Mere Anglicanism Conference convenes this week

Internationally acclaimed speakers from across the Anglican Communion will be in Charleston this week for the eighth annual Mere Anglicanism Conference to discuss a vision for reforming and renewing orthodox Anglicanism in North America.

The three-day public event, held at St. Philip’s Church downtown Thursday through Saturday, is titled “Behold the Man: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ.”

“The Diocese of South Carolina created this annual conference eight years ago as a way to bring together Anglicans from around the world to explore ways to keep our faith vibrant,” said the Rev. Jeffrey Miller, chairman of this year’s conference and Rector of the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort. “We provide world-renowned scholars who help attendees become informed, sound believers who are capable of thinking and acting biblically.”

Speakers include:

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Barnett, former bishop of North Sydney, Australia, historian and New Testament scholar, will speak Friday on “Epiphany — Five Eureka Moments.”

Eric Metaxas, author of the award-winning “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” will speak Saturday.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, originally from Pakistan and the first non-white diocesan bishop in the Church of England, will speak Friday on the “Unique and Universal Christ.”

Dr. Allen P. Ross, a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., will speak Friday on “Behold the Man, whose name is Branch.”

The Rev. Dr. David Wenham, a British theologian and author of several books on the New Testament, will speak Saturday on “Paul’s Witness to Jesus the Son of God.”

The conference begins at 5 p.m. Thursday with a Choral Evensong service and runs through Saturday. The fee is $100 per person.

Register online at For more information, including a full schedule, visit the website or contact conference Administrator Kester Heaton at, 693-1831 or 696-7434.

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