportunities and concerns.  The title is inspired by one of the best presentations of the animating spirit of the Oxford Movement, The Vision Glorious: Themes and Personalities of the Catholic Revival in Anglicanism, by Geoffrey Rowell. Bp Geoffrey, sometime Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, Chaplain and Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and a long-time Governor of Pusey House, Oxford, not only communicated but embodied something of the best ideals of the Tractarians.  He died this past summer on Trinity Sunday.  Following his inspiration, this lecture will consider how the principles of the Oxford Movement are embodied and communicated in the architecture, mosaics, and adornment of Keble College Oxford. We find there not only a space for worship, but a theology of creation and the sacramental life, a social programme and a call to sanctification.  The chapel's mosaics also illustrate the importance of a kind of exegesis of the Scriptures which is also an invitation to the Vision Glorious, and a way of reading, living, and praying which itself is meant to instruct and to transform. The principles of renewal which the chapel expresses are just as relevant for the catholic movement today. 
Elisabeth Kincaid
“Obedience the Remedy”: John Henry Newman and the Development of Christian Holiness
In recent decades, many Anglican theologians have been engaged in the recovery of a concept of virtue ethics within the field of Moral Theology and Christian Ethics.  In this paper, I consider how John Henry Newman’s concept of the development of personal holiness within his Plain and Parochial Sermons can make a uniquely Anglo-Catholic contribution to this discussion. 
Specifically, I focus on his description of the development of holiness as a combination of the work of the Holy Spirit, obedience to the law of God, religious affection, and reception of the sacraments.  I then consider, on an academic level, how his theory of holiness relates to questions in modern virtue ethics and, on a practical level, how this theory should improve contemporary practices of Christian catechesis.
Samuel Keyes
Practical Allegory: Keeping the 'et' in the 'res et sacramentum'
It seems especially clear, after the heyday of Anglo-catholic ritualism and the 20th century’s liturgical movement(s), that good liturgy, or “meaningful” liturgy, does not make good people or healthy churches. Inspired by the medieval commentary tradition and its near-obsession with ritual detail, this paper will argue that liturgy’s formational work happens neither from rubrical precision nor from a clear “meaning” behind the sign, but rather from an active use of both as an engine for reimagining the world. The traditional method of allegorical exegesis, rather than making the liturgy into spiritual escapism, forces us to see ourselves in history, which in turn drives us to greater spiritual vitality in the present.
Michael Cover
'Apologia Episcoporum': Anglican Catholicism and the Future of Ecclesial Order
It is well known that the preservation of apostolic succession, as expressed to a large degree by the maintenance of the historic episcopate, is one of the principal arguments marshalled by Anglicans (as well as by Swedish Lutherans) in defense of their possession of a catholic identity. And yet, as the persistent extremes of puritanism and papalism manifest, the episcopacy remains an irritant as well as a catholic rallying point within the church’s divided life. This paper explores both the past and future prospects of the episcopacy (and its discontents) as conceived by Anglican catholic theologians, in attempt to better understand this traditional hallmark of the church’s order. I begin with a twofold typology of the catholic episcopacy in 20th century ecclesiology: the Ignatian-Cyprianic type (represented by Michael Ramsey) and the Augustinian type (represented by Oliver O’Donovan). While these types might be taken to articulate the Anglo-Catholic and the Evangelical positions, respectively, each is also fairly conceived as retrieving a necessary and complementary part of the catholic witness. To try and make sense of the thesis and antithesis offered by Ramsey and O’Donovan and to discover points of consensus between them, I review the “Anglican catholic” defense of the episcopacy in two previous centuries—the 19th century defense by the Tractarians and the 17th century defense by the Laudians. This diachronic study shows that among those defending a reformed, patristic (i.e. non-papalist) conception of the episcopacy was Archbishop Laud’s English Catholic interlocutor, Francis à Sancta Clara, whose Apologia episcoporum paves the way for a renewed appreciation of the episcopacy as a locus of ecumenical reconciliation.
Liza Anderson
"The Theology of Vocation from the Oxford Movement to Today: Clericalism and Monasticism"
Candles, Copes, and Clericalism: Theologies of Christian Vocation from the Oxford Movement to Today.
Christopher Wells
“Reconciled Bodies: Recasting Race in Catholic Ecclesiology”
From the earliest days of service in slums, through a subsequent century of courageous cross-continental missions, to sundry political interventions in the last fifty years, Anglo-Catholics have sought to transform society with an invariably “high” doctrine of the Church in hand. How does that doctrine look today, both dogmatically and practically? This paper will set forth several strands in Catholic Anglican thinking about the Church with special attention to its one-body character, on the way to engaging contemporary problems of reform, division, and evangelization.

In partnership with The Living Church

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