Annual Conference 2009

The inaugural meeting of the North American Province of SCP was held in November 2009 at Christ Church New Haven.

Assembly Description

The first Provincial (national) meeting will be held on November 9th and 10th 2009 at Christ Church New Haven, Connecticut. We will be welcoming the Rev’d Canon Andrew Nunn, the Rector General of the Society. He will be formally inaugurating the Society in North America and inducting new members as part of a Solemn Mass. We will also have a Solemn Evensong with Benediction, conversation about the goals of the Society, shared meals, and time for reflection and fellowship.

Schedule

The assembly will begin at 5:00 PM on Monday evening with Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by dinner, introductory remarks and fellowship time.

Tuesday will involve various opportunities for fellowship, resources, presentations, and discussion groups. Tuesday evening our episcopal visitor will celebrate a Solemn Mass wherein the Rev. Canon Andrew Nunn, the Rector General of the SCP in the UK, will be formally inaugurating the Society in North America and inducting new members.

There will be said morning prayer on Wednesday morning with departure following.

Presentations

We are honored to have three excellent presenters confirmed for the conference:

The Rev’d Dr Christopher Beeley will speak on the lessons of the patristic fathers and mothers with regards to pastoral care in the parish. Fr Beeley’s research interests include early Christian theology, biblical interpretation, spirituality, and classical Anglicanism. He is the author of Gregory of Nazianus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God (Oxford University Press, 2007), and he is currently working on a larger reassessment of Nicene orthodoxy and a study of classical models of Christian leadership. He is on the editorial board of the Anglican Theological Review and a member of the board of directors of the North American Patristic Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. At Yale he teaches early Christian theology and Anglican theology, and he is involved in Berkeley Divinity School’s Anglican formation program.

The Rev’d Dr Jeanne Person will discuss the relationship between priestly spirituality and the spiritual life of the parish. Mtr Person is the director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary. An Episcopal priest, author and spiritual director, Mtr Person is co-editor of the newly published Lifting Women’s Voices (Morehouse, 2009), an anthology of prayers by Anglican women and girls addressing issues of global poverty. She co-authored with two widows a book exploring the spirituality of biblical and contemporary widowhood, Where You Go, I Shall (Cowley, 2005). She has served New York City parishes as a priest for ten years and has worked as a hospital chaplain in Brooklyn. She will serves as Associate Rector at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Manhattan, as chaplain to the New York Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, and as a leader of Anglican Women’s Empowerment.

Professor Dale B. Martin will discuss scripture as a form of architecture that we inhabit in our daily life together. Prof Martin specializes in New Testament and Christian Origins, including attention to social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1999, he taught at Rhodes College and Duke University. His books include: “Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity”; “The Corinthian Body; Inventing Superstition: from the Hippocratics to the Christians”; “Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation”; and” Pedagogy of the Bible: an Analysis and Proposal”.