ACWR Highlights 2011

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 23 February 2012 2:20 pm

The ACWR had a good year in 2011.  Here are some highlights of our activity:\r\n\r\nWe have established formal links with two of the most outstanding collections of Methodist materials available to researchers in Australia. A formal agreement is to be drawn up between the ACWR and the Sugden Heritage Collections at Queen’s College in the University of Melbourne as well as with the Camden Theological Library, Sydney, located at the Uniting Church Theological College in Parramatta. It is anticipated that our Members and Research Fellows will receive access and some borrowing privileges where appropriate and that the ACWR will make an appropriate financial contribution to both libraries. These arrangements will link our Members and Research Fellows with high quality resource centres in addition to those already existing in our Partner Institutions.\r\n\r\nThe ACWR was recently a co-sponsor of two significant scholarly conferences.  In December we contributed financially and administratively to the second of a proposed three workshops on the History of Australian Methodism.  Held at Queen’s College, the keynote speaker was Dr. Russell Richey, Distinguished Professor of Church History at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Around eighteen papers were given over two days, including presentations from Professors Hilary Carey, Ian Breward, Norman Young and many others. All of this is in preparation for a new published history of Methodism in Australia. Then between the 21 and 27 January 2012 we co-hosted, along with our Partner Institute Booth College, the visit of Dr. Ken Collins, Distinguished Professor of Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological College, Wilmore Kentucky in a three state series of Conferences on “The Practical Theology of John Wesley.” Audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane were treated to this stimulating series of lectures. Participants and venues included Chinese Methodist, Church of the Nazarene, Salvationist, Wesleyan Methodist and Uniting Church, bringing together people from across the Wesleyan family of churches. We were very pleased that Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane, where the ACWR has its headquarters was host of the Brisbane event.\r\n\r\nThe publication of Aldersgate Papers vol. 8 (dated September 2010 but published in 2011) was a landmark issue as it was the first issue as the official journal of the ACWR, the first issue to include peer reviewed articles, and the first to be the product of an editorial team, rather than a single editor. It carried articles from two of our postgraduate student members and two of our established Research Fellows. We are still playing catch up but vol. 9 (September 2011) should appear over the next couple of months as final articles are reviewed and edited.  It will carry a collection of excellent papers from our Third Annual Conference.  Speaking of which…\r\n\r\nThe Third Annual Conference of the ACWR was held in Brisbane at the Nazarene Theological College 5-6 August 2011. The theme of the Conference was BEING OPEN TO GOD’S FREEDOM: WESLEYAN ROOTS AND CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE.  Nine papers were delivered, five of which will appear in Aldersgate Papers after peer review and another has been accepted with minor revisions and will appear shortly in the peer-reviewed online journal Methodist Review We are very pleased that our next Annual Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in association with The Stream theological conference sponsored by the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand and held 2-4 August 2012.\r\n\r\nOur Membership has grown to a total of 20 Research Fellows, 11 Members (formerly known as Junior Fellows, most of whom are postgraduate students, though some have completed the doctoral degrees), 5 Partner Institutes – Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (Philippines), Booth College (Sydney), Kingsley Australia (Melbourne), Nazarene Theological College (Brisbane), Salvation Army Training College (Melbourne) – 2 Library Partners (Camden and the Sugden Collection) and 1 Denominational Partner (Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand).\r\n\r\nOne of our Partner Institutions, Kingsley [Australia], will dedicate its new site at Lakeside Drive Broadmeadows on February 26th.\r\n\r\nIf you are one of our Members or Research Fellows we would be very happy to receive news of any publications or other activities that we can add to the site.

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