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Working Groups at 1997 Institute

The Call for Proposals for these groups can be found in OXFORDnotes4.1
Final reports of select groups are noted below

1. BIBLICAL STUDIES (discussion reported in OXFORDnotes5.1)

Conveners: Bruce Birch & Katheryn Darr


Birch, Bruce. “Divine Power and Human Politics: Saul’s Rejection as King of Israel (1 Sam. 15)” (published in The New Interpreters’ Bible [Nashville: Abingdon, 1998], 2:1082–94).
Bowen, Nancy R. “God and Wisdom: The Power of Relationship.”
Cesar, Ely. “Faith as Historical Challenge.”
Day, Linda. “Power, Otherness, and Gender in the Biblical Short Stories” (published in Horizons in Biblical Theology 20 [1998]: 109–27).
Hill, Craig. “Paul and Power, Revisited.”
Klaiber, Walter. “Salvation as Central Message of the Bible.”
Lo, Lung-Kwong. “Romans 14:1–15:6 and John Wesley’s Sermon on Catholic Spirit.”
Lull, David. “The Character of God and Community in the New Testament” (published inCreative Transformation 6.2 (1997): 27ff).
Míguez, Néstor. “Sense and End of History in Paul” (published as “Sentido y fin de la historia en Pablo,” Cuadernos de teología, 14.1 [1995], 65–82).
Parker, Simon. “God, Community, and Power in the Psalms.”
Rao, Naveen. “Doctrine of God in Exodus 6:2–9: Challenge of a Hermeneutical Task in a Religiously Pluralistic Community.”
Schultz, Carl. “God’s Role in the World: The Informing and Disturbing Description of Job” (published in Aldersgate Papers 3 (Sept. 2002): 50–67).
Tiffany, Frederick. “Chaos and Community: Wilderness and Israel” (published as “Facing the Wilderness/Encountering Chaos,” Quarterly Review 18 [1998]: 55–69).
Tullett, Martin. “Trinity, Community, and Power in 1 Cor. 15.”
Wall, Rob. “Spirit, Community, and Power According to the Acts of the Apostles” (published as “Power and Purity in the Acts of the Apostles,” Wesleyan Theological Journal 34 [1999] 64–82; reprinted in Pneuma 21 [1999]: 215–31).
Wang, Tai-il. “Reading the Composition of the Pentateuch in a Wesleyan Tradition” (published as “On the Theology of the Pentateuch,” in Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millennium, vol. 2: Exegetical and Theological Studies, edited by W. Kim, et al. [Harrisburg, PA: Trinity, 2000], 276–98).

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Anderson, Cheryl B.
Beck, Brian E.
Hels, Sharon
Imathiu, Grace
Ireblad, Tord
Irons, Neil L.
Richardson, Neil


Conveners: Mary Elizabeth Moore & Rui de Souza Josgilberg


Brenchley, Robert. “The Human Community: Reflections from a Divided Family.”
del Rosario, Romeo. “Reflections on the Trinity, Community, and Power in the Interior of Sabah, Malaysia.”
Dew, William Jr. Untitled reflections on contextual theology.
Fotland, Roar. “Western Individualism and Community in Congregational Life: A Trinitarian Perspective.”
Jones, Robert L. “Faith Formation amongst Higher Education Students in Britain Today.”
Josgrilberg, Rui de Souza. “Trinity, Power, and Church in Brazil.”
Kirkpatrick, Dow. “The Context of the Oxford Institute.”
Moore, Mary Elizabeth. “Trinity and Covenantal Ministry: A Fresh Look at the United Methodist Church” (published in Rethinking Wesley’s Theology for Contemporary Methodism, edited by Randy Maddox [Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1998], 143–60).
Oduyoye, Mercy Amba. “The Doctrine of Trinity as a Paradigm for Community and Power: Thoughts from African Women’s Theology.”
Olewine, Sandra. “The Acceptable Year of the Lord: The Jubilee as Imaginative Possibility.”
Paterson, Susan. “Of Signs and Navigators: The Jonah Imperative.”
Roy, Parimal. “Seeking Community in a Discriminatory World.”
Sano, Roy. “The Ethnoi in Mission with the Triune God.”
Santillano, Fernando. “Trinity: Community and Power in the Religious Context of Latin American Cultures.”
Setiloane, Gabriel. “How the Wesleyan Doctrine of Conversion Was Anticipated in African Traditional Religious Practice.” (based on plenary presentation)
Tevi, Lorine. “Community of God’s Creation: Toward a Fijian Village Contextual/Practical Theology.”
Weber, Regina Coeli. “Trinity: Charism for Oikoumene.”
Wiley, Jill. “Out of Place: The Context of Invisibility.”


Conveners: Theodore Runyon & Norman Young


Bence, Clarence L. “Salvation and the Church: the Ecclesiology of John Wesley” (published as “Salvation and the Church: The Ecclesiology of John Wesley,” in Melvin Dieter, ed., The Church [Anderson, IN: Warner, 1984], 297–317).
Campbell, Dennis M. “United Methodism in the United States: Ecclesiological and Ecumenical Considerations” (cf. “Does Methodism Have a Future in American Culture?” inQuestions for the Twenty-First Century Church, edited by R. Richey et al. [Nashville: Abingdon, 1999], 9–23.).
Carter, David. “Some Methodist Principles of Ecumenism” (published in Epworth Review25.4 [Oct. 1998]: 53–63).
Gibbins, Olive. “Wesley and Postmodern Imagination.”
Kudadjie, Joshua N. “Integrating Indigenous African Worship and Customs with Christian Worship and Practice: An Illustration with the Outdooring and Naming Ceremony of a Baby among the Ada of Ghana.”
Park, Jong-Chun. “Crawl with God, Dance in the Spirit: A Korean Theology of the Spirit” (published as Crawl with God, Dance in the Spirit! A Creative Formation of Korean Theology of the Spirit [Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1998]).
Quissico, Morais. “In Ecumenism We see the True Church.”
Runyon, Theodore. “Wesley’s Trinitarian Ecclesiology.”
Stamm, Mark W. “Catholic Yearnings: The Discussion of Apostolic Succession and Ordained Ministry in the Versicle” (published in Methodist History 37 [1998]: 3–17).
Wainwright, Geoffrey. “The Ecumenical Rediscovery of the Trinity” (published in One in Christ 34.2 [1998]: 95–124).
Wall, Terry. “Diversity and Intrinsic Koinonia: A Model of Unity Based on Biodiversity.”
Yemba, David. “God’s Sovereignty Demands Societal and Ecclesiastical Change: Wesley and the Methodist Student Movement” (cf. “United Methodist Campus Ministry and the Methodist Student Movement,” in Connectionalism, edited by Russell Richey, et al [Nashville: Abingdon, 1997], 179–202).

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Bryant, Stephen D.
Howcroft, Kenneth
LaGree, Kevin
Oden, William
Olson, Harriett Jane
Taylor, John B.


Conveners: W. Stephen Gunter & Raquel Cáceres


Crandall, Ronald King. “Carriers of the Good Infection.”
Davis, Woody L. “Toward a Truly Inclusive Language.”
Escamilla, Roberto. “Invitational Preaching in the 21st Century: Preaching for a Response.”
Gunter, W. Stephen. “Thinking Theologically about Evangelism” (published in Quarterly Review 19 [1999]: 35–52).
Hunter, George G. III. “The Illogical Order of Effective Evangelism.”
Jones, Scott J. “Elements of Wesleyan Evangelism.”
Pantelis, Jorge. “Re-Evangelization in Latin America: A Wesleyan Approach.”
Pointer, Lyle. “Evangelism in Everyday Life: Where is God in the Work of Evangelism?”
Pope-Levison, Priscilla. “Recovering the Legacy of Women Evangelists.”
Ruffle, Douglas. “Holiness and Happiness Shall Cover the Earth: Trajectories of Wesley’s Theology of Mission Evangelization” (published in Quarterly Review 19 [1999]: 73–82).
Siuhengalu, Tevita. “Tongan Evangelism: A Wesleyan Mode of Evangelism for the South Pacific” (published in Pacific Journal of Theology 20 [1998]: 74–84).
Tan, Malcolm T. H. “Evangelisation towards Trinitarian Inclusiveness in the Asia Pacific Region: A Wesleyan’s Perspective.”
Tuttle, Robert G. Jr. “God at Work in the ’10/40 Window’: to the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit.”

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Fox, H. Eddie
Lockmann, Paulo
Neufville, Marilyn


Conveners: David Deeks & J. Philip Wogaman

Bowen, Starr. “To Save Our Own Souls: The Dynamics of Reciprocal Mission in the World Parish.”
Kennedy, John. “Machiavelli and Adam Smith: Founders of the European Republic” (published as “Machiavelli and the Good Republic,” Epworth Review 24.3 [1997]: 56–69).
Kiogora, Timothy. “Facing a McWorld: Reflections on Some Challenges for Methodist Mission at the End of the Twentieth Century.”
Stone, Ronald. “Ethics of Intervention for Humanitarian Rescue.”
Weber, Theodore. “The ‘Political Image’ and Wesleyan Political Language” (incorporated into Chapters One and Twelve of Weber, Politics in the Order of Salvation: Transforming Wesleyan Political Ethics [Nashville: Kingswood Books, 2001]).
Wogaman, J. Philip. “The Doctrine of God and Dilemmas of Power.” (plenary address)

Other Participants in Group (who shared on issues of globalization and economics in their local contexts):

Boots, Nora Quiroga
Boots, Wilson
Chio, Sing Ching Peter
Kasap’owan, T.
Mulrain, George
Mulunda, Nyanga Ngoy Daniel
Ntambo, Nkulu Ntanda

6. HISTORY of WESLEYAN TRADITIONS (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries)

Conveners: Russell Richey & Jean Miller Schmidt

Cartwright, Michael G. “’Transcripts of the Trinity’: Performance and Embodiment in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century African-American Methodist Christianity.”
Hixon, Stephanie. “Temporal Authority and the High Court in United Methodism: Community, Power, Authority and The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church.”
Kumar, S. V. Sampath. “Mission and Evangelism into the New Millennium: A Wesleyan Perspective.”
Lobody, Diane H. “Mary Mason and the Women of Early American Methodism: Consecrated to the Trinitarian Life.”
Mills, Frederick V. “The Transformation of British Ecclesiastical Policy: the Canadian Experience 1759–74.”
Monk, Robert C. “God’s Sovereignty Demands Societal and Ecclesiastical Change: Wesley and the Methodist Student Movement” (cf. “United Methodist Campus Ministry and the Methodist Student Movement,” in Connectionalism, edited by Russell Richey, et al [Nashville: Abingdon, 1997], 179–202).
Newton, John A. “Sir Henry Lunn: Wesleyan Methodist, Anglican, Pioneer Ecumenist, 1859–1939.”
Redaelli, Nora G. “Notes on Trinity, Community and Power.”
Robbins, Bruce W. “Koinonia and Connection” (published as “Connection and Koinonia: Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspectives on the Church,” in Doctrines and Disciplines, edited by Dennis Campbell et al. [Nashville: Abingdon, 1999], 199–212).
Rodell, Jonathan. “Community Chapels and Chapel Communities: The Need for Community and the Growth of Methodism in 19th Century Rural England.”
Rowe, Kenneth E. “Methodist Status & Power in a PA Industrial City, 1880–1950.”
Singh, Godwin R. “Post-Wesleyan Theology of People and a New Peoples’ Identity.”
Snyder, Howard A. “Biographical Sources for Benjamin T. and Ellen Stowe Roberts” (cf.Populist Saints: B. T. & Ellen Roberts and the First Free Methodists [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006]).
Strong, Douglas M. “Overcoming Prejudice by the Illumination of the Spirit: Julia Foote’s Holiness Message” (published as Chapter 2 in Strong, They Walked in the Spirit [Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1997]).
Washington, Debra. “Knowing God, Forcing Change: Early Methodism as Seed for a Reconstruction of Black Womanhood.”
Wellings, Martin. “The ‘Wesleyan Standard’ in 19th and early 20th Century British Methodism” (published as “‘Throttled by a Dead Hand’: The ‘Wesleyan Standard’ in 19th and earth 20th century British Methodism,” Methodist History 37 [1999]: 162–74).
Whidden, Woodrow W. “Arianism, Adventism & Methodism: The Trinitarian Healing of Soteriology and Conference” (published abridgement as “Salvation Pilgrimage: The Adventist Journey into Justification by Faith and Trinitarianism,” Ministry 71.4 [April 1998]: 5–7).
Yrigoyen, Charles Jr. “Methodism Condemned: John Williamson Nevin’s Accusations” (published in Methodist History 39 [2000]: 44–59).

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Macquiban, Timothy


Conveners: Pamela Couture & Manfred Marquardt


Anderson, E. Byron. “The Trinitarian Grammar of the Liturgy and the Liturgical Practice of Person and Community” (published in Wesleyan Theological Journal 34.2 [1999]: 152–74).
Azariah, Khushnud. “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Church’s Response.”
Carder, Kenneth. “Practical Theology as Method for the Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty and the Bishop’s Role as Teacher.”
Couture, Pamela. “The Practice of Theology in the Theological School: Reflections from the 1997 Oxford Institute.”
Davies, Keith. “Ministerial Formation—Integrity and Integration: Some Reflections on Educational and Theological Method
Eschmann, Holger. “Towards a Pastoral Care in a Trinitarian Perspective” (published inJournal of Pastoral Care 54 [2000]: 419–27; cf. abstract in OXFORDnotes 5.2 [2000]: 6–9).
Fitzgerald, O. Ray. “New Battle for the Mind and Soul of the Russian People.”
Harnish, John E. “Work in Progress on the New Orders of Ministry” (preliminary work toward The Orders of Ministry in the United Methodist Church [Nashville: Abingdon, 2000]).
Knoller, Johannes. “Thoughts on a Theory of the Religious Language with Practical Meaning.”
Moore, Allen J. “Some Distinctive Characteristics of International Methodist Theological Education” (published in Quarterly Review 18 [1998]: 211–26).
Peluso, Gary E. “To Live or To Die in Battle: A 19th Century Metaphor and Clergy Self-Care” (published in Quarterly Review 18 [1998]: 227–45).
Powell, Gareth. “Pastoral Unity: Worship as Pastoral Care.”
Walker, Maxine E. “Empowering Metaphors: Wesley’s Doctrine of the Trinity as it Influences Thinking about Art and Literature” (published as “Wesleyan ‘Grammar’: Linguistic Analysis and Wesley Texts,” Wesleyan Theological Journal 33.1 [1998]: 201–33).
Wallace, Charles I. “Methodist Matrix: Susanna Wesley’s Practical Trinitarianism and the Human Community.”

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Messer, Donald E.


Conveners: David Lowes Watson & Roberta Bondi


Amerson, Philip A. “Capacity, Community, Creativity: The Central Marks of Spiritual Renewal.”
Chilcote, Paul Wesley. “Theological Reflections upon Women’s Communities in Early Methodism” (published as “An Early Methodist Community of Women,” Methodist History 38 [2000]: 219–30).
Clapper, Gregory S. “How the Heart Needs the Community: Wesleyan Reflections on Trinitarian Spiritual Formation.”
Frost, Francis. “The Power of Spiritual Powerlessness in the Missionary Outreach of John Wesley.”
Jones, Ezra Earl. “Some Reflections on Discipleship in the Post-Modern World.”
Jones, Margaret. “Women’s Experience of the Class Meeting: The First Hundred Years” (published as “The Closet and the Class: Some Historical Perspectives on Methodist Spiritual Discernment,” Quarterly Review 21 [2001]: 130–42).
Khoo, Lorna Lock-Nah. “Wesleyan Eucharistic Spirituality” (preliminary work towardWesleyan Eucharistic Spirituality [Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 2005]).
MacCormack, James. “Spirituality and Trinity According to the Wesleyan Standards.”
Matthaei, Sondra H. “Transcripts of the Trinity: The Role of Community in Formation for Holiness of Heart and Life” (published in Quarterly Review 18 [1998]: 123–37).
Rice, David. “The Companions of John Wesley: Bristol, 1994–.”
Steele, Les. “Putting on the New Self: Essentials of Christian Identity.”
Tucker, Karen Westerfield. “The Trinitarian Shape of Methodist Anaphorae” (published inDoxology 20 [2003]: 1–19).
Watson, David Lowes. “Betwixt Antinomianism and Pelagianism: Wesley’s Resistance to Licence and Legalism in the Christian Life.”

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Bondi, Roberta (gave plenary address)
Carveley, Kenneth C.
Christopher, Sharon Brown
Ewers, Duane A.
Greenwaldt, Karen
Smith, Judith E.
Treese, Donald H.

(discussion reported in OXFORDnotes5.1)

Conveners: Randy L. Maddox & Josiah U. Young III


Dabney, D. Lyle. “To the Cross in the Power of the Spirit: Toward a Future for Wesleyanism’s Past.”
Inbody, Tyron. “Reconceptions of God’s Power in John Wesley, Panentheism, and Trinitarian Theology” (published in Thy Nature and Thy Name is Love: Wesleyan and Process Theologies in Dialogue, edited by Byran P. Stone & Thomas Jay Oord [Nashville: Kingswood Books, 2001], 169–91).
Jennings, Theodore. “God, Which God?” (published as “Transcendence, Justice, and Mercy: Toward a (Wesleyan) Reconceptualization of God,” in Rethinking Wesley’s Theology for Contemporary Methodism, edited by Randy Maddox [Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1998], 65–82).
Keen, Craig. “The Person as Communal Prayer: A Trinitarian Postmodern Understanding of Personhood” (published as “The Human Person as Intercessory Prayer,” in Embodied Holiness, edited by Samuel Powell & Michael Lodahl [Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1999], 39–61).
Míguez-Bonino, José (visitor). “Salvation as the Work of the Trinity: An Attempt at a Wholistic Understanding from a Latin American Perspective.”
Oden, Amy. “What’s Wrong with this Picture? God, Evil and Suffering.”
Plant, Stephen. “The Invention of Methodist Traditions?”
Stewart, Diane. “Notions of Trinity in African Jamaican Religious Thought.”
Thorsen, Don. “The Unbearable Wholeness of the Trinity: The Trinity as Transforming Symbol for the Poor.”
Wilson, Kenneth B. “Responsible Human Beings and the Doctrine of the Trinity.”
Wilson, Michael P. “Trinity and the Possibility of Ethics.”
Wood, Charles M. “Methodist Doctrine: an Understanding” (published in Quarterly Review18 [1998]: 167–82).
Young, Josiah. “Some Assumptions and Implications regarding John Wesley’s View of the Trinity: The Root of all Vital Religion” (published in Quarterly Review 18 [1998]: 139–53).

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Ireson, Roger W.
Kok, Ezra
Loza, Machicado Gustavo
Luscombe, Philip
Meeks, M. Douglas Jr. (gave keynote address)

(discussion reported in OXFORDnotes5.1)

Conveners: Ted Campbell & Hoo-Jung Lee


Albin, Thomas. “The Triune God is Found Below: Charles Wesley’s Hymns on the Trinity.”
Collins, Kenneth J. “The Reconfiguration of Power: The Basic Trajectory in Wesleyan Theology” (published in Wesleyan Theological Journal 33.1 [1998]: 164–84).
Dällenbach, Ann M. “John Wesley und die Frage der Frauenordination.”
Johnson, R. Bruce. “The ‘Whole Economy of Grace’: Trinity and Perfection in the Wesleyan Trinitarian Hymns.”
Kim, Hong-Ki. “The Theology of Jubilee Examined in the Thought of John Wesley and Its Application to the Reunification Movement of North and South Korea.”
Lee, Hoo-Jung. “Jubilee and Spirituality in John Wesley” (published in Korean in Sinhak Gwa Saige 35 [1997]: 136–59).
Madron, Thomas W. “Wesley, the Methodists, and the Eucharistic in Early Methodist Liturgical Practices.”
McCormick, K. Steve. “Transcripts of the Trinity: The Mystery and Meaning of Persons.”
Meadows, Philip R. “Providence and Prevenience: Wesleyan Theology for a World Context.”
Meistad, Tore. “Towards a Textbook in Theology and Ethics in the Wesleyan Tradition” (published as “Systematic Theology and Ethics in the Wesleyan Tradition: Some Methodological Reflections,” Quarterly Review 19.1 [Spring 1999]: 53–71).
Mills, W. Douglas. “Robert Cushman: His Critique of John Calvin, and the Sovereignty of God in the Wesleyan Tradition” (published in Methodist History 38 [1999]: 3–13).
Shepherd, Victor. “A Note on Wesley’s Challenge concerning Christian Perfection: ‘Can You Find Anything more Amiable than This? Anything More Desirable?’” (published as “‘Can you conceive anything more amiable than this? Anything more Desirable?’ A Note on Wesley’s Challenge Concerning Christian Perfection,” Canadian Methodist Historical Society Papers 12 [1997]: 18–43).
Streiff, Patrick. “Fletcher of Madeley: Towards a Trinitarian Theology.”
Topolewski, John L. “Mr. Wesley’s Trust Clause: Methodism in the Vernacular” (published in Methodist History 37 [1999]: 143–61).
Vargas Alvarez, Emmanuel. “Empowering Community through Trinitarian Worship.”

Other Participants/Respondents in Group:

Campbell, Ted A. (gave plenary address)
Heitzenrater, Richard
Kimbrough, S T Jr.
Souza, José Carlos de
Ting, Gah-Hing
Young, Frances (gave plenary address)