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“Sumptuous” Is the word the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore used to describe this years’ Mere Anglicanism  Conference held January 20-22 at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston. Over 200 participated in the sixth annual Conference held, this year, in honor of the 12th Bishop of South Carolina, the Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison.

“Over half a century ago Dr. ‘Fitz’ Allison began preaching, teaching, and writing about the Word of God’s Grace in ways that are still bearing fruit in Anglicanism today,” said Conference organizer and retired Dean of South Carolina, the Very Rev. William McKeachie. “This year’s Mere Anglicanism Conference, the biggest and best ever, was the church’s way of saying, ‘Thank you,’ to this amazing bearer and sharer of God’s Grace.” 

The theme for this year’s event was “Recovering the Power of the Word of God.” Conference speakers included Archbishop Mouneer Anis, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, and Bishop Mark Lawrence, as well as Dr. Stephen Noll, Dr. William Dickson, Dr. Ashley Null , Dr. Gillis Harp, Dr. Charles Raven, Dr. Steven Paulson and Dr. James Nestingen. The Rev. Jeffrey Miller and the Rev. Dr. Leander Harding respectively opened and closed the conference preaching roster.

Compact Disks of the talks are available for purchase. Download the order form.
We are grateful to Anglican TV for coming and filming the talks. View the talks.
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Reflections on Mere Anglicanism

The Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison, Retired Bishop of South Carolina

"We were extraordinarily blessed by the outstanding scholars at the Mere Anglicanism conference. Speakers on the crucial subject of “Biblical Anglicanism for a Global Future: Recovering the Power of the Word of God” did an absolutely masterful job of encouraging us in the great heritage of our tradition and in the power of God’s Word. It was a rich and impressive company of presenters who spoke from their world wide experience. I cannot think of a more needed or a more important subject for us. CD’s of the talks will be available from the Cathedral for those who were unable to attend and they will be published by Trinity School for Ministry.

Never in my life have I been so delightedly surprised or more extravagantly complimented as I was at the Friday evening banquet. A friend reminded me, “Breathe deeply but do not inhale.” There was some discomfort on my part as sometimes at the end of one’s life things are said with such exaggeration that one wonders who the person really was and wish to look into the coffin to see.  This discomfort, however, does not diminish one bit my deep gratitude to all who gave so much in so many ways to make the banquet such an enjoyable and huge success. My deep gratitude extends also to cherished friends who came from near and far to participate in the celebration.

I am left with the overwhelming conviction expressed by Edwin Muir: “As I look back on the part of the mystery which is my own life what I am most aware of is that we receive more than we can ever give.”

The Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore, Associate for Discipleship at St. Michael’s Church, Charleston
“The heavenly banquet we all look forward to can’t be a whole lot more sumptuous than this year’s menu at Mere Anglicanism – especially if you knew something of the history of 16th Century Anglicanism,” said the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore, . “Dr. Ashley Null’s revelation of his recent discovery of new folios containing Archbishop Cranmer’s personal journey towards an understanding of Christ’s presence in the believer and in the Eucharistic service as a whole rather than the medieval view that he is present in the consecrated host will soon reverberate throughout the scholarly world when published. For me also especially important was hearing Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Egypt’s summary of how Anglicans have always believed in the supreme authority of the Bible, as well as his moving report on the New Year’s Eve killing of 21 Christians in Alexandria. I was struck by his calm personal words: “We are ready to die for Jesus Christ.”

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul
“What a joy it was to be at the Mere Anglicanism Conference again this year especially as it was focused on the Word of God and celebrated the ministry of a bishop that has defended that Word with everything he had to give.  I left with a heightened affection for the Bible and passion for preaching.  My favorite quote shared at the conference and which captured the essence of what we must remember as Anglicans were the words of the great preacher, Bishop Hugh Latimer, who said, ‘The Bible is meat and not mere dainties!’  Praise God for his Word!  May it ever be cherished and proclaimed by we Mere Anglicans!”

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