Report on Asbury Wesley Studies Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 21 July 2011 8:38 am

Asbury Seminary and University have just finished their inaugural Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar.  This seminar has been established to develop and support academic research, writing and publication in the broad field of Wesleyan studies.  It represents Asbury Seminary and Asbury University’s recent initiative to become leading research institutions in Wesleyan Studies in the days ahead.\r\n\r\nOur first class was culturally diverse representing an international community of scholars ranging from Costa Rica to South Korea. Moreover, Latino and African-American contributions to the seminar were engaging and significant.   Topics ranged from “Moral and Spiritual Liberty in John Wesley’s Anthropology,” to “Sanctification in the German Pietist and Moravian Communities” to “John Wesley’s Liturgical Theology” and on to “John Wesley as a Theological Mentor for the AME Church.”    In the course of our work this month the seminar also considered the following topics:\r\n\r\n·        Wesley Studies as an Exercise in Critical Thinking\r\n\r\n·        Historiography and Wesleyan Studies\r\n\r\n·        How to Work Efficiently in Writing a Manuscript\r\n\r\n·        How to Use Electronic Notes in Scholarship\r\n\r\n·        Working with Publishers\r\n\r\nOur model utilizes the broad ranging faculty resources of both institutions thereby matching the appropriate faculty person with each researcher at the seminar sessions.  This has worked remarkably well and has given each session considerable depth, marked by expertise.\r\n\r\nAlso, the dinners which were  held after each seminar  created a strong sense of community among the faculty and researchers.  This was a pleasant and welcomed surprise.\r\n\r\nWe upgraded the free housing of the seminar by providing not simply a hotel room but fully furnished apartments (with kitchens, microwaves cable etc.) which many spouses, by the way, took advantage of as well.\r\n\r\nEach researcher was also provided with the following:\r\n\r\n·        A library card for both institutions with full privileges\r\n\r\n·        An electronic database in Wesleyan Studies (on CD)\r\n\r\n·        A private Study Carrel\r\n\r\n·        A Free Book\r\n\r\n·        Breakfast every day\r\n\r\n·        A telephone number (24/7) for any problem, research or otherwise\r\n\r\n·        Personal web page (including a starter bibliography) for each researcher put together by our library staff\r\n\r\n·        Ongoing assistance in the process of publication\r\n\r\nIf you would like to apply for the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar for next year you can find the information at the following address:\r\n\r\nThe WSSS will meet in 2012 and 2013 in order to launch our program fully.   In co-operation with Duke Divinity School, the WSSS will not meet in 2014 but will return in odd numbered years thereafter.\r\n\r\nKenneth J. Collins, Ph.D.,  Professor of Wesley Studies and Historical Theology,  Director of the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary

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