New Methodist Review Article

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 27 April 2011 1:47 pm

Dana L. Robert and David W. Scott, “World Growth of The United Methodist Church in Comparative Perspective: A Brief Statistical Analysis”\r\n\r\nAbstract: This study compares the worldwide growth of The United Methodist Church to that of its “sister” denominations such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church, and the Church of the Nazarene. Among the key findings of the study is the fact that since 2000, on a country-by-country basis, United Methodism generally has been growing more slowly than its sister denominations. The authors explore the significance of their findings, and identify the need for a robust missiological research agenda to understand the reasons behind the relatively low growth rates of United Methodism worldwide. They suggest several avenues for this future research and speculate about possible sociological, structural, ecclesiological, and cultural explanations for the phenomenon.\r\n\r\nThis article is now available in our current issue at http://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr. We invite you to review the Table of Contents below and then visit our web site to read the new article and other items of interest.\r\n\r\nRex D. Matthews,  Candler School of Theology, rex.matthews@emory.edu

Latest issue of Crucible, the Evangelical Alliance online theological journal

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 19 April 2011 3:00 pm

Dear Friends of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research\r\n\r\nThe latest issue of Crucible the online theological journal of the Evangelical Alliance showcases a number of articles by Research Fellows of the ACWR.  http://www.ea.org.au/Crucible.aspx\r\n\r\nThree Fellows serve on the Editorial board of Crucible (Brian Edgar, Stuart Devenish and Glen O’Brien) and the following articles are all by Research fellows of the ACWR.\r\n\r\nJonathan Case,  “Music of the Spheres: Music and the Divine Life in George Steiner and Robert W. Jenson: part 1 Orientations.” http://www.ea.org.au/Crucible/Issues/Music-of-the-Spheres-Part-1-Orientations.aspx\r\n\r\nStuart Devenish, “Australian Gen-Y Spirituality: The Spirit of the Me-Generation”  http://www.ea.org.au/Crucible/Issues/Australian-Gen-Y-Spirituality-The-Spirit-of-the-Me-Generati.aspx\r\n\r\nBrian Edgar, Review of “The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.  http://www.ea.org.au/Crucible/Issues/Richard-Wilkinson-and-Kate-Pickett–The-Spirit-Level–Why-M.aspx\r\n\r\nGlen O’Brien, Review of “Aldersgate and Athens: John Wesley and the Foundations of Christian Belief” by William J. Abraham.  http://www.ea.org.au/Crucible/Issues/Abraham-Aldersgate-and-Athens-John-Wesley-and-the-Foundatio.aspx\r\n\r\nPlease promote the journal among your friends and colleagues.

The Methodist Review Newsletter April 2011

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 19 April 2011 1:39 pm

The April 2011 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter, a free quarterly electronic newsletter intended for all those who are interested in the world of Wesleyan and Methodist scholarship, has now been published. The newsletter is a supplemental service of Methodist Review, and is available free of charge four times a year (January, April, July, and October) to all subscribers to the journal. The newsletter is a supplemental service of Methodist Review, and will be available free of charge four times a year (January, April, July, and October) to all subscribers to the journal through its website: www.methodistreview.org.\r\n\r\nRex D. Matthews,  Candler School of Theology,  rex.matthews@emory.edu

Manchester Wesley Research Centre News

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 12 April 2011 4:53 pm

Dear Friends of the MWRC, Recent MWRC and related news:\r\n\r\nProfessor Richard Heitzentrater’s MWRC Annual Lecture on will be on Monday 13th June 2011 at 5pm. The title of his lecture is ‘“An Exact Image”: Portraits of John Wesley’.\r\n\r\nWesley and Methodist Studies vol. 3 will be published later this month. Amongst other articles the volume will feature five illuminating essays from an American Academy of Religion session on ‘Methodism and the African Diaspora 1738-1834’.\r\n\r\nThe MWRC and Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History is pleased to announce that the volume ‘Religion, Gender and Industry: Exploring Church and Methodism in a Local Setting’ has been submitted to Wipf and Stock for publication. The volume consists of thirteen essays first presented at a conference of the same name in Madeley, Shropshire in June 2009, and is due to be published this autumn.\r\n\r\nThe MWRC has recently elected three new Honorary Fellows: Revd Dr Glen O’Brien, Revd Dr Calvin Samuel, and Revd Dr Ralph Waller. Information about Honorary Fellows can be found at: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/honorary-fellows/\r\n\r\nYou may be interested in listening to an eight minute segment on Methodist missions in the UK and abroad from BBC Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ programme recorded in Sept. 2010: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00txhh3\r\n\r\nThe title of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History annual Wesley lecture by Prof. David Hempton on Thursday 9 June, is: ‘Slaves, Catholics, and Radicals: Methodism and Moral Capital 1770-1830’. The lecture will take place in Lincoln College, Oxford at 5.00pm.\r\n\r\n