Your Curmudgeon looks forward to attending his third annual Mere Anglicanism Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, starting Thursday of next week (January 28, 2016). The topic is timely: "The Cross and the Crescent -- the Gospel and the Challenge of Islam", and the roster of speakers is very distinguished. Adding to the value of the gathering are the wonderful choral evensong, morning prayer and concluding final mass services at Charleston's Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul.
It looks as though Charleston and its environs will escape the worst of the eastern winter weather, and my wife and I will be grateful for the chance to spend quality time with so many of our fellow Anglicans hailing from South Carolina and beyond. There still are places available for those who have not yet decided -- if you have any difficulties signing up, just tell them the Curmudgeon sent you.
Blogging will take a back seat to the Conference for its duration -- unless perchance the South Carolina Supreme Court issues a decision this next Wednesday, January 27. (The Court releases new decisions every Wednesday, and my experience has normally been that important decisions tend to come out when the Curmudgeon is on vacation.)
[UPDATE 01/27/2016: The Court released two opinions this morning, but neither one was the case involving Bishop Lawrence and his Diocese.]
We greatly value the friends we have made at this Conference over the years. We will, as usual, file a full report of the stimulating talks after it is over. If you are going to be in Charleston for this marvelous gathering, please do not be shy -- come forward and introduce yourself.