THE ANGLICAN SOCIETY
This is a reminder of the annual general meeting and program of the Anglican Society, scheduled for Friday April 21, 2006, beginning with coffee at 9:30 followed by program at 10 am, followed by open business meeting and general election of officers in context of the meeting of the Board over BYO sandwich lunch.
The coffee and program will be held in Matthews Lounge of the General Seminary. The annual lecture, to begin at 10 am, will be given by the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, Professor of Mission and World Christianity, as well as Sub-Dean at GTS. His chosen title is "COMPANIONSHIP: AN ANGLICAN SPIRITUALITY OF MISSION."
Titus Presler is without question the leading theologian of mission in the Episcopal Church.
A graduate of GTS of the class of 1979, he returned to GTS as Sub-Dean and Vice-President for Academic Affairs in August of 2005. A missiologist specializing in the interaction of gospel and culture and in the theology of mission, Dr. Presler has extensive experience in India, where he grew up at a seminary, and in Zimbabwe, where he and his wife Jane Butterfield were missionaries of the Episcopal Church. He has taught at Harvard Divinity School, Episcopal Divinity School, Gaul Theologial College in Harare, and the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, where he was Dean and President.
Among numerous publications, Dr. Presler is the author of "Horizons of Mission" in the New Church's Teaching Series (Cowley, 2001) and co-author of "The Vitality and Promise of Being Anglican," the report of the Global Anglicanism Project (Episcopal Church Foundation, 2005). As former chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, he also edited "Companions in Transformation: The Episcopal Church's World Mission in a New Century" (Morehouse, 2003).
Dr. Presler is an elected member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and serves on its International Concerns Committee. His extensive parish experience includes eleven years as Rector of St. Peter's Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A five-time General Convetnion deputy from the Diocese of Massachusetts, he co-chaired that diocese's Wider Mission Commission and Volunteers for Mission Committee. He earned his A.B. from Harvard, an M. Div. from GTS in 1979, and a Th.D. in Mission and New Testament from Boston University in 1995. He holds honorary degrees from General and Seabury-Western seminaries.
After a period of questions to Dr. Presler, there will follow the open business meeting of the Anglican Society, which as President I hereby call, of which the first item of business will be the election of officers as provided in article III of the Society's By-Laws. Officers to be elected shall be the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Membership/Subscription Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, and Episcopal Patron. By article VI of the Society's By-Laws, this meeting shall also be a meeting of the Board and all members of the Society are welcome to attend and vote. Those planning to attend are urged to bring their own brown-bag lunch, and the usual round of business and review of the Society's work will ensue.