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The Book of Common Prayer: Genealogy, Reception and Influence of the Anglican Liturgy in the Christi
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9/7/2012 to 9/8/2012
When: September 7–8, 2012
Contact: Julia Vanparys-Rotondi

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The Book of Common Prayer: Genealogy, Reception and Influence of the Anglican Liturgy in the Christian West 

The year 2012 marks the 350th anniversary of the Act of Uniformity of 1662, which authorized a final revision of the Book of Common Prayer. Until the publication of the Alternative Service Book in 1980, the 1662 Prayer Book remained the only official liturgy of the Church of England; it has also, to a greater or lesser degree, been the starting point for the liturgy of most of the Anglican churches which have formed around the world since the 18th century. The importance of the Book of Common Prayer throughout the English speaking world has meant that it has had some remarkable influence on Western Christianity, well beyond the confines of Anglicanism. By being in continuity with medieval liturgies, the Prayer Book has a peculiarly "catholic” feel in a church with a Reformation heritage. This was the main reason why many English Protestants rejected it and were consequently made to leave the established Church in 1662, giving rise to the development of Nonconformity. Still, from Canadian Lutherans to French Reformed circles, many Christian communities have in their own ways received various aspects of Anglican liturgical patrimony.

The conference will host religious history scholars from several countries. The two days of the conference will be structured around the following themes:

-From medieval liturgy to the Book of Common Prayer: continuity and change.
Speakers: Aude de Mezerac-Zanetti, Charles Whitworth (Montpellier III), Armelle Sabatier (Paris II Panthéon-Assas), Isabelle Bore (Picardie).

-Protestant criticisms and apologies of the Book of Common Prayer.
Speakers: Claire Cross (York), Jakub Basista(Krakow), Nicolas Bourgès(Paris IV Sorbonne).

-The Book of Common Prayer and Anglican spirituality.
Speakers: Judith Maltby(Corpus Christi College, Oxford), Rémy Bethmont(Picardie), Françoise Deconinck-Brossard (Paris-Ouest Nanterre), Natacha Ingrid-Tinteroff (Diocese in Europe), Peter Doll(Norwich Cathedral).

-Influences and uses of the Book of Common Prayer in the Christian West.
Speakers: Stefano Villani(Pisa, Italy / University of Maryland), Jean-Pierre Cléro(Rouen), Jérôme Grosclaude(Clermont-Ferrand II), Daniel Jay Grimminger(Kent State University), Stuart Ludbrook(Federation of French Baptist Churches).

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