SPI hosts national, regional and online events to support the vocation of scholar-priests.
- 2016 Annual Conference
- Held in Toronto June 9-11, 2016 – Conference Website
- 2015 Annual Conference
- Now announcing our next conference, to be held in Milwaukee in July 2015.
- 2014 Annual Conference
- Our first national event was the 2014 Society of Scholar-Priests Conference at Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC), June 26-28, 2014.
The Scholar-Priest Initiative hosts monthly conversations with leading Anglican/Episcopal theologians and scholars from across the world. Check out some of our recent talks below and be sure to watch our Facebook page for future events, featuring ~30 minutes of lecture followed by live Q&A.
The Rev’d Dr Ellen Wondra, “Who decides? And on what basis? On authority and ecumenical ecclesiology”
The Rev’d Dr Ellen Wondra (Research Professor of Theology & Ethics, Bexley/Seabury), who was recently appointed to a multiyear term on the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith & Order, draws on decades of and academic work to address the theology and practice of authority—picking up on themes in her recent review article (‘Questioning Authority’ ATR 97.2, p. 307f) and offering a preview of material in her forthcoming book, Problems with Authority: The Theology and Practice of Authority in the Contemporary Episcopal Church (TBA). A member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation (ARCUSA) from 1992-2010 and editor-in-chief of the Anglican Theological Review since 2006, Wondra offers insights from her prolific scholarship and seasoned leadership.
The Rev’d Dr Bruce Kaye, “Context, Conflict, and Catholicity: The Practice of Anglicanism in Global Perspective”
The Rev’d Dr Bruce Kaye (Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Stuart University) discusses Anglican catholicity in context and conflict, revisiting themes in his influential book Conflict and the Practice of Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment (Wipf & Stock, 2009). Drawing on insights from the third Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission’s Kuala Lumpur Report “Communion, Conflict and Hope” (2008) and a forthcoming book of essays on the rise and fall of the Anglican Christendom, Kaye reexamines his evolving understanding of catholicity—with reference to his context within the broader Anglican Communion. Having also served as the founding editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies, Kaye also offers some reflections on the original idea behind the journal and insights gained amidst a decade of editorial guidance.
Dr Timothy F. Sedgwick, “Practices of Faith: The Anglican Way”
Dr Tim Sedgwick (Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary) will discusses the distinctive Anglican understanding of the Christian life and faith as a matter of practices that bring us into the presence of God, including materials from current research, writing, lectures, and his recent book Sex, Moral Teaching, and the Unity of the Church (Morehouse, 2014).
The Rev’d Dr Andrew Davison, “A Theology of Blessing”
The Rev’d Dr Andrew Davison (Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge) discusses the theology of blessing, which he explores in his recent book Blessing (Canterbury, 2014). A member of the English Anglican-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue, Davison was a ordained priest in the Church of England after receiving his DPhil in biochemistry from the University of Oxford (Merton College). He is the author of several books including: Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition (SCM, 2011), Why Sacraments? (SPCK, 2013), The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians (SCM Press, 2013), and Care for the Dying: A Practical and Pastoral Guide (Canterbury Press, 2014, with the physician Sioned Evans), and the forthcoming Participation: An Introduction to Christian Metaphysics (Wipf and Stock, 2015).
Reading and Writing Groups
As always, we encourage the formation of small reading and writing groups. Please contact us for more information.