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.’

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.



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

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.

News from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 11 March 2015 10:17 am

Dr. Howard Snyder to be visiting director for Manchester Wesley Research Centre

5 March 2015

Manchester, U.K. – Nazarene Theological College (NTC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Howard Snyder, professor of history and theology of mission at Asbury Theological Seminary (1996-2006), will step in as visiting director for the Manchester Wesley Research Centre until January 2017. Snyder is taking on primary leadership of the MWRC from Dr. Geordan Hammond, current director, who will have a reduced role with the centre for two years in order to pursue research on George Whitefield’s correspondence. Snyder was professor of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto from 2007 to 2012, and has explored Wesley’s perspective of creation care and other areas of Wesleyan theology. He is the author of The Radical Wesley: The Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker and other books. “Howard Snyder is a pre-eminent Wesley studies scholar and a really phenomenal churchman, so he’s spent a lot of his life thinking about and helping Wesleyans shape the Church for today,” said Deirdre Brower Latz, principal of NTC.  “He’s a kind of prophetic scholar. To have him … consenting to be the visiting director is wonderful.”

As the primary leader of the centre, Snyder will work with two administrative assistants to carry out the day-to-day work of the centre, as well as plan events and work with the centre’s 11 partner institutions. Now retired, Snyder writes from his home in Wilmore, Kentucky, U.S., and serves as a research supervisor for NTC. Taking on leadership for the Manchester Wesley Research Centre fits his lifelong interest in Wesley studies. “I was well aware Manchester was a major centre for Wesley studies with the John Rylands library there,” he said. “I‘m looking forward to getting more acquainted with the John Rylands and NTC. I have a long interest in church renewal and revival, so I’m interested not only academically but in terms of practical things the Church can learn and needs today from Wesley and early Methodism. I was raised in the Free Methodist Church, of which I’m still a member. I have a lot of interest not only in early Methodism, but also in the holiness movement and movements with roots in Methodism and the Wesleyan witness, including the Church of the Nazarene and some Pentecostal and Charismatic groups.”

Hammond is pleased that Snyder agreed to the role. “He’s widely known as a respected voice amongst Wesleyan scholars and ministers, who speaks effectively to academics, ministers, and laypeople. I look forward to seeing how the centre develops under his leadership.” Snyder has also served as Professor of History and Theology of Mission in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky (1996-2006), where he still teaches or lectures occasionally, and has pastored in Chicago, Detroit, and São Paulo. He has published a number of books.The Manchester Wesley Research Centre promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology.

The centre is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in Didsbury, Manchester, and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.

For more information, visit

Methodist Review Newsletter

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 20 January 2015 8:31 am

The January 2015 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter has just been published and is now ready for reading on the journal website:

Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Every good wish for the New Year from the editorial staff of Methodist Review!

Methodist Review Vol 7 (2015) Table of Contents

Rex D. Matthews, Managing Editor, Methodist Review

Manchester Wesley Research Centre Announcements/News

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 25 November 2014 9:27 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:Please see the following announcements/news relating to the MWRC:

John Rylands Research Institute-MWRC Joint Visiting Fellowship 

The MWRC is pleased to announce the launch of a new Joint Visiting Fellowship with the John Ryalnds Research Institute aimed to promote research in the Methodist and Wesleyan traditions. The Fellowship offers accommodation and a stipend for up to six weeks. Applications for the summer 2015 Fellowship are due by 15 December. Full details can be found at: 

MWRC Visiting Fellowship 

The MWRC is now inviting applications for our summer 2015 Visiting Fellow Programme. In addition to accommodation we are now offering a modest weekly stipend to the fellowship recipient. Applications are due by 31 January. Details about the programme can be found at: 

Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminars

The draft programme for the Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminar on Saturday 6 December 2014 on the campus of Nazarene Theological College (Manchester) is now available at the web address below. There is no cost for attending; however, please ensure that you register in advance. The event will be live-streamed online for anyone who can’t attend in person. For further details, see: 

Wesley and Methodist Studies

Subscriptions for volume 7 (Jan. 2015) are now being taken at: (Our publisher is Penn State University Press; subscriptions are managed by Johns Hopkins University Press.) I have attached to this message a letter with further details about subscribing and the contents of volume 7. 

‘George Whitefield at 300’ Conference (June 2014)

This international conference drew together about 60 scholars at Pembroke College, Oxford in June. A short news story recapping the conference can be found at: Conference organizers (Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones) are gathering together select papers from the conference for publication.

MWRC Annual Lectures

The 2014 MWRC Annual Lecture from Prof Morna Hooker titled ‘Scriptural Holiness: The Wesleys’ Use of Scripture’ was held in June. A video-recording of the lecture can be accessed at:  at: The 2015 lecture will be given by Dr David Rainey (Senior Lecturer in Theology, Nazarene Theological College) on Tuesday 16 June.

MWRC Book Acquisitions 

In addition to our regular book acquisitions, the MWRC collection has recently been expanded by three donations/discounted purchases. Details, including lists of the acquisitions, can be found at: We welcome visits from researchers to the MWRC collection. An appointment should be made in advance of your first visit. 

Other News:

Links to discount order forms, recorded presentations, news and blog stories relating to my book, John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity, can be found at:

The Jonathan Edwards Congress will meeting at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, in August 2015. Information can be found at:

The European Methodist Historical Society Conference will meet from 9-12 September 2015 in Ruse, Bulgaria to examine the topic: ‘Who evangelized Europe? Mission empowered by Methodist Women’. Further information can be obtained from conference chair, Dr Judit Lakatos, by emailing:

Material authored by Page Thomas on ‘John Wesley and his Women Friends’ is available at:


Geordan Hammond,

Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre,

Co-editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies

October 2014 Methodist Review Newsletter

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 25 November 2014 9:22 am

The October 2014 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter has just been published and is now ready for reading on the journal website:\r\n\r\nDr. Rex D. Matthews, Candler School of Theology\r\n\r\\r\n\r\nMethodist Review, Vol 6 (2014)\r\n\r\nTable of Contents:\r\n\r\nThe Younger Brother Unveiled:  Charles Wesley and Anglicanism in Colonial Boston (1-26)  Ryan Nicholas Danker\r\n\r\nFor the Relief of Human Suffering: The Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief in the Context of Cold War Initiatives in Development, 1940-1968  (27-68) Benjamin L. Hartley\r\n\r\nIndigenous Korean Theology and Minjung Theology in the Light of the Views of John Wesley and John Calvin (69-94) SeongMo Im

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Posted by Glen O'Brien | Uncategorized | Thursday 6 November 2014 3:21 pm

The ACWR now has a presence on Facebook, a social networking platform with great potential for connecting globally with like-minded researchers. We encourage you to head on over and ‘Like’ our page.  ACWR on Facebook

New Article Published in Methodist Review

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 17 April 2014 12:07 pm

Readers:\r\n\r\nMethodist Review has just published a new article in its latest issue:\r\n\r\nRyan Nicholas Danker, “The Younger Brother Unveiled: Charles Wesley and Anglicanism in Colonial Boston”\r\n\r\nAbstract:\r\n\r\nCharles Wesley’s month-long accidental visit to colonial Boston in 1736 is a unique and interstitial period in his life. During this visit, Wesley is seen not only within a context long dominated by Puritanism, but also separate from his brother, John. The article paints a picture of the political and religoius context into which Wesley entered and against that back drop to see him clearly toward the end of his sojourn in the American colonies and on the cusp of his entrance into evangelicalism. In addition, while complimenting the work of S T Kimbrough Jr.on this period, the article adds insights previously unknown. Filling in the details of this short but informative episode in Wesley’s life provides the student of the period a glimpse into Wesley’s evolution as a revivalistic leader, but also highlights many ideological continuities that span either side of his “Pentecost” experience.\r\n\r\nThis article is now ready for reading at\r\n\r\nRex D. Matthews, Managing Editor, Methodist Review


Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 4 April 2014 10:46 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:\r\n\r\nI hope the following news items will be of interest to you.\r\n\r\n‘George Whitefield at 300’ Conference (25-27 June 2014)\r\n\r\nIf you are considering attending, 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 at:  \r\n\r\nOxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminars\r\n\r\nThe next Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminar is on Saturday 26 April in Oxford. I have attached the draft programme to this message. For further details, see:\r\n\r\nMWRC Annual Lecture \r\n\r\nThe 2014 MWRC Annual Lecture from Prof Morna Hooker titled ‘Scriptural Holiness: The Wesleys’ Use of Scripture’ will be on Tuesday 17 June at 5pm.\r\n\r\nWesley and Methodist Studies\r\n\r\nWe are pleased to announce that Wesley and Methodist Studies will be published by Penn State University Press from volume 7 (early 2015). For a limited time, subscriptions for the journal can still be placed via the Paternoster Periodicals website at:\r\n\r\nNew MWRC Partner Institution \r\n\r\nPentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, Tennessee) has become the eleventh partner institution of the MWRC. We look forward to seeing this partnership develop and flourish. For information on MWRC partner institutions, visit:\r\n\r\nOther Upcoming Public Events\r\n\r\nThe annual Wesley Lecture at Lincoln College, Oxford will on Tuesday 20 May 2014 at 5pm. Prof J. R. Waston will speak on ‘Poetry and Piety: John Wesley and Hymns’.  \r\n\r\nGeordan Hammond, Ph.D.  Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Co-editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies

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

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