In the Spirit’s Tether: A Centenary Celebration of William Palmer Ladd and Percy Dearmer at Berkeley

October 31, 2018


A Centenary Celebration of William Palmer Ladd and Percy Dearmer at Berkeley Divinity School
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January 25-26 2019

William Palmer Ladd, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School 1918-1941, was one of the leaders of the Liturgical Movement in the United States. Appointed Dean of Berkeley in 1918, he sought to expose students to the leading minds of a wider Church. His Prayer Book Interleaves influenced a generation of liturgists around the Church and foreshadowed the Prayer Book of 1979.

The first and perhaps most influential of those visiting professors at Berkeley Divinity School was Percy Dearmer, author of The Parson’s Handbook (1899) and co-editor with Ralph Vaughn Williams of The English Hymnal (1906). For Ladd, 1918-1919 was a time of great collaboration with Dearmer, which bore particular fruit in Ladd’s own liturgical leadership that eventually influenced the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church.

These two great liturgists were also keen advocates for the social witness of the Church, and opponents of any narrow approach to worship that failed to address its connection with life in general and the demands of justice.

This symposium marking the centenary of Ladd’s appointment and of Dearmer’s term as visiting professor comes as the Church considers liturgical renewal again. Speakers will reflect on the contributions of these remarkable figures and the challenges of the present and future. The title is drawn from Dearmer’s hymn text “Draw us in the Spirit’s tether” which includes the stanza:

All our meals and all our living
Make as sacraments of Thee,
That by caring, helping, giving
We may true disciples be.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
We will serve Thee faithfully.

 Event Schedule                                                                                   

Friday January 25th

11:30 a.m.        Celebration of the Eucharist with Yale Divinity School community
The Rev. Dr. Cathy George, Presiding, The Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Preaching 
Marquand Chapel                                                                                                                                 

12:30 p.m.        Lunch 
Northeast Wing, Old Common Room

2:00 p.m.         “Percy Dearmer Goes to America.”   
The Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw                                                                                                    
Northeast Wing, Old Refectory                                                                                                                       

3:00 p.m.         Break

3:30 p.m.         “The Intersection of ‘English Use’ Liturgy and Social Justice: Snapshots of Pugin, Dearmer, Noel and Ladd.”
The Rev. Dr. Bryan Spinks
Northeast Wing, Old Refectory                                                                                    

4:45 p.m.          Panel - TBA 
Northeast Wing, Old Refectory

5:45 p.m.          Evening Prayer
Marquand Chapel                                                                                                                                   

6:30 p.m.         Reception and Dinner 
Northeast Wing, Old Refectory

Saturday January 26th

8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast 
Northeast Wing, Old Common Room                                                                                                                        

8:30 a.m.         Morning Prayer
Marquand Chapel                                                                                                                               

9:00 a.m.         “Reclaiming the Christian Socialism of Percy Dearmer.”
The Very Rev. Dr. Martyn Percy
Northeast Wing, Old Refectory                                                                                                                        

10:15 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       Panel: Where to now with Liturgy and Society?
The Rev. Juan M.C. Oliver, Ph.D. 
The Rev. Alice Courtright, Dean of Chapel, St. Paul’s School
Northeast Wing, Old Refectory                                                                                                                        

Noon               Box lunch and Departure

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