Conference Paper (Revisting the Problem of the Twentieth Century)

Below is a copy of the conference press release. I am working hard to get this paper as well as another one completed for journal submission.


The Saint James Conference 2013

Friday 14 June through Sunday 16 June

Saint James School, St. James, Maryland


“Revisiting the Problem of the Twentieth Century: Will Evangelical and

Faith-Based Schools Mend the Color Line in the Twenty-First Century?”

Mr. Edward Carson

Instructor, Department of History & Social Science

Houston Christian High School, Texas


“How We Make Christ Present in School Ministry”

The Rev. D. Stuart Dunnan, D.Phil (Oxon)

Rector & Headmaster

Saint James School, Maryland


Tom Brown’s School Days, Thomas Arnold, and Classical Christian Education Today”

James Freeman, Ph.D

Headmaster, Alpine Classical School

Alpine, West Texas

“Christianity and Honor:  A Traditional Concern in 21st-Century Schools”


David Hein, Ph.D, FRHistS

Professor of Religion & Philosophy

Hood College, Maryland


“The Demise of Compulsory Chapel in New England Boarding Schools”

Frederick Jordan, Ph.D

History Department Chair

Woodberry Forest School, Virginia


“Apostles of Education: The Role of the Bishops in Promoting Episcopal Schools, 1783 to 1873”

The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Henery

Formerly Helmuth Professor of Ecclesiastical History and the John Maury Allin Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Wisconsin

Director of Spiritual Life, St.John’s-Northwestern Military Academy

Delafield, Wisconsin


A scholarly response and open Q & A will follow each paper presentation.

Conference Moderator

The Reverend W. L. “Chip” Prehn, Ph.D (Charlottesville)

Headmaster, Trinity School

Midland, West Texas

Saturday Afternoon Panelists

Father Dunnan, Father Henery, Dr. Freeman, Father F. Washington Jarvis, Dr. Jordan

Conference Chaplain

The Reverend Dr. O. William Daniel, Jr.

Chaplain, Saint James School, Maryland

The Conference will begin with Evensong at 5:30 P.M. on Friday, June 14th.

Lodging and all meals will be provided on the Saint James campus.

The Conference will close on Sunday following Holy Eucharist and Brunch.

Saint James School is situated in the Great Valley of America, sixty-five miles northwest of Washington, D.C.  Dulles is the nearest airport.  The school is only six miles from the Sharpsburg/Antietam National Battlefield and quite close to the intersection of Interstate Highways 70 and 81.  Historic Harper’s Ferry WV is also near.

The Purpose of the Saint James Conference

Founded in A.D. 2012 as part of the celebration of Father Stuart Dunnan’s twentieth anniversary as Headmaster of historic Saint James School, Maryland, the Saint James Conference is a gathering of friends, educators, and scholars from all over North America and abroad.  Convening as Christians dedicated at once to the premier education of the whole person and to the historic Faith of the Church, conference participants will engage with scholars, worship and pray together, and enjoy the hospitality of Saint James School in beautiful Western Maryland.  The campus is one of the most beautiful in America.

Most independent school educators attend conferences and workshops designed to give them state-of-the-art practical knowledge in one kind or another; for example, of educational psychology, of statistical studies, of educational anthropology, of curriculum development, of educational technology, of brain research, or of the latest tips on pedagogy.  The Saint James Conference complements other kinds of professional development by affording educators the opportunity to gain insights and inspiration from the latest scholarship in the humanities, history, literature, classics, theology, philosophy, economics, biblical studies, and other disciplines considered under the aspect of liberal education and the liberal arts.  New knowledge and interpretations in these fields can lead directly to conceptual changes in the world, and these conceptual changes do alter how we teach, how we learn, and how we relate to one another in and out of school.  Thus it is crucial that we school folk consider these other disciplines in our continuing education.

The inaugural Conference in June 2012 was a most enjoyable fellowship of Christian focus, hearty conversation, solid learning, debate, and worthy inspiration.  (The meals were delicious!)  Said one Conference participant, “This was truly one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had in terms of professional development.  It was not only high-toned and the papers were very stimulating, but the genuine camaraderie we enjoyed in just a few days was very useful to me as an independent school educator.  This was a very special gathering.”

The Conference begins with Evensong at 5:30 P.M. on June 14th.

All participants and guests will find lodging and meals at Saint James School

and/or at the nearby Hagerstown Sleep Inn.  The Conference is a great bargain!

  For cost info, more details, and to register:

Saint James and the Church School Movement

Saint James School (1842) is the oldest Episcopal college preparatory school in the United States built on the unique and eminently successful “Church school” model established by William Augustus Muhlenberg (1796-1877) and his immediate protégés, John Barrett Kerfoot (1816-1883), Henry Augustus Coit (1830-1895), and J. Lloyd Breck (1818-1876).  The movement began in 1828 on Long Island.  The disciples founded Saint James, St. Paul’s in New Hampshire (1856), and the Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota (1858).  Faculty from Saint James School founded not only St. Paul’s, Concord, but Saint Mark’s, Southborough MA (1865), Racine College in Wisconsin (1852), and other schools.  The founders of Groton School in Massachusetts (1884), TMI-Episcopal in Texas (1893), the Pomfret School in Connecticut (1894), St. George’s School in Rhode Island (1896), St. Andrew’s School in Sewanee TN (1904), and the Kent School in Connecticut (1906) named Muhlenberg and his disciples the pioneers of their own philosophy and practice.


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