78th Annual Conference of the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee
August 9-11, 2024
St. Mary’s Conference Center in Sewanee, TN

“Brothers Dwelling Together in Unity”


The Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee (“ECT”) have gathered on the Mountain at Sewanee every summer since 1947. The DuBose Conference Cen­ter hosted the gathering for 76 years until clos­ing in 2022. In 2023, the conference moved to a new home at St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Develop­ment.

We will meet the second weekend of August on August 9th through the 11th. The conference theme will be “Brothers Dwelling Together in Unity.” We will have three speakers discussing how Democrats and Republicans, Left and Right, can be united as brothers through the love of Christ and the Church.

Our first speaker, Spencer Klavan, holds a B.A. in Literature and Linguistics, with a minor in Theatre Studies, from Yale University, a Master’s degree in Literature and Linguistics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Classical Languages from Oxford University. He is host of the Young Heretics podcast that “explores the concepts of truth, beauty, and everything that makes Western culture great.” Klavan also holds the position of Associate Editor at both The Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind. He authored How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises and Music in Ancient Greece: Melody, Rhythm, and Life. He is currently working on a new book focused on faith in the modern technological age.

Our second speaker, John M. McCardell, Jr., is the Vice-Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of History at the University of the South at Sewanee, where he served as Vice-Chancellor from 2010-2020. He also held the position of President at Middlebury College from 1992 to 2004 and currently holds the title of President Emeritus. McCardell is the author of The Idea of a Southern Nation which was awarded the Alan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. He is a distinguished historian with a concentration in U.S history with emphasis on the Old South. A lifelong Episcopalian, he holds an A.B. from Washington and Lee University and Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a L.H.D. from Washington and Lee University, a Lit. D. from St. Michaels College and a Lit. D from Middlebury College.

Our third speaker, William H. Haltom, Jr., earned his B.A. and J.D. from The University of Tennessee and has held significant leadership roles, including the presidency of The University of Tennessee Student Government Association, the Memphis Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. He chaired the Healthcare Law Practice Group at the Memphis-based firm of Lewis Thomason, P.C. He served as the chair of the editorial board of the ABA Journal. Haltom has written numerous books including, The Other Fellow May be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker, Why Can’t Mother Vote? and Never Over the Hill.

On Saturday, there will be opportunities for golf, tennis, cycling, hiking, fly fishing, and a tour of the area. Sunday we will conclude as always with worship at the magnificent All Saints Chapel at the University of the South at Sewanee.

Let’s make the 78th annual Conference of the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee the greatest one yet! The Bishop’s Round-Up of the Churchmen from the Diocese of West Tennessee hosted by Bishop Phoebe Roaf will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.

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