Report on Asbury Wesley Studies Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 21 July 2011 8:38 am

Asbury Seminary and University have just finished their inaugural Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar.  This seminar has been established to develop and support academic research, writing and publication in the broad field of Wesleyan studies.  It represents Asbury Seminary and Asbury University’s recent initiative to become leading research institutions in Wesleyan Studies in the days ahead.\r\n\r\nOur first class was culturally diverse representing an international community of scholars ranging from Costa Rica to South Korea. Moreover, Latino and African-American contributions to the seminar were engaging and significant.   Topics ranged from “Moral and Spiritual Liberty in John Wesley’s Anthropology,” to “Sanctification in the German Pietist and Moravian Communities” to “John Wesley’s Liturgical Theology” and on to “John Wesley as a Theological Mentor for the AME Church.”    In the course of our work this month the seminar also considered the following topics:\r\n\r\n·        Wesley Studies as an Exercise in Critical Thinking\r\n\r\n·        Historiography and Wesleyan Studies\r\n\r\n·        How to Work Efficiently in Writing a Manuscript\r\n\r\n·        How to Use Electronic Notes in Scholarship\r\n\r\n·        Working with Publishers\r\n\r\nOur model utilizes the broad ranging faculty resources of both institutions thereby matching the appropriate faculty person with each researcher at the seminar sessions.  This has worked remarkably well and has given each session considerable depth, marked by expertise.\r\n\r\nAlso, the dinners which were  held after each seminar  created a strong sense of community among the faculty and researchers.  This was a pleasant and welcomed surprise.\r\n\r\nWe upgraded the free housing of the seminar by providing not simply a hotel room but fully furnished apartments (with kitchens, microwaves cable etc.) which many spouses, by the way, took advantage of as well.\r\n\r\nEach researcher was also provided with the following:\r\n\r\n·        A library card for both institutions with full privileges\r\n\r\n·        An electronic database in Wesleyan Studies (on CD)\r\n\r\n·        A private Study Carrel\r\n\r\n·        A Free Book\r\n\r\n·        Breakfast every day\r\n\r\n·        A telephone number (24/7) for any problem, research or otherwise\r\n\r\n·        Personal web page (including a starter bibliography) for each researcher put together by our library staff\r\n\r\n·        Ongoing assistance in the process of publication\r\n\r\nIf you would like to apply for the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar for next year you can find the information at the following address:    http://www.asburyseminary.edu/wesleyan-studies/wesleyan-studies-summer-seminar\r\n\r\nThe WSSS will meet in 2012 and 2013 in order to launch our program fully.   In co-operation with Duke Divinity School, the WSSS will not meet in 2014 but will return in odd numbered years thereafter.\r\n\r\nKenneth J. Collins, Ph.D.,  Professor of Wesley Studies and Historical Theology,  Director of the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary

Update – Wesley Studies Symposium – Tyndale Seminary

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 21 July 2011 8:33 am

Friends and Colleagues:\r\n\r\nHere is an update on the Tyndale Wesley Studies Symposium. I am sending this to all those who registered for the Symposium last month (March 15), and others who have expressed interest from time to time.\r\n\r\nFirst: The 2012 Wesley Studies Symposium has been scheduled for Tyndale Seminary on March 13. More information will follow. If you would like to present a paper, or have suggestions, please let me know.\r\n\r\nSecond: Four of the papers from last month’s Symposium have been posted on the Wesley Studies Page of the Tyndale Seminary website.\r\n\r\n(http://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/wesley-studies/conferences).\r\n\r\nThese are the ones posted so far:\r\n\r\nProf. David Rainey, “The Future of Wesleyan Theology with a Missional Agenda”\r\n\r\nRob Clements, “The Quest for the Historical Wesley: An Analysis of the Earliest Biographies (1791-1825)” (Paper in pdf format, and the “map” analyzing Wesley biographies in jpg format)\r\n\r\nDr. Marlon De Blasio, “Conversion, Justification, and the Experience of Grace in the Post-Aldersgate Wesley”\r\n\r\nMichael Tapper, “Assessing Social Sin: A Critical Task in Contemporary Methodism”\r\n\r\nThird, the first two volumes of the Tyndale Studies in Wesleyan History and Theology are now available for purchase online and in the Tyndale bookstore: Mercy Immense and Free: Essays on Wesley and Wesleyan Theology, by Victor Shepherd, and Yes in Christ: Wesleyan Reflections on Gospel, Mission, and Culture, by Howard Snyder.\r\n\r\nThank you for your interest in Wesleyan theology and mission. I look forward to seeing many of you at next year’s symposium.\r\n\r\nHoward A. Snyder, Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Ontario [Professor, History & Theology of Mission, School of World Mission & Evangelism, Asbury Seminary, 1996-2006]\r\n\r\nClick Here for Howard’s Website: www.wineskins.net

Professor Richard Heitzenrater’s Recent Annual MWRC Lecture

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 19 July 2011 8:35 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre,\r\n\r\nI am writing to let you know that Professor Richard Heitzenrater’s recent Annual Lecture titled ‘”An Exact Image”: Portraits of John Wesley’ is now available to be listened to as a audio file along with the accompanying Power Point. The files can be accessed by visiting the MWRC homepage at: mwrc.ac.uk You may also be interested in reading the NCN News story about the lecture at: http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ncn/article.jsp?id=10010425\r\n\r\nInformation about past and future annual lectures can be found at: mwrc.ac.uk/mwrc-annual-lecture/\r\n\r\nYours,\r\n\r\nGeordan Hammond, Ph.D.\r\nDirector, Manchester Wesley Research Centre\r\nCo-editor, Wesley and Methodist Studies\r\n\r\nLecturer in Church History & Wesley Studies\r\nNazarene Theological College\r\nDene Road, Didsbury\r\nManchester M20 2GU, UK\r\nwww.mwrc.ac.uk

Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Conference 2012

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 13 July 2011 3:02 pm

WESLEYAN THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY\r\n\r\nOn Faith(s): The Wesleyan Tradition and the World’s Religions \r\n\r\nAnnual Conference\r\n\r\nMarch 2-3, 2012\r\n\r\nTrevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nPlenary Session Speaker: Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and Director of Doctor of Philosophy Program, Regent University.\r\n

Presidential Address: Dr. Elaine A. Heath, McCresless Associate Professor of Evangelism, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

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A Call for Papers

\r\nPapers are invited on the general theme of the Church’s encounters with people of other religious traditions, and particularly on the possible contributions that the Wesleyan theological tradition may make toward interpreting such encounters. Topics might include:\r\n

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  • Exploration of biblical passages or themes that address peoples’ religious practices outside of Israel or the Church
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  • John Wesley’s own attitudes toward people of other religious traditions, as expressed in his sermons and letters
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  • Contemporary critiques of the category of ‘religion’
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  • The Church’s mission among other religious communities’ ‘missions’
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  • The nature, possibilities and limitations of interreligious dialogue
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  • Reformulations of Christology in the context of interreligious encounter
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  • Other religious traditions and the biblical category of idolatry
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  • The relative usefulness of the doctrine of prevenient grace in relation to other religious traditions
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  • Examination of the nature of ‘religious experience’ as described or testified to by people of other religious traditions
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  • History and critique of traditional formulations of Christianity’s relationship to other traditions
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  • Possibilities and limitations in Christian cooperation with people of other traditions
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  • Pneumatology and other religious traditions
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  • What Christians might learn from other traditions on matters such as prayer, meditation, ecological justice, compassion for the suffering, etc.
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  • Evangelism and other religious traditions
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\r\nCompleted paper proposal forms need to be sent to one of the section chairs by 1 September, 2011. See the WTS website for more information: http://wesley.nnu.edu/wts

Norman Young Wins ALTC Teaching Award

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 11 July 2011 10:19 am

Dear Friends of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research,\r\n\r\nI am very pleased to announce that Professor Norman Young, one of our Research Fellows, has been honoured with a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Please see the notice below.  Congratulations Norman!\r\n\r\nGlen O’Brien, Secretary, ACWR\r\n\r\n”Dear Colleagues and Students\r\n\r\nPlease join us in congratulating Norman Young who has received a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.\r\n\r\nAs Paul Beirne has written on the MCD webpage, the Citation recognises Norman for “sustained, distinguished and collaborative teaching in an ecumenical context, and for leadership in the development and enhancement of theological education, nationally and internationally”.\r\n\r\n’This is a very competitive and prestigious award, as only 210 Citations are awarded annually by ALTC across the whole Australian University sector.  The successful nominees will be presented with their awards at a national ceremony to be held at the Sydney Opera House on August 16, 2011.’\r\n\r\nWe are indeed pleased that after fifty years of excellence in teaching, research and supervision, Norman’s outstanding contribution at so many levels of theological education will be publicly recognised and applauded.  Congratulations, Norman.\r\n\r\nDr Catherine McCahill sgs, Academic Dean, Yarra Theological Union”

BEING OPEN TO GOD’S FREEDOM – WESLEYAN ROOTS AND CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 11 July 2011 10:13 am

We are still receiving registrations and paper proposals for the 2011 Conference of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research 5-6 August. The major theme of this year’s conference is the subject of “Open Theology” (“Open Theism”, “Free Will Theism”). This is a subject that is dear to the heart of many Wesleyans, though not all are happy with some of the directions taken and their implications for life and ministry. The conference will offer a forum for scholars from a broad range of disciplines to share their research on a wide range of issues to do with the nature, relevance and implications of open theism for the church.\r\n\r\nWhile Open Theism is the major topic for this year’s conference, we would also welcome scholars presenting their work from other areas of Wesleyan research.\r\n\r\nWe are pleased to announce that our 2011 conference will be held on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane, August 5-6.\r\n\r\nWe are able to provide meals during the conference sessions. A good range of hotels/motels may be found close to the college.\r\n\r\nThe college is located at Thornlands, a suburb of the bayside city of Redland. It is about 25kms from the Brisbane CBD, with a regular bus and train service from the city. The college is easily accessed by car or train from the airport, and from the major freeways that serve Brisbane.\r\n\r\nYou may register for the conference  at our website:  http://acwr.edu.au/events/conference-registration