|New Videos Tell Story of the Episcopal Church
LOS ANGELES (DPS, May 12) "The Story of the Episcopal
Church," a two-part video narrated by David Morse of the television
program "St. Elsewhere", has just been released by Cathedral Films.
Four centuries of Episcopal history in America are covered in two 20minute segments, which also include analysis of key issues by leading
Episcopal historians and commentators.
"Part 1: From Jamestown to Revolution" (20 min.) traces the
turbulent history by which the colonial English church survived crises
and challenges to become an independent American church. "Part 2: The
Call to Mission" (23 min.) traces the recurring themes of identity and
mission through the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Church's history is documented with historical photographs, engravings, cartoons and other still images from archives
throughout the United States, and these are blended with contemporary
shots of Episcopalians and their places or worship and ministry.
Among commentators offering analysis in the narration are Professors
John Booty, Robert Prichard, and Fredrica Harris Thompsett, and Bishop
Paul Moore of New York.
"The Story of the Episcopal Church" was written and produced
by the Rev. James L. Friedrich, president of Cathedral Films, for the
Diocese of Los Angeles Program Group on Christian Education as the
first in an ongoing teaching series, "A Video Companion to the
Parts 1 and 2 are available as two separate video cassettes at
$29.95 each (VHS or Beta) from Cathedral Films, Inc., P.O. Box 4029,
Westlake Village, CA. 91359. (Inside Calif.: 818-991-3290; outside:
Church Historians to Meet
NEW ORLEANS, (DPS, May 12) The Third Biennial Conference on
the History of the Episcopal Church will meet here, June 21-24, taking
as its overall theme "The Episcopal Church and American Culture". Co-sponsors of the event are the Historical Society of the Episcopal
Church, National Episcopal Historians' Association, and Episcopal
Women's History Project. Among the scheduled events will be an
address on "The Episcopal Church in the Deep South" by Bishop Girault
M. Jones, workshops on writing parish histories and the relevance of
denominational histories, and lectures on "Church and Race in the
South since 1950," "The Role of Women in the Episcopal Church in
Victorian America," and "The Church Congress Movement."
Registration forms may be obtained from the Rev. James Mock,
Box 6079, Bunkie, LA. 67922. There is a $25 registration fee. Please
make checks payable to the National Episcopal Historians' Association.
The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, which is no
longer funded by General Convention, is about to begin a greatly
expanded and planned program of conferences and publication research.
In order to accomplish this task, they are looking to raise
$200,000 in the next few years. Contributions may be made to the
"Historical Society -- Endowment Fund," P.O. Box 2247, Austin, TX.
78768.Glastonbury/Walsingham to Attract More Than 10,000
LONDON (DPS, May 12) The Glastonbury Pilgrimage, always
held on the last Saturday in June, this year will honor the 1000th
anniversary of St. Dunstan, Abbot of Glastonbury who became Archbishop
of Canterbury. The chief celebrant will be the Most Rev. Robert A.K.
Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury. Leader of the American contingent
to both Glastonbury and Walsingham will be the Rt. Rev. William H.
Brady, retired Bishop of Fond du Lac.
Glastonbury is the oldest monastery in England, and the annual
pilgrimage attracts about 10,000 people, though it is expected that
this millennium year will attract even larger crowds. An obscure
tradition dating from at least as early as the twelfth century holds
that Joseph of Arimathea brought Christianity to the British Isles at
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has been an important
place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages, and is of particular
interest in that it is honored by both Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
American pilgrims will leave New York on June 20, and begin
their pilgrimage at the Shrine of St. Alban's Cathedral to honor the
proto-martyr of England.
Complete details about the pilgrimage to Glastonbury and
Walsingham may be obtained from the Pilgrimage Committee, 2705 South
43rd St., Milwaukee, WI. 53219 or by phoning Fr. Charles Lynch at
(414) 541-9372.Support Offered for Women Candidates
NEW YORK (DPS, May 12) The Office of Women in Mission and
Ministry (WIMM) has established an information service and prayer
support for women who are being considered for bishop in various
dioceses. The Office will maintain information about the current
status of women in episcopal elections, and it is asking people to
hold women candidates and the electing diocese in prayer.
Individuals or groups wishing to join in prayer are invited to
call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 447, for the names of current candidates and
the dioceses for which they are being considered. The WIMM Office
also encourages those who are being interviewed or who become
candidates to notify them so that they can be added to the prayer
The WIMM Office would like to collect any written information
about these historic elections to preserve for the record of the
Church and to make such files available to women candidates themselves
as they are nominated. Please send information to: the Office of
Women in Mission and Ministry, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017.Sewanee President Elected
SEWANEE. Tenn. (DPS. May 12) Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., was
elected the fourteenth vice-chancellor and president of the University
of the South on May 5 by the university's Board of Trustees.
Williamson is provost, chief academic officer and professor of
history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was
selected by the university search committee from 240 candidates to
replace the retiring Robert M. Ayers, Jr., who has served as the
university's chief executive officer since 1977.
"I am humbled by the responsibilities entrusted to me by the
Board of Trustees; I will seek God's continual help in the discharge
of these duties," Williamson said following his election.
A native of Louisiana, Williamson is a graduate of Tulane
University, and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard before
moving to North Carolina; and he served as dean of the UNC College of
Arts and Sciences from 1977 to 1985. He became provost in 1984.
Williamson has written and edited books and numerous articles,
principally on the World War I period, and he and his wife, Joan, are
active Episcopalians. They have three children.
The University of the South, owned by 28 dioceses of the
Episcopal Church, consists of a College of Arts and Sciences with an
enrollment of 1,100 and a School of Theology, one of 11 accredited