Society Notes

The distinguished actors Richard Pasco and Barbara Leigh-Hunt will be heading the cast for a Tyndale evening at Wells Cathedral on Saturday, 26th May 2001, at 7.15pm. Their readings from the Old and New Testaments will be introduced by Professor David Daniell, and will be followed by a talk given by Dr. Lavinia Byrne. This event is open to all, and is free, with a retiring collection. Please see the events listing for more details.

The lecture given by Jeremy Vine for the Society on 27th February 2001 was a truly stimulating event. His reports of the struggle, sorrow and joy that filled the lives of the South Africans he had met during his stay in their country were both moving and entertaining. He also described how the power of the written word to change lives was recognised, and celebrated, even through times of great difficulty. For this lecture, the Society was honoured to exchange the historic grandeur of Lambeth Palace for the chandeliered glamour of the British Academy. We were delighted that so many members and new friends were able to join us for this lecture, and for the drinks and dinner afterwards.

The programmes for the next Tyndale Society Conferences (Geneva and Leuven) are now being planned. The Geneva Conference will be over the weekend of 26-28 October, 2001 (see elsewhere in this Journal for details). The Leuven Conference will have a broader scope and range of events than previous conferences. It will be held in the ancient university town of Leuven in Belgium, and is scheduled for early September 2002. There will be a series of lectures by leading academic speakers, plus varied presentations of new scholarship in several areas of Reformation study. A full programme of general interest speakers and guided tours to important sites is also planned. More details will be published in future issues.

We are happy to report that Mrs. Mary Clow, one of our most ardent and enthusiastic members, has been elected a Trustee of the Tyndale Society. Her contribution, extending over a number of years, has been hugely effective and much appreciated by us all. It was the unanimous vote of the Committee that the Society would greatly benefit by having Mary Clow at the nerve-centre where her ideas could be discussed and help given to project them. Thank you, Mary, for agreeing to serve the Tyndale Society in this way.

Rowland Whitehead, Vice Chairman

If the aim of the Tyndale Society is to spread the message of William Tyndale and his works to as many people as possible, then our website now enables us to achieve this aim to anyone connected to the Internet. For the continuous development of this site our grateful thanks go to Ms. Deborah Pollard, an active member of the Society, who has devoted considerable time to this project, after completing her distinguished work on the Tyndale Concordance. Further developments to the site are planned for the future.

Sightings of Tyndale! The following quote from Tyndale’s Obedience of a Christian Man appears in the programme for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, where Tyndale keeps company with such diverse social commentators as George III, Tennyson and Churchill:

It is better to have a tyrant unto thy king than a shadow, a passive king that doth naught himself but suffreth others to do with him what they will and to lead him whither they list.

We are interested to hear of any sightings of Tyndale. These may be reported to the Editor and, wherever possible, they will be printed in the Journal.

Rochelle Givoni, April 2001

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