Samford’s Beeson Divinity School to Host Anglican Theology Conference in September

This year’s conference, “What is Anglicanism?,” will bring together top scholars and church leaders to probe what it means to be Anglican.

With a membership of approximately 85 million worldwide, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  In recent years, its center of gravity has moved to the Global South, where new understandings of Anglicanism have emerged amidst spiritual vitality and dynamic church growth, according to Gerald McDermott, professor of divinity and director of the Institute of Anglican Studies. However, Anglican identity is still contested. The conference will address these issues and more.

Speakers for the conference include Eliud Wabukala, retired archbishop of Kenya; Mouneer Anis, archbishop of Egypt and leader of Anglicanism’s Global South; Foley Beach, archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America; Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto; Gerald Bray, research professor at Beeson Divinity School; Barbara Gauthier of Anglican News Update; John Yates III, rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh; Andrew Pearson, dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham; Rusty Reno, editor of First Things (Catholic observer); Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School (Baptist observer); and McDermott.

The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship. A book will issue from this conference.

“Anglicanism is at a pivotal moment, but the shape of Anglican orthodoxy is nevertheless debated,” said McDermott. “This conference will help provide a forum for reflection and theological renewal as pastors and leaders propose a new way forward. Theologically-interested Anglicans will not want to miss this.”

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 25, and end at noon on Sept. 26. The cost for the conference is $100 with a $25 discount if registered before June 1. To register for the conference or find more information, visit

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“Road to Jerusalem” – Israel Video Project

How did it begin? What sparked the idea and vision for this project?
I grew up in Jerusalem in the 80s, and then ministered there again with Erica and the kids 2004-2010. The amazing country of Israel has always had a special place in my heart. As the family and I are now moving back to Jerusalem, the Israel Video Project seemed like a great way to bring ANiC and others to Israel in a way they otherwise may not be able to experience. My hope is to make both the Old and New Testament scriptures come to life in a new way and help people come closer to Jesus. The video series is also an excellent way for brothers and sisters in North America and around the world to connect with us as we minister in Israel.

What’s been the process to make this happen?
That process is still happening today.  As I go back to minister in Israel, it is the fruit of a team effort of ANiC and ACNA churches and individuals.  Many are on board already, yet many more still are needed for a successful launch.
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What’s been the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge was probably finding the strength within ourselves to move back to Jerusalem in the first place.  Obviously, living and ministering in the Middle East involves many challenges. Yet God has, figuratively speaking, picked up our family by the scruff of the neck to send us back. I think the fact that we are willing to go, means that He is with us.  Where there was reservation, there is now vision. Where there was fear, there is now anticipation and excitement.

What impact have you seen?
I love the fact that the video project is getting such a positive response from ordinary people, churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike. For some reason this was unexpected for me. It seems to be another medium through which people can access the message of God’s grace. It is very fulfilling work.

What’s your hope for the future of this project?
As I begin to pioneer an ANiC and ACNA work in Jerusalem, I hope that the video project will continue for years to come. I hope that it will help brothers and sisters in North America and around the world see Jesus in new and exciting ways, and also give people a real sense of connection to the work that we are doing in Israel.
For this particular video series called, “The Road To Jerusalem” I will be focusing on a journey of prayer. It is not only my family and I who are on the road to Jerusalem. The Anglican Communion too, finds itself on that road once again as we approach GAFCON 2018 in Jerusalem — our 3rd Global Anglican Future Conference. It is my hope that many will join me on The Road To Jerusalem as we pray toward GAFCON 2018.

How can we pray for you?
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Pray that we gather enough prayer and financial support through churches and individuals for a swift and successful launch to Israel.
Pray for God not to leave us nor forsake us, and pray that we have the wisdom and the patience not to go ahead of the Lord.

“If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.”
Exodus 33:15

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You can find out more, donate, and follow Israel Video Project on social media by going to their website here:

You can watch Series 1 of Jess’s Israel Video Project here:

Series 2 ‘The Road to Jerusalem’ has been filmed and you can watch episode 1 ‘Transfiguration’ below:

Road To Jerusalem - ep1 - Transfiguration from Israel Video Project on Vimeo.