The George Herbert Society


George Herbert’s Pastoral: Poetry and Priesthood, Past and Future
Sarum College, Salisbury, England, October 4-7, 2007
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference



Thursday 4 October

From 4:00 p.m.            Arrivals and Registration

6:30 p.m.                     Evening meal

8:00-9:30 p.m.             Panel Session 1: Pastoral Poetry & Pastoral Practice I

- Christopher Hodgkins (Chair)
- Valerie Burgess, "George Herbert and the Journey of an Anti-Pastoral Experience"
- Anne-Marie Miller Blaise, “An Honest Shepherd's Remedy to Melancholy”
- Susan Alexander Osler, “Following the Lines: Comparing ‘The Collar’ and  ‘The Banquet’”
- Margaret Turnbull, “‘Shepherds are honest people’: Herbert and Pastoral  Poetry”

Friday 5 October

7:30 a.m.                     Morning Prayer and Communion in Cathedral (optional)

8:15 a.m.                     Breakfast

9:30 a.m.                     Keynote Lecturer 1: Professor David Jasper
                                  "Something Understood: From Poetry to Theology in the Writings of George Herbert"

10:45 a.m.                   Coffee

11:15-12:45 a.m.         Panel Session 2 (longer session):

Spiritual & Physical Health

- Cristina Malcolmson (Chair)
- Coleman Myron, “Parson, Lawyer, Physician: Herbert’s Threefold Plan of  Stewardship”
- Johannah Wetzel, “Poetry as Pastoral Care: George Herbert's Theology of Affliction”
- Curtis Whitaker, “The Pastor as Herbalist”
- Chauncey Wood, “Poverty, Charity, and the Law in Herbert's The Country Parson

Living Landscapes & Physical Spaces

- Hope Howell Hodgkins (Chair)
- Diane McColley, “The beasts say eat me”
- Philip Christensen, “Herbert's Pastoral: Vertues of Herbs and Stones”
- Anne Myers, “A Call for Charitable Interpretations: Restoring Herbert's Historic ‘Church-  porch’”
- Jeannie Judge, “Poet and Priest: Wearing the Collar, Spelling the Word”

Herbert in His Study

- William Finley (Chair)
- Adele Davidson, “Acrostics and the Cross: Pastoral and Puzzle in The Temple
- Kathryn Walls, “Early Seventeenth-Century Visions of the Church in England:   
  George Herbert and William Baspoole”
- Patricia Ward, “Herbert's Posy”
- Kenichiro Watanabe, “George Herbert and Commonplace Books”

1:00 p.m.                     Lunch

1:45-3:15 p.m.             Panel Session 3:

Biblical & Liturgical Connections

- Jennifer Grotz (Chair)
- Paul Dyck, “The Temple and the Liturgical Experience of Scripture”
- Kate Narveson, “Beyond Translation and Meditation: George Herbert as New Psalmist”
- Debra Rienstra, “Singing True Hymns with the Sidneys: George Herbert’s The  Temple and
  Sidneian Psalms and Sonnets"

Pastoral Poetry & Pastoral Practice II

- Elizabeth Clarke (Chair)
- Gene Edward Veith, “Brittle Crazy Glass: George Herbert, Vocation, and the   
  Two Priesthoods”
- Clayton Lein, “Steps to the Temple: The Road to Bemerton” 
- Donald Friedman, “Pastoral Conversions”
- Christopher Hodgkins, “Singing Shepherds and Beauteous Words: Herbert’s
  Reformed Pastoral”

Persons & Personalities I

- David Jasper (Chair)
- Anthony Martin, “‘To do a piece of right’: Mr. Duncon and Mr. Herbert's Books”
- Fahimeh Naseri, “Herbert's Anglican Reformism: The Wiltshire Connection”
- Jonathan Nauman, “Herbert and Monteverdi: Heaven’s Echo and the Italian Baroque”
- John Chandler, "The Country Parson's Flock: George Herbert at Bemerton in 1632"

3:15 p.m.                     Tea

3:30 p.m.                    George Herbert’s Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies—
                                 An Invitation to UNCG 2008
Christopher Hodgkins, William K. Finley

3:45 p.m.                    Keynote Lecturer 2: Professor Helen Wilcox
“'Hallowed Fire': or, when is a poet not a priest?"

5:15 p.m.                    Book Launch and Reception with Cambridge University Press

6:30 p.m.                    Dinner

8:00 p.m.                    Concert at St. Martin’s Church with Farrant Singers
                                    - Vaughan Williams, Five Mystical Songs
                                    - Simon McEnery and Herbert Song Settings

Saturday 6 October

7:30 a.m.                     Morning Prayer and Communion in Cathedral (optional)

8:15 a.m.                     Breakfast

9:30 a.m.                     Keynote Lecturer 3: Professor Cristina Malcolmson
                                   "William Herbert's Gardener"

10:30 a.m.                   Coffee

10:45 a.m.                  Special Presentation—Musical Settings of Herbert
                                    Paulette Goll

11:15-12:45 a.m.         Panel Session 4 (longer session):

Persons & Personalities II

- Helen Wilcox (Chair)
- Sid Gottlieb, “Under Salisbury Spire with the Fictional George Herbert”
- Cynthia Gaw, “Philosophers in the Temple: George Herbert and Natural Science”
- Angela Balla, “Baconian Investigation and Spiritual Standing in Herbert's Temple
- Jennifer Kilgore, “Reconciling the Parties: Herbert Among His Peers”

Toward a Holy Life: Herbert on Vocation

- Erik Ankerberg (Chair)
- Kenneth Graham, “‘Thy rod, my posie?’: Herbert's Pastoral Poetics”
- Erik Ankerberg, “‘One creation will not suffice our turn’: Herbert and the Vocations of
  the Baptized”
- Sean McDowell, “Briefe Notes on Valdesso’s Considerations”
- Clinton Brand, “Herbert’s Hidden Life: Opening the Soul’s Most Subtle Rooms”

1:00 p.m.                     Lunch

1:45 p.m.                     Trip to Bemerton (walk or bus). Visit St. Andrew’s and locality

2:15 p.m.                    St. Andrew’s Church, Bemerton
                                    The Continuing Tradition at George
                                    Herbert's Church, with local people

4:00 p.m.                     Tea locally and return to Salisbury

5:30 p.m.                     Evensong in Cathedral

6:30 p.m.                     Principal’s Reception

7:00 p.m.                     Banquet
                                    Guest of Honor—The Right Reverend David Stancliffe,
                                    Bishop of Salisbury

                                    Sonia Woolley – Readings from George Herbert's Poetry

Sunday 7 October

8:15 a.m.                     Breakfast

Morning                      Departures and/or visit to Wilton House (optional)