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Lenten Lecture Series - Discussion 1

Mission in the Episcopal Church Tradition

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:00 PM

Discussion on Zoom
56 Christchurch Lane 
Saluda, VA 23149
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A Lenten Series on Mission in the Episcopal Tradition

When many Americans think of missions and missionaries, they think of a pattern that was common in the 19th and early 20th century--missionaries from Europe and North America headed to Africa, Asia, and Latin America with the intent of establishing new churches that closely resembled those that they had left behind. That is, however, only one pattern of missionary outreach; there are many others.

During a series of five Wednesdays in Lent (February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24), the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard, Professor Emeritus at the Virginia Theological Seminary and Priest Associate at Christ Church Parish, will lead a series of five reflections on the history of missions in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. These reflections will all start at 7:00 pm and be available on zoom.

The individual topics that Bob will address will be:

  • Late 16th and early 17th century attempts to transplant the English religious establishment to North America following medieval precedents (February 24).
  • Thomas Bray and the first three Anglican missionary societies (March 3)
  • The newly-organized Episcopal Church ventures into missions with the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the American Church Missionary Society, the Fairfax Missionary Society, and the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Mission (March 10).
  • The Reorganization of missions in the early 20th century and the incorporation of independent national churches in Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. (March 17)
  • New initiatives in mission in the final third of the twentieth century (March 24)

These presentations by Bob will be followed by a time for discussion and will then close with the reading of Compline (Book of Common Prayer, 217-35).

Participants may see some unfamiliar faces on the zoom meeting. Members of St. George’s Church in Arlington will also be invited to participate.

Join us on https://zoom.us  and use the “Join a Meeting” link.   

February 24 meeting ID: 82505448488 and Passcode 7c7UnZ

March 3, 10, 17, and 24 meeting ID: 83463125546  and Passcode 23149