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Ninth Institute


Somerville College, July 28 – August 7, 1992

Attendance: 167 members + 5 visitors

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Attendee List

Pre-Conference for Third World persons at Somerville College (report in OXFORDnotes3.1)

Keynote Speaker:

Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.
Wesley and the Poor: An Agenda for Wesleyans”*

Other Plenary Speakers:

Victorio Araya-Guillén
The 500th Anniversary of the European Invasion of Abya-Yala: An Ethical and Pastoral Reflection from the Third World”*

Rebecca S. Chopp
Anointed to Preach: Speaking of Sin in the Midst of Grace”*

Donald W. Dayton
“‘Good News to the Poor’: The Methodist Experience after Wesley”*

Richard P. Heitzenrater
The Imitatio Christi and the Great Commandment: Virtue and Obligation in Wesley’s Ministry with the Poor”*

Itumeleng J. Mosala
Good News for the Poor: A Black African Hermeneutics

David Lowes Watson
Proclaiming Christ in All His Offices: Priest, Prophet and Potentate”*

Working Groups

  1. Biblical Studies
  2. Wesley Studies
  3. Methodist History (post Wesley)
  4. Social Ethics and Practical Theology
  5. Evangelism
  6. Systematic and Contemporary Theology

Observers: Francis Frost (Roman Catholic), Rowan Williams (Anglican)

Rowan Williams’ “Concluding Reflections” on this Institute capture well its tone and its tensions

*Marked papers were published as proceedings of this Institute in:
Meeks, M. Douglas, ed. The Portion of the Poor: Good News to the Poor in the Wesleyan Tradition. Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1995.
(The text of Meeks’s Introduction)

Paper from Working Group 2 also included in published proceedings:

ST Kimbrough, Jr.
Charles Wesley and the Poor