Date: February 16, 2022
I am thrilled and thankful to our Center for Anglican Communion Studies for hosting their first forum this semester with a notable guest, former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold. Bishop Griswold and his spouse Phoebe Griswold arrive today and will be our guests for two nights.
Bishop Griswold will preside and preach at Thursday evening Eucharist and then give a lecture “Mary and the Communion of Saints” in the Lettie Pate Evans Room at 7 pm. (Sign up for the lecture here; a reception will follow.) The lecture is the first in the Center’s spring series addressing their theme for the year, The Anglican Communion and Latin America. And what a powerful start it is: Bishop Griswold will utilize poetry and art to look at Mary from a variety of denominational and theological angles. This is a discussion not to be missed.
Bishop Griswold is a wise and warm theologian with a host of respected contemplative works to his name. His wife Phoebe, an author as well, is an active lay leader in the Anglican Communion with particular expertise in women’s spirituality, the arts and issues of peace and development. She has presented workshops across the Communion including for spouses at the last Lambeth Conference of Bishops.
If you have signed up to be a Companion of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (see my Monday Commentary and the Center’s launch of the Companions on Facebook), attending this event with Bishop Griswold will qualify as one of the 3 events that you commit to attending each year as a Companion. If you somehow missed the Companions launch on Monday, please do join and engage in meaningful discussions on Anglicanism with scholars and leaders from across the world.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President