New Wesley Article

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 26 February 2014 7:44 pm

With thanks to the Duke Summer Wesley Seminar, and on behalf of my co-author, Deakin University’s Joanna Cruickshank, I would like to bring an article to your collective attention.  Though it is brief, our article fruitfully interweaves two closely-related streams of research, Joanna’s analysis of a set of period letters sent to Charles Wesley and my close readings of a variety of primary sources made available through the Bicentennial Editions of the Works of Wesley project.\r\n\r\nBrian C. Clark and Joanna Cruickshank, “Converting Mrs. Crouch: Women, Wonders and the Formation of English Methodism, 1738-1741,” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 65, , N0. 1, January 2014, pp. 66-83.\r\n\r\nIn this article, we present a revisionist narrative that portrays the division of the Fetter Lane Society between Moravian and Wesleyan factions as a bitter battle to secure the loyalties of the female majority of the society.  We further demonstrate the extent to which differing perspectives on the proper governance of relations between the sexes became one of the most important factors fueling division between Methodist and Moravian factions, to such an extent that it became a dominant theme of anti-Methodist pejorative. We offer arguments concerning the religious motivations and loyalties of those who became the first generation of Methodist women, concluding that loyalty to the Wesley brothers was closely tied to both their ability to work miraculous spiritual deliverance and their status as Anglican priests offering Anglican sacraments.  In short, we argue that the division of the Fetter Lane Society between Moravian and Methodist factions can simply not be understood without reference to gender. \r\n\r\nBrian Clark

A Symposium on the Theology of Craig Keen

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 26 February 2014 7:33 pm

United Theological College and the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology will soon be holding an event on the work of Nazarene theologian, Craig Keen: “After Crucifixion: A symposium on the theology of Craig Keen”. Keen will be attending the event to present new material and respond to papers. The link to the call for papers is:\r\n\r\n 

Update from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 26 February 2014 7:30 pm

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:\r\n\r\nWesley and Methodist Studies: Volume 6 of Wesley and Methodist Studies how now been published by Paternoster Periodicals. The contents of the volume can be viewed here. One valuable way you can support the work of the MWRC is by subscribing to Wesley and Methodist Studies.\r\n\r\n‘George Whitefield at 300’ Conference (25-27 June 2014)\r\n\r\nRegistration for the conference is now open. We would encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure a place at the conference. Full details about registering can be found on the conference website.  \r\n\r\nFaculty Position at Nazarene Theological College (Manchester)\r\n\r\n Nazarene Theological College (Manchester) has announced a search to fill a position in Christian Theology and Wesley Studies effective 1 January 2015. The closing date for applications is 30 March 2014. A copy of the job description, with instructions for application or nomination of candidates, is available on the NTC website: \r\n\r\nFaculty Position at Candler School of Theology, Emory University\r\n\r\nCandler School of Theology, Emory University has announced a search for a full-time, tenure track faculty appointment in Methodist Studies beginning Fall 2014. A copy of the full job description, with instructions for application or nomination of candidates, can be found on Candler’s website:\r\n\r\nOther News and Upcoming Events\r\n\r\nThe MWRC will host an evening lecture from Prof Dennis C. Dickerson on Tuesday 1 April 2014 relating to Methodism and the Civil Rights Movement. \r\n\r\nThe 2014 MWRC Annual Lecture from Prof Morna Hooker will be on Tuesday 17 June at 5pm.\r\n\r\nThe dates for the 2014 Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminars are: Saturday 26 April in Oxford and Saturday 6 December in Manchester. Video recordings of most of the papers from the Seminar on Saturday 30 November 2013 are available at   \r\n\r\nYours,\r\n\r\nGeordan\r\n\r\nGeordan Hammond, Ph.D., Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Co-editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies\r\n\r\nSenior Lecturer in Church History and Wesley Studies\r\nNazarene Theological College\r\nDene Road, Didsbury\r\nManchester M20 2GU, United Kingdom\r\n\r\n