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Calvin Lane

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Calvin_LaneI currently serve as priest-in-charge of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Louisiana, and Affiliate Professor of Church History at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. In addition to being a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, I hold a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, an M.T.S. from Nashotah House, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Iowa.

In 2010 I was joined in marriage to Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane, whom I met while we were both grad students at Iowa. Denise now serves as assistant professor at Bethany Theological Seminary in Indiana (she teaches at a distance and during short-term sessions). We have one son, Daniel Calvin Lane, born in January 2013 and baptized on Whitsunday.

I have held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church for research in both the U.S. and the U.K. In addition to my regular participation in the American Society of Church History and the Sixteenth Century Society, I have published articles in Anglican and Episcopal History and Reformation and Renaissance Review and my book, The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church: History, Polemic and Religious Identity in Post-Reformation England (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013). In the latter project, I explore the way the Laudians of the 17th century constructed a convenient historical narrative of the past in order to pass off as conservative and old fashioned what was, on any assessment, a thoroughly innovative liturgical program for the church.

In both my church life and my academic life, I am deeply interested in the way people define their religious identity — what factors go into making one an “Evangelical,” a “Catholic,” or perhaps more pointedly an “Anglican.” The conversation, I believe, inevitably returns to liturgy as the focal point for that process of definition. Liturgy is the intersection for belief and practice, the place where ecclesiology, ascetical theology, and of course our sacramental relationship with God is worked out. It is in those moments we come to know who we are.

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