Evangelical History Association Meeting at Macquarie University

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 25 November 2010 3:13 pm

The Evangelical History Association will hold its Annual General Meeting at Macquarie University tomorrow evening,  Friday 26 November at 7.30pm, in room 107, building W6A.  The keynote address will be delivered by Prof Robert Linder: ‘Why did Australian evangelicals resist the leadership of Alan Walker?’  All members and friends of the EHA are invited to attend.


New Wesley Article and Conference Reminder

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 16 November 2010 3:16 pm

The current issue of the Journal of Religious History includes an article on ‘John Wesley’s Conflict with James Hervey and its Effects in Scotland’.  You can read the abstract here:


One of our Research Fellows will be honoured this week at a Conference at the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville 18-20 Nov.  The Rev. Professor Emeritus Norman Young will celebrate his 80th birthday and the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the Methodist ministry.

Keynote speakers are Fr. Gerald O’Collins and Mary Elizabeth Moore.  Glen O’Brien will present a paper on ‘Christian Perfection and Australian Methodism’ and another of our Research Fellows, the Rev. Prof Ian Breward will speak on ‘Charles Wesley’s Eucharistic Hymns.’ Of course Prof. Young will also address the Conference.

A full list of papers and registration details are available here: http://ctm.uca.edu.au/grace

Draft Program for the Methodism in Australia Workshop

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 8 November 2010 11:56 am

Draft Program: Methodism in Australia

Wesley College, University of Sydney, December 3, 2010

A workshop funded with the support of the Australian Research Council and the Humanities Research Centre, University of Newcastle

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Welcome

9:00 – 11:00 am

  • Glen O’Brien (Sydney College of Divinity): “Not Radically a Dissenter”: The Rev. Samuel Leigh in the Colony of New South Wales
  • Hilary M. Carey (Newcastle): ‘An Agency for Expanding Christianity’: Methodism and the British World
  • Daryl Lightfoot (Vice-President, World Methodist Historical Society): Rev. Thomas Collins of Sandhurst-A Vicarious Wesleyan Ministry in New South Wales
  • David Roberts/ William Emilsen (Discussants) Forum: Methodists, Aborigines and Missions

11:00 – 11:30 am Morning tea

11:30 – 1:00 pm

  • Renate Howe (Deakin): Victorian Goldfields Methodism, 1850-1900
  • Troy Duncan (Newcastle): “Methodism is the living cement of the British Empire:” imperial sentiment among Australian Methodists before World War One
  • Brian Howe (Melbourne): Colin Williams; A Theology of Engagement

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2 – 3:00 pm Plenary Forum (Chair: Ian Breward): The National History of Methodism in Australia Project

3- 3:30 pm Afternoon Tea

3:30- 5:00 pm

  • Garry W. Trompf (Sydney): Of Methodist Scholarship
  • Marion Maddox (Macquarie): The Wowser and the Activist
  • Jennifer Clark (New England): ‘The new age needs a new spiritual dynamic’: Methodism and the Challenge of the Sixties

6 pm   Conference Dinner: Venue to be announced.

Full details can be found at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/institute/humanities-research/activities-and-events.html

Asbury Wesleyan Studies Summer 2011 Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 12 October 2010 4:08 pm

Asbury Theological Seminary and Asbury University have recently announced their first annual Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar to be held June 2011.  This seminar is being established to develop and support research, writing and publication in the broad field of Wesleyan studies. The seminar will promote the work of serious researchers in the following ways:

  • Making the scholarly resources of Asbury Seminary and Asbury University available to each participant.
  • Fostering dialog between researchers and the faculty of Asbury Seminary and University who have expertise in the researcher’s field.
  • Creating an environment for conversation, study and networking among scholars in the field of Wesleyan studies.

There are no tuition charges for the seminars, and participants will have  access with full privileges  not only to the B.L. Fisher and Kinlaw  libraries  (including significant electronic databases)  but also to their special collection holdings in Wesleyan and Methodist studies.  The staff of the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar will also help to make arrangements for free housing at the Asbury Inn for each participant throughout the seminar.  ATS will pay the airfare for international researchers. Beyond this, all other personal expenses (travel and food for example) will be the responsibility of the researchers, though the seminar will provide a common meal on the evening of each seminar.

You can check out our  website at the following address for more information:  http://www.asburyseminary.edu/wesleyan-studies

Duke Divinity School Summer 2011 Wesley Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 12 October 2010 4:04 pm

Dr. Randy Maddox has reminded us that Duke Divinity School’s regular Summer Wesley Seminar is coming up again. The seminar will run from May 31 – June 24, 2011.  You can find general information and an application form here:  http://www.divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/cswt/research-resources/summer-wesley-seminar

He mentions the following highlights about this year’s seminar:

  • First, it has been planned to coincide with a meeting of the Charles Wesley Society (June 22-24), and a celebration of the contribution of Frank Baker to Wesley Studies (on the 100th anniversary of Baker’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his move to Duke). Thus, we have particular interest in projects that touch on Charles Wesley or on Baker’s contribution – though we continue to encourage applicants on any topic touching in some way on Wesley or Methodist studies.
  • Second, we will be targeting some increased funding (from $1500 up to a total of $2500) to enable scholars to attend this seminar. In most cases, this funding will be dedicated to defraying costs of housing, food, and travel. The level of funding will be based on need and on the promise of the proposed project.

If you have any questions about the seminar, please be in touch; and please feel free to share this information with any whom you think may be interested. Randy can be contacted at:    rmaddox@div.duke.edu

World Methodist Historical Society Newsletter

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 11 October 2010 3:55 pm

In the latest newsletter of the World Methodist Historical Society there was a brief note from Richard Waugh on our recent Conference.  Just to clarify, though, the national History of Methodism Project is not an activity of the ACWR. It is a university based project supported by an Australian Research Council grant, and convened by Prof Hilary Carey, Dr. Troy Duncan, and Dr. Glen O’Brien.

New resource for Charles Wesley's manuscripts

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Sunday 22 August 2010 1:12 pm

The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School is pleased to announce the launch of a major page on our website.  The link to this page, which is devoted to transcripts of all surviving verse that Charles Wesley left in manuscript at his death can be found on this main page:  http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/cswt/wesley-texts.

When conjoined with the page launched earlier, giving verse that Charles Wesley published during his lifetime, this constitutes the first unified setting in which scholars and others have access to ALL of Charles Wesley’s surviving verse. The website will remain free access, so you are encouraged to use it in classes, etc. You are welcome to download the pdf files to your own computer (if you download the full set you can put them in one folder for search purposes). We simply ask that you observe the citation guidelines.  If you have downloaded transcripts of the published verse offered earlier, you might want to download updated files, as we have made a few corrections and added footnotes to identify which hymns have surviving manuscript drafts available.  If you have made an earlier link to a site, note the slightly changed address above, resulting from a redesign of the entire Divinity School website.

Theology conference in honour of Norman Young

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 30 July 2010 4:42 pm

There is an upcoming conference at the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry to honour one of our Research Fellows – Prof. Norman Young on the theme of Grace: Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined. See http://ctm.uca.edu.au/grace

New Australian Methodism Paper

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 14 July 2010 8:05 am

Glen O’Brien recently attended the Australian Historical Association Conference in Perth, where he presented a paper on “The Empire’s Titanic Sruggle: Australian Methodism and the Great War” with a focus on A. T. Holden, Methodist Chaplain-General to the Commonwealth Military Forces. See http://www.ahareviewinghistory.com/

History of Methodism Workshop

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Saturday 3 July 2010 12:01 pm

Glen O’Brien is co-convenor of the National History of Methodism Project along with Professor Hilary Carey and Dr. Troy Duncan of Newcastle University.  The Project is supported financially through an ARC Discovery Project Grant grant to Hilary Carey (University of Newcastle) and David Roberts (University of New England); the University of Newcastle Humanities Research Institute; and the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University. Additional sponsors are actively sought over the five-year term of the project.

A workshop on the history of Methodism in Australia will be held at Wesley College, University of Sydney, on Friday 3 December 2010. Speakers will include Ian Breward, Hilary Carey, William Emilsen, Glen O’Brien, and Marion Maddox.

This is intended to be the first of a series of workshops which aim to produce a collaborative history of Methodism in Australia in time for the bicentenary of the arrival of the Rev. Samuel Leigh in Sydney in 1815. Workshops in Melbourne and (hopefully) Adelaide are planned for 2011.

There is no national history of Methodism, one of Australia’s largest and most important historical churches, and a scholarly history is felt to be long overdue. For more information, or to offer a paper or financial or other assistance, please contact the Sydney workshop organizer Dr Troy Duncan: Troy.Duncan@newcastle.edu.au.