RCC-RILL looks at Anglican history

Dr. Christopher Agnew

Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew will examine “The Anglican Church in Eighteenth Century Virginia, 1690-1776” during a Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning course. It will take place on March 9, 23, and 30 in King George.

The L.E. Smoot Memorial Library in King George will be the venue for an examination of “The Anglican Church in Eighteenth Century Virginia, 1690-1776” by the Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Agnew. This course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will take place on March 9, 23, and 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Dr. Agnew will survey the role of religion in 18th-century Virginia, centering on John K. Nelson’s work: “A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776.” Among the topics he will consider are the nature of the church at the beginning of the 18th century, Anglican spirituality in the 18th century, the impact of the Great Awakening, and the state of the established church on the eve of the Revolution. Other Christian traditions will also be noted.

Dr. Agnew completed a Ph.D. in history in 1979. In addition to teaching history at both secondary and collegiate levels, he has held the positions of manuscript librarian of the Historical Society of Delaware, registrar and archivist of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, and board member for the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. He is the immediate past president of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists, and now serves at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Nomini Grove, Westmoreland County.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Anglican Church in Eighteenth Century Virginia, 1690-1776” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.