Conference 2013

Worship: The Contrasting Practices of Anglicans, Congregationalists, Methodists, and Unitarians over Three Centuries

Saturday 11 May 2013

Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square WC1H 0AR

On Saturday 11 May 2013 the Centre’s ninth annual one-day conference was held at Dr Williams’s Library on the subject of ‘Worship: The Contrasting Practices of Anglicans, Congregationalists, Methodists, and Unitarians over Three Centuries.’ The day’s rich discussion focused on a variety of aspects – institutional, social, literary and conceptual – of both dissenting and Anglican approaches to worship since the eighteenth century.

The lectures were:

‘Liturgy and Worship in England c.1700–2000: The Case of Fasts, Thanksgivings and National Days of Prayer’ by Professors Stephen Taylor and Philip Williamson (University of Durham)

‘Methodist Liturgical Ecumenism: Worship and the “Catholic Spirit” ’ by Professor Karen Westerfield Tucker (Boston University)

‘Unitarians and the Book of Common Prayer’ by Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas (King’s College London)

‘John Hunter’s Devotional Services for Public Worship: “Saving the congregation from the individualism of the minister”’ by Professor David Thompson (University of Cambridge)