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29th May 2019

For the first time this year the annual conference of the Prayer Book Society is being brought
forward to August in a bid to encourage more school chaplains and teachers to attend.

In past years many teachers have expressed regret that they are unable to attend the three-
day event traditionally held in September, coinciding with the start of the new term, reports
Prudence Dailey, chairman of the PBS. The society encourages rediscovery and use of the
majesty and spiritual depth of The Book of Common Prayer at the heart of the Church of
England’s worship.

The title of this year’s conference at the Royal Agricultural University near Cirencester in
Gloucestershire from August 15 to 17 – An Incomparable Treasure: The Psalms in the Book
of Common Prayer – has attracted a line-up of speakers from across the country.

The Rev Dr Nick Moore – director of the MA programmes at the Durham theological college
Cranmer Hall – will preach during the sung evensong marking the start of the conference. At
Durham Dr Moore teaches practical theology, Anglicanism, biblical studies and patristics.

Prior to dinner the author of the book Life in the Psalms: Contemporary Meaning in Ancient
Texts, the Rev Canon Patrick Woodhouse, a former precentor of Wells Cathedral, will speak
about The Psalms: A resource for contemplative practice.

The following day the Rev Adam Gaunt, who is rector of Loftus-in-Cleveland and Carlin How
with Skinningrove and a member of General Synod, will talk about the creation of a
children’s choir in a Teesside church ‘with a little help from the Book of Common Prayer.’

Inspired by the sixteenth century English ecclesiastical reformer, Bible translator and
preacher Myles Coverdale – whose Psalter in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is still in
use today – the Rev Professor John Goldingay has chosen to speak on Coverdale’s God:
The theology of the Psalms.

Professor Goldingay is a former principal of St John’s College, Nottingham and a Professor
Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

The after-dinner speaker the same day will be the Rev Fergus Butler-Gallie. Having read
history at Oxford and theology at Cambridge he is now serving his title at
the Liverpool church of Our Lady and St Nicholas.

A regular media commentator on church affairs with almost 7,000 followers on Twitter, Mr
Butler-Gallie is the author of the recently-published best-seller A Field Guide to the English
Clergy which he describes as ‘a compendium of diverse eccentrics, pirates, prelates and

After breakfast on the final day of the conference Dr Austen Saunders, an expert on the
history of the book in sixteenth and seventeenth century England, will discuss The Language
of the Psalms.

Dr Saunders is a member of the editorial team preparing a new edition of the works of
Thomas Traherne, the seventeenth century English poet, clergyman, theologian, and religious writer. Dr Saunders is also secretary of the Ruskin Society. In his spare time he
works at the Bank of England helping to make policy for regulating banks and insurers.

To book a place at the conference – or for details of conference fees, accommodation
charges or the bursaries available for licensed or non-retired clergy, ordinands and
others aged under 30 – call the Prayer Book Society’s office on 0118 984 2582 or email

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