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

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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

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 

Summer Wesley Seminar at Duke

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 21 January 2014 9:22 am

I would like to remind you of the Summer Wesley Seminar at Duke this summer, as was noted in the Methodist Review Newsletter that was just put online by Rex Mathews. This year is the tenth anniversary of the first SWS in 2004. There will be some scholars from previous seminars to mark the occasion. The list of 75 previous participants can be seen at and reads like a Who’s Who of Methodist Studies, including many John Wesley Fellows, Dempster Fellows, teachers of United Methodist Studies, and people who have worked on Methodist topics in doctoral programs in a variety of schools. Randy Maddox and I provide the leadership for the program.\r\n\r\nThe SWS consists of about a dozen people who are working on projects related to Methodist studies, broadly considered, and attend the sessions at Duke for three or four weeks. About half of them are graduate students and half are more established scholars and teachers, making for lively exchanges in the weekly seminar meetings. The rest of the time can be spend on doing research, writing, and talking with the Methodism scholars at Duke. The SWS provides housing, parking, and library costs. We also can sometimes help with transportation (including international) and food. Details can be seen at\r\n\r\nWith the doctoral programs, curricular and extra-curricular study programs, regular summer seminars, and extensive web presence, Duke is trying to support and encourage the development of Methodist Studies world-wide. If you are presently working on a research/writing project in some area of Methodist studies (such as a dissertation, article, lecture, or book), could benefit from spending a concentrated period of time on your project, and would like to use the Duke research resources as well, we hope that you will consider going to the Summer Wesley Seminar at Duke, which this year will be from May 26 to June 20.\r\n\r\nApplication forms, which should be returned by the end of January, can be found at\r\n\r\nPlease indicate on the registration form if you are a teacher of United Methodist Studies, a Dempster Fellow, or a John Wesley Fellow (senior or currently supported).\r\n\r\nThank you for your consideration, and best wishes in your work.\r\n\r\nRichard P. Heitzenrater\r\n\r\nThe Divinity School\r\n\r\nDuke University


Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 13 January 2014 9:34 am

The 2014 ACWR Annual Conference will be held in Melbourne on 15-16 August. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Deirdre Brower-Latz, the Principal of Nazarene Theological College Manchester, UK and she will be presenting several papers on urban ministry in a postmodern, post-Christian setting. As always, we invite papers on a wide range of topics from or dealing with the Wesleyan theological perspective. \r\n\r\nThe venue, costs and the call for papers will be made public soon.

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