News from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 19 October 2015 4:27 pm

Methodist Studies Seminar – 5 December

The next Methodist Studies Seminar will be held at the MWRC on 5 December. This twice-yearly event is sponsored jointly by The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (Oxford Brookes University), Wesley Study Centre (St John’s College, Durham University), Wesley House (Cambridge), and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre. The programme for the 5 December seminar is available here.

2016 Visiting Fellows

Information about the 2016 John Rylands Research Institute–MWRC Joint Visiting Fellowship will be available shortly on the MWRC website.

Applications are now being accepted for the MWRC Visiting Fellows programme. We welcome research scholars to apply in order to conduct research through the Centre. Applications for 2016 fellowships are due by 11 January 2016.

Full information including application procedure can be found here.

MWRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Andrew Kloes will be in residence at the MWRC February–July 2016. His area of focus is relationships between German and British evangelicals and evangelical awakenings.

A second Post-Doctoral Fellowship will be offered in 2016–17. Further information and a call for applications will be released on the MWRC website and in the January 2016 MWRC update.

George Whitefield: Life, Context, & Legacy

This volumes containing select papers from the 2014 Whitefield at 300 Conference, edited by Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones, is now in preparation with Oxford University Press. 

Ambrose University – New MWRC Institutional Partner

Ambrose University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, recently became the thirteenth MWRC Institutional Partner. Information on Ambrose University can be found on their website: https://ambrose.edu/. 

MTSE Student Conference, Birmingham

The Methodist-Related Theological Schools in Europe (MTSE) is inviting undergraduate and graduate theology and seminary students to participate and present their research in its first MTSE Student Conference in Birmingham, UK. The conference theme is ‘Making Connections for Reconciliation’. The conference is to be held at The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, 4–7 February 2016. The student conference is to be held on 4 February. Students from the UK and Europe are invited to participate and submit abstracts/papers to be considered for presentation. The due date is 15 November. Further information can be found here: http://mgefld.wix.com/mgefld-europe#!mtse-student-conference-2016/crmd

Wesley Works Editorial Project Site

The Wesley Words Editorial Project has launched a new website which provides updated information on forthcoming and planned volumes. Dr Geordan Hammond, MWRC Co- Director, has been assigned as Unit Editor for Volume 16: Catechetical/Educational Works. Website: http://wesley-works.org/

John Rylands Library 2016 Visiting Research Fellowships Announced

The John Rylands Research Institute has announced its call for Visiting Research Fellowships. The closing date is Friday 27 November 2015 and further details of how to apply, including application form  can be found at http://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/opportunities/visiting-research-fellowships/

MWRC Annual Lecture

The 2016 MWRC Annual Lecture will be given by Dr Kenneth J. Collins (Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary) on Tuesday 14? June at 5pm. Topic: ‘The Method of John Wesley’s Practical Theology Reconsidered’. This is a public event.

MWRC on Twitter, Facebook

Follow us on Twitter @WesleyMWRC and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/WesleyMWRC/

Howard A. Snyder

Visiting Director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Methodist Review Newsletter October 2015

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 19 October 2015 4:25 pm

The October 2015 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter has just been published and is now ready for reading on the journal website: http://www.methodistreview.org.

Thanks for your continuing interest in our work. Every good wish from the editorial staff of Methodist Review.

Methodist Review Vol 7 (2015)

Table of Contents http://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr/issue/view/14

Website for Wesley Works Editorial Project

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 24 September 2015 8:40 am

Friends,

Many of  you may be interested in the website that we have just launched in connection with The Wesley Works Editorial Project. Note in particular the link for “Online Resources” which will host a growing set of materials that may be of use:  http://wesley-works.org/

Grace and peace,

Randy L. Maddox, Ph.D.

William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Divinity School

Duke University

Box 90968

Durham, NC 27708(o) 919-660-3589

rmaddox@div.duke.edu

News from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 9 September 2015 9:03 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:

As a new academic year begins, we are pleased to update you on the Manchester Wesley Research Centre. We have had a busy and productive summer.

MWRC Annual Lecture

The 2016 MWRC Annual Lecture will be given by Dr Kenneth J. Collins (Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary) on Tuesday 14 June at 5pm. The topic will be ‘The Method of John Wesley’s Practical Theology Reconsidered’. If you are in Manchester then, please join us!

The video of the 2015 Annual Lecture by David Rainey, ‘Beauty in Creation: John Wesley’s Natural Philosophy’, is available here: http://livestre.am/58gaBThe 2017

Annual Lecture is scheduled to be given in June by Dr Howard A Snyder of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.

Summer MWRC Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellows over the summer have been Dr Carol Blessing, Professor of Literature at Point Loma Nazarene University in California (working on Mary Fletcher and Mary Tooth and other projects), Dr Glen O’Brien, Head of Theology and Associate Professor of Church History at Booth College, Sydney College of Divinity (John Wesley’s Political Writings), Dr Cindy Aalders, Recent DPhil Graduate from Oxford (‘The Methodist Child in Eighteenth-Century England’), and Dr Robert Gailey, Director of Center for International Development and Professor of Business, Point Loma University (Wesleyan Theology of Compassion).

Dr David Bundy, Research Professor of World Christian Studies at New York Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor at Seoul Theological University, has just completed six weeks in residence, focusing on English roots of Korean and Japanese Holiness churches. David writes: ‘My work on the “Radical Holiness Movement” in Britain and the specific aspect of the roots of the Korean and Japanese Holiness churches has brought me into connections with lots of Holiness groups and ministries of which I had never heard.’ He adds, ‘This has been a wonderful place to be! The [Nazarene Theological College] archives for my purposes are wonderful.’

First MWRC Post-doctoral Fellow

Andrew Kloes will be the MWRC’s first Post-doctoral Fellow. He plans to be in residence January–June 2016. He will be doing further research on relationships between German and British evangelicals and evangelical awakenings, particularly in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Andrew will also be assisting Geordan Hammond and Howard Snyder in some research projects and will be available for teaching on a limited basis.

Wesley and Methodist Studies

Volume 8:1 of Wesley and Methodist Studies will be published in January 2015. A list of the contents of the volume is attached. Anyone with subscription access to JSTOR electronic journals (usually via institutional subscriptions) can access WMS here: http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=weslmethstud

Methodist Studies Seminars

The second Methodist Studies Seminar of 2015 will be held in Manchester Saturday 5 December. Paper proposals are being accepted until 15 September for the December seminar. For further details, see: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/methodist-studies-seminars/

The first Methodist Studies Seminar of 2016 is scheduled for April in Durham.

MWRC Website

Information on MWRC programmes and activities is available on our website: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/

Best wishes,

Howard A. Snyder

Visiting Director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre

New Methodist Review Article

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 11 June 2015 11:10 pm

Readers:

Methodist Review has just published a new article in its latest issue:

Christopher H. Evans, “Reflections on the Methodist Historical Pie: Re-engaging the Puzzle of American Methodism”

Abstract:

In 1994, Nathan Hatch challenged historians to conduct more research on American Methodism, engaging what Hatch called “the Puzzle of American Methodism.” This article reviews significant developments in American Methodist historical scholarship since 1994, culminating in two recent publications: The Methodist Experience in America by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe, and Jean Miller Schmidt, and The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism edited by Jason Vickers. These two works underscore the creative historical scholarship on American Methodism that has been written over the past twenty years; they also provide an opportunity to reassess the current state of American Methodist scholarship– what the author refers to as the “Methodist Historical Pie.” This essay explores possible themes that might characterize future historical writing on American Methodism and addresses questions of how the study of American Methodist history can be formative for ministry in The United Methodist Church.

This article is now ready for reading at http://www.methodistreview.org.

Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Methodist Review Vol 7 (2015) Table of Contents https://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr/issue/view/14

Rex D. Matthews

Managing Editor, Methodist Review

http://www.methodistreview.org

Book Launch for “The Life of God in the Soul”

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 12 May 2015 4:25 pm

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that there will be a book launch at Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane for David McEwan’s new book The Life of God in the Soul: The Integration of Love, Holiness and Happiness in the Thought of John Wesley on Thursday 28th May at 7:30pm. The book will be introduced by Dr Neil Pembroke, Associate Professor in Practical Theology at the University of Queensland.

The college address is:

40 Woodlands Drive, Thornlands Qld 4164

Tel: 07 3206 4177

According to Dr David N. Field, this book provides “a very good overview of Wesley’s understanding of holiness as pure love. It is to be recommended to all who are interested in Wesleyan theology, but more importantly to all who desire to live authentic Christian lives in the contemporary world regardless of their theological positions.”

Further information about the book can be found here: The Life of God in the Soul

News from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 24 April 2015 9:25 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:

Here is updated information about the Centre and upcoming events. I am circulating this in my role as Visiting Director of the MWRC while Geordan Hammond concentrates on the George Whitefield Letters project.

Please note the following announcements/news relating to the MWRC:

Oxford-Manchester-Durham Methodist Studies Seminar

The next Oxford-Manchester-Durham Methodist Studies Seminar will be on Saturday 18 April in Oxford. I have attached the draft programme to this message. Those planning to attend the Oxford seminar should register by contacting Emma Curran at: ecurran@brookes.ac.uk. Full details can be found at: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/methodist-studies-seminars/

The second 2015 seminar will be held in Manchester Saturday 5 December.

MWRC Annual Lecture

The 2015 MWRC Annual Lecture will be given by Dr David Rainey (Senior Lecturer in Theology, Nazarene Theological College) on Tuesday 16 June at 5pm. The topic will be ‘Beauty in Creation: John Wesley’s Natural Philosophy’. 

Summer MWRC Visiting Fellows

Dr Carol Blessing, Professor of Literature, has been appointed as a Point Loma Nazarene University Visiting Fellow (for the fourth time). Amongst other projects, she’ll continue her work on Mary Fletcher and Mary Tooth. Her plan is to be in Manchester from 6 April to the end of the month staying in the city centre for most of that time, and at NTC towards the end. She’ll present a paper at the Methodist Studies Seminar in Oxford.

Dr Cindy Aalders plans to be resident from roughly 15 June to 18 July. She has recently completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford on ‘Writing Religious Communities: The Spiritual Lives and Manuscript Cultures of English Women, 1740–90’. The title of her project at the MWRC is ‘The Methodist Child in Eighteenth-Century England’.

Dr Rob Gailey, Director of the Center for International Development and Professor of Business, has also been appointed as a Visiting Fellow. In Manchester he will focus his work on a chapter for a book (A Wesleyan Theology of Compassion) that he is co-authoring with Deirdre Brower Latz. The aim is to have co-authored chapters from compassionate ministry leaders from different world regions of the Nazarene Church. He is tentatively planning to be in Manchester from around 4-18 July.

Dr David Bundy is Research Professor of World Christian Studies at New York Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor at Seoul Theological University. He will be working in the NTC archives on ‘the English Roots of the Korean and Japanese Holiness Churches’. His dates of residency are roughly 19 July to 5 September.

Dr Glen O’Brien is Head of Theology and Associate Professor of Church History and Theology, Booth College, Sydney College of Divinity. He will be working on ‘John Wesley’s Political Writings’ His dates of residency are roughly 15 June to 24 July.

MWRC Fellows

The roster of MWRC Fellows has recently been updated. You can see the current listing of fellows and much other information at the MWRC website, http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/.

WTS Call for Papers

The 2016 meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society is scheduled for 11-12 March at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. The theme is ‘The New Birth’ and the keynote speaker is to be Dr Oliver Davies of King’s College London. The Call for Papers can be found at the society’s website: wtsweb.org.

Visiting Director’s Schedule

I will be serving as Visiting Director through January 2017. My wife Jan and I plan to be in residence at NTC in Manchester 14 June – 4 July 2015, then again for the months of January and June 2016, and finally January 2017. The rest of the time I will be residing in our home in Wilmore, Kentucky, US (when not travelling elsewhere) and will be available by email.

Yours,

Howard A. Snyder

Visiting Director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Asbury Seedbed Site:  http://howardsnyder.seedbed.com/

April Edition of the Methodist Review Released

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 23 April 2015 3:11 pm

Readers:

The April 2015 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter has just been published and is now ready for reading on the journal website: http://www.methodistreview.org.

Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Every good wish from the editorial staff of Methodist Review!

Methodist Review Vol 7 (2015) Table of Contents https://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr/issue/view/14

Book Launches for “Methodism in Australia: A History”

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 22 April 2015 11:29 am

Dear Friends,

I am very pleased to announce that there will be Sydney and Melbourne Book Launches for Glen O’Brien and Hilary Carey, eds. Methodism in Australia: A History (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015). This is the first national history of Methodism in Australia for over one hundred years. According to Professor Geoffrey Blainey Emeritus Professor of History, Melbourne University, this book ‘fills a deep gap in the history of Australian religion and daily life.’ http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472429483

Following are the details. We would very much appreciate it if you could circulate this information among your circle of contacts. You can also follow updates on the two Facebook Events pages.

Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/events/382828755235626/

Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/events/1566652173623695/

United Theological College Sydney, 26 May at 7:30pm

The book will be launched by Associate Professor Dean Drayton. Dean Drayton was Moderator of the Uniting Church’s NSW Synod (1995-1996), and in 1997 was Visiting Lecturer at Perkins School of Theology in Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He served as President of the Uniting Church Assembly from 2003 -2006.

Queen’s College University of Melbourne  1-17 College Crescent Parkville Friday 5 June at 6,30pm

At this event, John Hirst Emeritus Professor of History at La Trobe University will launch the book. Professor Hirst is a prolific historian whose published books include ‘Convict Society and its Enemies,’ (1983) ‘Sense and Nonsense in Australian History’ (2006) and ‘The Australians: Insiders and Outsiders on the National Character since 1770’ (2007). He has recently completed a History of Australian Catholic University.

(Revd) Associate Professor Glen O’Brien

Head of Theology

School for Christian Studies

Booth College (Sydney College of Divinity)

Mobile: 0451 010 799+61 (0)3 9717 1065

glenaobrien@gmail.com

http://booth.academia.edu/GlenOBrien

http://glenobrien.blogspot.com/

Postponement of the 2015 ACWR Conference

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 7 April 2015 4:02 pm

Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to postpone the 2015 ACWR Annual Conference due to be held in Brisbane at Nazarene Theological College on 14-15 August, 2015. It will be rescheduled for next year in Brisbane and we will give you further details when they come to hand.

We would still like to invite scholars to submit suitable articles for our peer-reviewed journal, Aldersgate Papers, and full details of the process can be found on our web site.

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