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: You may also be interested in reading the NCN News story about the lecture at:\r\n\r\nInformation about past and future annual lectures can be found at:\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\

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


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


  • 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:

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”


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:

The Stream – Celebrating the Wesleyan Theological Stream August 2011

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 26 May 2011 9:32 am

The Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand’s annual ‘The Stream’ Conference will be held in Auckland from August 11-13. The two speakers are Dr. Joel Green from Fuller Seminary, USA and Dr. David McEwan from Nazarene Theological College, Australia. The conference details are:\r\n\r\nVenue: East City Wesleyan – ECW – Church Centre (219 Burswood Drive, Burswood/Botany), Auckland\r\n\r\nProgramme\r\n\r\nThursday 11 August, 7:30pm\r\n\r\nDr Joel Green: “Scripture and the Way to Heaven: The Nature of Scripture for Wesleyans”. We come to Scripture ready to be transformed by an encounter with the living God. This shapes what we think about the nature and authority of Scripture.\r\n\r\nFriday 12 August, 9:30am\r\n\r\nDr. David McEwan: “The Trinity and the Church: A Wesleyan Reflection on the Nature of the Church as a Gathered Community”. A Wesleyan perspective on the Trinity – a loving communion of the three persons – impacts our understanding of the church as a community formed by God’s invitation to ‘Come’.\r\n\r\nFriday 12 August, 1:00pm\r\n\r\nDr Joel Green: “Scripture and the Way to Heaven: Reading Scripture as Wesleyans”. Followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan tradition come to Scripture ready to be transformed by an encounter with the living God. Although no “method” or “procedure” can guarantee that this transformation will take place, there are some habits and sensibilities we can cultivate.\r\n\r\n Friday 12 August, 7:30pm\r\n\r\n“Exploring Your Questions through Wesleyan Theology”. Our visiting professors answer theological questions submitted by young people; answers given from a Wesleyan perspective.\r\n\r\nSaturday 13 August, 9:30am\r\n\r\nDr Joel Green: “Scripture and the Way to Heaven: A Missional Approach to Reading Scripture for Wesleyans.“ Followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan tradition come to Scripture ready to be transformed by an encounter with the living God. As our companion on the journey of salvation, Scripture moves us to think and act in ways that serve God’s mission in the world.\r\n\r\nSaturday 13 August, 1:00pm\r\n\r\nDr David McEwan: “The Trinity and the Church: A Wesleyan Reflection on the Nature of the Church as a Gathered Community”. A Wesleyan perspective on the Trinity impacts our understanding of the church as being a ‘church with a mission’, a community formed by God’s commandment to ‘Go’.\r\n\r\nRegistration fee $40.\r\n\r\nPlease contact if you would like further information or to register for the conference.

Recent Booth College Sydney Faculty Research Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 13 May 2011 9:40 pm

Booth College, Sydney held its second Faculty Research Seminar on Monday 2nd May at the college. ACWR postgraduate Fellow Adam Couchman presented a paper on “Evil, the Fall and the Human Condition according to Gregory of Nyssa.” Janice Rees presented a paper on “Struggled for and Not Possessed: Language for the Divine and the Apophatic Turn,” which has just appeared in the current issue of  St Mark’s Review.\r\n\r\nBooth is developing a high quality faculty and the Research Seminars are an opportunity for them to create a supportive and collegial atmosphere for the sharing of research. Lecturers at Booth are expected to be both teachers and scholars – aiming for excellence in both classroom teaching and original research to support that teaching. These seminars are designed to encourage them in that\r\nprocess and are a great opportunity for professional development.\r\n\r\nThe seminars are open to the public and the next will be held on 8 August 2011 (in Classroom 3) with the presentation of the following two papers:\r\nAlan Harley, ‘Fifty Years of Doing Theology: A Theologian’s Retrospective.”\r\nSteve Wright, ‘Unveiled in Flesh: Jesus as the Revealed Form of Divine Beauty.”

Invitation to a Book Launch

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 13 May 2011 9:09 pm

On Wednesday May 25th at 7:30pm.there will be an official book launch for David McEwan’s new book, Wesley as a Pastoral Theologian, at Nazarene Theological College, 40 Woodlands Drive, Thornlands, Qld 4164. The book will be introduced by Philip Almond, Professor in the History of Religious Thought, The Centre for the History of European Discourses, The University of Queensland.\r\n\r\n”In this book, Wesley’s theological methodology is uncovered from the perspective of his holistic vision of the God-human relationship being centred in love and defined by the qualities of trust and passion, rather than an intellectual comprehension of propositional truths about God. Accordingly, pastoral theology is much more important than academic, systematic theology for Christian experience and spiritual formation. In Wesley’s theological method Scripture, reason, community ethos and Christian experience are utilised in an interconnected dynamic network, energised by the presence of the Holy Spirit. This interconnected system is explored through an investigation of the doctrine and practice of Christian perfection as Wesley offered pastoral guidance to the people called Methodists.”\r\n\r\nYou may want to consider purchasing a copy for yourself or adding it to your institution’s library. Copies can be obtained from NTC at a discounted price (07-3206 4177 or email; it can also be bought from Koorong Australia and on-line from bookstores such as Amazon

New Edition of Aldersgate Papers Out Soon

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 13 May 2011 8:43 pm

Our own journal Aldersgate Papers is about to be sent to the printers. It is the first issue in its new status as the official journal of the ACWR and the first to contain peer reviewed articles. In addition to two refereed articles it contains two of Joseph Coleson’s addresses from last year’s Conference on ‘Wesleyan Reflections on the Image of God’ and a paper from one of our Postgraduate Fellows.  Here is a sneak peak at the contents page of Vol. 8 (September 2010):\r\n\r\nDenominational Identity in a World of Theological Indifferentism: Some Insights from John Wesley and ‘the People Called Methodists’ David B. McEwan…………………………………………………………….9\r\nMore Inspirational than Penetrating: The Salvation Army’s Use of History Jennifer Hein………….27\r\nThe Trees in the Heart of the Garden Joseph Coleson………………………………………………………….47\r\nA Man, a Woman, an Adam Joseph Coleson………..……………………………………………………………..57\r\nSin and its Relationship to ‘True Godliness’ in John Calvin’s Institutes Adam Couchman…………….69\r\nBook Reviews………………………………………………………………………….83\r\n\r\nPlease consider subscribing personally or asking your institution to add the journal to its library holdings.  Here is a link to the subscription page:

New Publications By Research Fellows

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 13 May 2011 8:38 pm

Congratulations are in order for two of our Research Fellows who have articles in the latest issue of the Wesleyan Theological Journal, 48:1 (Spring 2011).\r\n(ACWR Director) David B. McEwan, “The Living and Written Word of God: John Wesley’s Reading, Understanding and Application of Scripture,” pp. 106-19.\r\nThomas A. Noble, “To Serve the Present Age: Authentic Wesleyan Theology Today (2011 Presidential Address),” pp. 73-89.\r\n\r\nThere are also the following reviews of books by ACWR Research Fellows:\r\nFloyd Cunningham, ed. Our Watchword and Song: The Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2009. Reviewed by William Kostlevy.\r\nKent E. Brower [and Andy Johnson], eds. Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.  Reviewed by Brent D. Peterson.\r\nThere is a review of Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 1, the journal produced by our friends and partners at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre and Disbury Press, edited by Geordan Hammond (one of our Research Fellows)\r\n\r\nWhy not bookmark the Latest Updates page of our website which has frequent posts on matters of interest to friends and members of the ACWR

ACWR Conference – Appeal for Papers

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 13 May 2011 8:28 pm

As you may know we lost our keynote speaker for the upcoming Annual Conference scheduled for 5-6 August 2011 We decided that we would go ahead with the Conference without a keynote speaker, relying instead on a series of indvidual papers.  However, to this point, we have received only one paper proposal and no registrations.  This places the Conference in serious doubt. If you had been considering presenting a proposal or registering for the Conference please do so within the next 7 days.  If we still do not have sufficient registrations and/or paper proposals all registration fees will be refunded and we will set our sights instead on the 2012 Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

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