On 13th and 14th October, the Society held its AGM and Annual Crichton Memorial Lecture at St.Aloysius Church in London, near King’s Cross. The conference kicked off with a Eucharist at Westminster Abbey on the Friday to commemorate St.Edward the Confessor. A beautiful Church of England ritual with superb music from the Abbey choir of men and boys singing Taverner and Monteverdi was attended by a sizeable group of SSG delegates. The day was rounded off with a meal at a local restaurant.
More delegates assembled the next day at St.Aloysius Church hall for the conference and lecture. After Morning Prayer, former Chair of the Society John Ainslie presented an interesting and well-documented workshop on the Psalms, which included references to their Jewish origins as well as examples of various ways in which psalms are sung by different religious groups.
After lunch, the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St.James’s Church, Piccadilly, delivered the Annual Crichton Memorial Lecture entitled ‛Followers of Christ: Anglicans and Catholics journeying together’. Following on the theme of this year’s Summer School, ‛Pilgrims Together’, and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lucy Winkett shared her journey of faith through music and the broadly Anglo-Catholic liturgy of her youth, through her formation as a theological student (involving some common classes with Catholics) and then her present experience at St. James’s, where the shape of the building is very much a part of the liturgical experience. Winkett is an engaging speaker, whose ministry is at once rooted in the Catholic tradition of her childhood and open to new possibilities, witness a monthly Eucharist using St.James’s unique outdoor pulpit, with music from a Gospel choir.
After the Society AGM where Mgr Kevin McGinnell was re-elected Chair for a further three years, the day concluded waith Evening Prayer. The Society thanks Mary Rouse for her excellent work in organising the 2017 Autumn Assembly.