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Working Group Papers at 2018 Institute

1. BIBLICAL STUDIES (HEBREW BIBLE / OLD TESTAMENT)

Conveners: Karen Strand Winslow and Deborah Appler

Presentations:

Appler, Deborah. “Building ‘Walls’ so Gates can Open: Identity and Reform in the Book of Nehemiah and the UMC.”
Bowen, Nancy R. “Renewing and Reforming Wisdom in Wisdom of Solomon.”
Bridgeman, Valerie. “‘How do you Read It?’ A Quest for Faithful Bible Reading in the Face of the Church’s Need for Renewal.”
Okyere, Kojo. “Revival and its Challenges in the Methodist Church Ghana: Perspectives from the Old Testament.”
Schlimm, Matthew. “John Wesley’s Assessment of Nascent Biblical Criticism.”
Shin, SuJung. “Rereading the Samuel Text from the Perspective of an ‘Internally Persuasive Word.’”
Tong, Sin Lung. “‘My Death is Better than My Life’ (Jon. 4:3, 8): Deconstructing Jonah’s Response to the Assyrian “Revival” in a Bifurcated World.”
Wall, Robert. “Renewing the ‘Wilderness Generation’.”
Winslow, Karen Strand. Tikkun Olam: Repair the World, One Kind Act at a Time.”


2. BIBLICAL STUDIES (NEW TESTAMENT)

Conveners: Janet Unsworth and Richard Thompson

Presentations:

Ferrer, Pablo. “Paul, Wesley, and Labelling: Reading Paul and Wesley Together.”
Forster, Dion. “Matthew 18:15–35 and the (Im)possibility of Forgiveness among South African Methodists? A Study in Empirical Intercultural Biblical Ethics.”
Garcia, Paulo Roberto. “Matthew 28:16–20: Missionary Challenges in Wesleyan Perspective.”
Harland-Davies, Catrin. “Diversity, Disagreement, and Debate: A Theology of Impure Holiness in the Early Church and Modern Methodism.”
Kirk-Duggan, Cheryl. “Reformed and Embodied Tongues, Minds, Hearts, and Souls: Revived Messages Tempering Hate.”
Lyons-Pardue, Kara J. “In Praise of Ignorance: Knowledge in the Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:25–29) and Its Implications for Proclamation in Mark’s Gospel.
Thompson, Richard P. “What’s Resurrection Got to Do with Anything? Resurrection, Inclusion, and the People of God in Acts.”
Unsworth, Janet. “How Does the Proclamation of Jesus as ‘The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World’ Help us Consider the Possibility of Restoration/Revival on a personal level and in a Global Context?”
Works, Carla. “‘Finish Then Thy New Creation’: God’s Promise to Inherit the World.”


3. ECUMENICAL STUDIES

Conveners: Edgardo Colón-Emeric & Tim Macquiban

Presentations:

Campbell, Ted. “Towards an Anglican Wesleyanism Today.”
Franklin-Ross, Tony. “The Anglican-Methodist Dialogue – A Discovery of Consonance or a Challenge to Reform?”
Gorman, Mark. “Church and Society: Rethinking the Ecumenical Future of the Wesleyan Tradition.”
Loyer, Kenneth M. “Holiness, Apostolicity, and the Methodical Movement toward Full Communion.”
McCormick, Steve. “Revisioning Our ‘UNITY’ through the Methodist Practice of Connexionalism.”
McDonald, William. “Luther, Wesley, and the Trials of the Spirit.”
Macquiban, Tim. “The Church and Social Christianity as an Agent of Ecumenical Activity: The British Methodist Contribution to the nascent Life and Work Movement and Precursor of the World Council of Churches.”
Song, Sung Jin. “John Wesley and Mysticism.”
Thaarup, Jørgen. “John Wesley and NSF Grundtvig on the Same Road: Convergence Theologies.”
Thorsen, Donald. “Wesleyan Catholicity and Accountability: A Retrospective and Prospective about the NCC Theological Dialogue on Matters of Faith and Order Convening Table.”
Westerfield Tucker, Karen. “Baptism: Towards a Sacramental Bond of Unity.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Tau, Kyle


4. INTERRELIGIOUS STUDIES

Conveners: Robert Hunt & Jong Chun Park

Presentations:

Chhunaga, Simon Van Lal. “Inter-Faith Dialogue: A Way Forward to Make a Peaceful Society in Myanmar.”
Devadhar, Sudarshana. “Dance of Dialogue: Kristha Patha as Embodied Apologetics and Choreographic Pathway.”
Hanshaw, Mark. “Interreligious Experience: Seeing Beyond the Classroom.”
Khawsiana, Khin Maung Yee. “In Search of John Wesley’s Theological Outlook to Engage Interreligious Dialogue: A Challenge to Methodists in Myanmar Context.”
Nausner, Michael. “Difference without Domination: Mutual Inspiration of the Abrahamic Faiths in Times of Rising Polarization.”
Park, Jong Chun. “An Intertextual and Intercultural Reading of Romans 8:18–25 and Zhong Yong 22 for the Care for Our Common Home.”
Pickard, Bonni-Belle. “Interfaith Marriage in the Twenty-First Century: An Enquiry into Theologies of Marriage in Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Henry-Crowe, Susan T.


5. METHODIST HISTORY

Conveners: Teresa L. Fry Brown & Martin Wellings

Presentations:

Abraham, William J. “Albert Outler and The Theology Study Commission on Doctrine and Doctrinal Standards.”
Annese, Andrea. “From Risorgimento and Reform to Wesley and Revival: Methodist Strategies in Post-Unitary Italy (1861–1890).”
Brown, Teresa L. Fry. “‘And Are We Yet Alive?’ Conception, Actualization, and Vitality of The African Methodist Episcopal Church.”
Bruno, Daniel A. “Discovering Radical Methodism in Latin America.”
Coitinho Machiarena, Mirtha Elizabeth. “Like a Grain of Mustard Seed: The Methodist Church in Uruguay.”
Dagan, Omer Gbokanle. “Methodism in Dahomey: Between Mission-Obstacles and Vitality.”
Dharmaraj, Glory E. “Social Change as Mission and Intersectional Sisterhood as Reflexive Influence: A Twin Story of United Methodist Women.”
Dodrill, Jonathan. “The Chicago Home Missionary and Church Extension Society and Methodist Embourgeoisment in Progressive-Era Chicago.”
Dreff, Ashley B. “The American Sexual Revolution and Methodist Sexual Ethics.”
Flores, Daniel F. “The Joseph Dilemma: Spiritual Advisors and the Burden of Political Access.”
Hoskins, Steven. “Where Nature Before had ever Reigned Supreme: Doing Landscape History at American Methodist Camp Meetings.”
Lenton, John. “Mary Barritt Taft: A Successful Female Revivalist?”
Mullins, David. “‘The Times, They are a-Changing’: Three Approaches to Wesleyan Holiness in 1960s Britain.”
O’Brien, Glen. “Religion and Revolution in the Life of Ned Kelly.”
Pedlar, James E. “Revival and the Reformers: James Caughey’s Long British Sojourn and the Tensions in 1840s Wesleyan Methodism.”
Richey, Russell E. “Repairing the UMC’s Episcopacy by Tracking that of Bishop Christian Newcomer.”
Watson, Kevin M. “Embodying Methodist Theology: Diverging Conceptions of Holy Living in American Methodist Theology.”
Wellings, Martin. “Hugh Price Hughes and ‘The Revival of Oxford Methodism’.”
Woolley, Tim. “‘So Completely Stripped of all Power’? Ecclesial Effectiveness and Missional Vitality amongst the Wesleyan Protestant Methodists.”
Yip, Francis Ching-Wah. “Critical Engagement: Methodism and Politics in Post-1997 Hong Kong.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Day, Alfred
Dean, Jonathan (plenary panel presentation)
Gondongwe, Kennedy
Lewis, William B.


6. MISSION AND EVANGELISM

Conveners: Arun Jones & Stephen Gunter

Presentations:

Bailey, George. “Wesleyan Spirit-Christology: Inspiration from the Theology of Samuel Chadwick.”
Carter, Kenneth. “Can the Church be Ecumenical, Inclusive, Orthodox, Missional and Evangelistic? A Complex Question in a Complicated Season.”
Dalton, Ron. “Deconversion and Conversion Careers.”
Gunter, W. Stephen and Jane Boatwright Wood. The Secular Age: Charles Taylor’s ‘Secularity’ and Missional Pedagogy: The Challenge of Teaching Mission and Evangelism Amid ‘Secularity’.”
Hartley, Benjamin. “Methodist – Native American Revival in the Oregon Territory, 1834-1844.”
Jones, Arun W. “Protestant Women’s Missions and the Quiet Revolution of Female Education in Indian Society, 1860–1900.”
Meade, Joan. “Methodist Education on Sint Maarten: Revolution and Revival.”
Orton, Andrew. “Researching for the Future: Learning from Contemporary Attempts to Change and Grow in British Methodism.”
Park, Joon-Sik. “The Missionary Theology of D. T. Niles.”
Pieterse, Hendrik R. “‘Methodism as Machine’: Structure as Mission.”
Scott, David. “Commemorating Mission: History as a Means to Revival of the Missionary Spirit.”
Stubbs, Jonathan. “‘And Are We Yet Alive’: Critical Considerations of 3rd Age Ministry: A Methodist Response to Changing UK Demographic.”
Teasdale, Mark. “A Methodist Matrix for Relating Evangelism to Improving People’s Standard of Living.”
Tzan, Douglas. “William Tayor, ‘Taylor’ Missionaries, and Shifting Concepts of Holiness in Nineteenth Century Calls to Missionary Service.”
Wingeier-Rayo, Philip. “The Missionary Context at the Turn of the XVIII Century: A Review of Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and the Church of England Mission Models.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Jabanesan, Albert (plenary presentation)
Pope-Levison, Priscilla (plenary presentation)


7. PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Conveners: Matthew Charlton & Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde

Presentations:

Alvizo, Xochitl and Bryan Stone. “Radical Economics and Wesleyan Congregations in the U.S.”
Armistead, M. Kathy. “A Practical Theology of Church Publishing.”
Hagiya, Grant. “Leadership and the Wesleyan Perspective.”
Jeon, Heecheon. “A Wesleyan Witness to Two Koreas and their Postcolonial Dilemmas in the Northeastern Asia.”
Marsh, Jill. “A Wesleyan Approach to ‘Difference’: A UK Case-Study.”
Mulambya-Kabonde, Peggy. “Exile and Refugees—An Exploration of Who is Your Neighbour: A Case in Zambia of the Democratic Republic of Congo Refugees.”
Nyengele, Fulgence. “Restoring Grace, Restoring Ubuntu: Reclaiming Wesleyan Social Holiness by Recovering the African Concept of Ubuntu.”
Rankin, Stephen. “John Wesley’s Anthropology: A Resource for Empathy Development Among College Students.”
Saenz, Ruben. “Our Immigrant Neighbors: A Call to Reveal God’s Works.”
Torio, Pedro. “Care for the Margins: The Covenant Discipleship Group as the Platform for Mission.”
Zavala-Chaparro, Pedro. “Towards a Critique of Wesleyan Reason. From North-Atlantic colonial Wesleyanism to Messianic materialist Wesleyanism.” [and Spanish version]

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Olson, Harriett-Jane
Phillips, Nichole (plenary presentation)


8. THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION

Conveners: Jeff Conklin-Miller & Jane Leach

Presentations:

Conklin-Miller, Jeff. “Formation for (Faithful) Fresh Expressions: the Necessity of Theological Education for Methodist Ecclesial Innovation.”
Heath, Elaine A. “Unbinding Lazarus: Renewing Theological Education to Resource a Missional, Kenotic Church.”
Hendricks, Stephen. [title pending]
Leach, Jane. “Responsible Grace: The Role of Supervision in the Renewal of Vocation and Ministry.”
Marsh, Clive. “Where has Systematic Theology Gone? (And does that Matter for Theological Education?).”
Nascimento, Amos. “Renewal, Reform, and Revolution in Wesleyan Education: Perspectives for Multicultural and Postsecular Societies in the 21st Century.”
Nicolaev, Sergei V. “Global Covenant Groups for Seminary Presidents: An Exploration of an Idea.”
Park, HiRho. “Education in the Wesleyan and Methodist Tradition. How Does Wesleyan Theological Education impact the Clergy Leadership of the United Methodist Church in a Global Context?”
Phillips, Thomas. “Grace, Justice, and Access to Knowledge: A Different Future for the Theological Library in Theological Education.”
Rao, Naveen. “Theological Education: A Postcolonial Vision of ‘Revival and Reformation’.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Andiñach, Pablo (plenary presentation)
Cape, Kim (preach Covenant Service)
McAlilly, William
Pak, Sujin (plenary panel presentation)
Storey, Peter
Wolfe, Thomas


9. THEOLOGY AND ETHICS

Conveners: Jimmy Dube & Sondra Wheeler

Presentations:

Castelo, Daniel. “Christian Perfection and Christian Mysticism: A Way to Resurrection?”
Costa-Renders, Elizabete. “Inclusion as a Challenge for Theological Ethics.”
Ekebuisi, Chinonyerem Chijioke. “Charismatic Renewal within the Methodist Church, Nigeria.”
Garnett, James. “Telling the Right Stories, Desiring the Right Things: Value as a Foundation for Methodist Renewal.”
Kent, Elizabeth. “Renewing the Methodist ‘habitus’: Enabling Transformative Communities Through a Revival of Distinctively Methodist Practice.”
Kim, Sungwon. “Fellowship Driven Theology of Sanctification: A Theology of Sanctification for the 21st Century.”
Maia, Filipe. “The Revival of the Common: Spiritual Revival and Political Revolution in the Wesleyan Movement.”
Oviedo, Pablo Guillermo.Between the Encounter with others and the Other – The Renewing Experience of Divine Grace and its Problems; challenges for the Wesleyan Mission and Theology.” [and Spanish version]
Renders, Helmut. “Reconciliation as ‘Deep’ Revolution: Atonement and the Overcoming of Enmity in a Brazilian Methodist Perspective.”
Rieger, Joerg. “Grace under Pressure: Wesleyan Moves from Charity and Advocacy to Deep Solidarity.”
Singh, Ivy. “Dalit Women Searching for the Economy of Life: Exploring Insights from the Theology of John Wesley.”
Turner, Philip. “What Methodists Believe: An Exploration of Normative and Lived Theologies.”
Vaai, Upolu Luma. “‘Others are Enjoying Life from our Death’: Eco-Relational Theology and a Methodist Ecological Revolution in Oceana.”
Withrow, Lisa. “Sanctifying Space and the Liminal Bridge.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Abrahams, Ivan (preside Covenant Service)
Lancaster, Sarah (plenary presentation)
Price-Tebbutt, Nicola


10. WESLEY STUDIES

Conveners: Geordan Hammond & Julie Lunn

Presentations:

Bounds, Chris. “Toward a Wesleyan Theology of Revival.”
Bryant, Barry. “Intersections of Reform: Prisons, Poverty, and Slavery.”
Chilcote, Paul.Perfect Love Restored: The Language of Renewal in the Hymns of Charles Wesley.”
Clapper, Gregory S. “‘Happiness Engineers,’ Video Games Designers, and Wesley’s Vision for Revival and Renewal.”
Cope, Rachel. “Relational Reading and Imagined Religious Community.”
Danker, Ryan. “Benevolent Opposition: Early Methodism as a Laicized Challenge to the Church of England.”
Dedji, Valentin. “Compassionate Theology and Praxis for Wesley’s World Parish: A Missiological Imperative for Today.”
Kawira Mugambi, Diane. “Wesleyan Influence to the Revival in the Present Growth of the Methodist Church in Kenya.”
Hammond, Geordan. “The George Whitefield and Transatlantic Protestantism Project.”
Laporta, Hector. “The Grace of God Comes in a Piñata.”
Lunn, Julie. “Women Articulating Faith.”
Oconer, Luther. “Repentance and ‘Fruit Meet for Repentance’ in Early Methodist Revival.”
Stalcup, Erika K. R. “‘It is Heart Work to be Born Again’: The Language of Renewal in Early Methodist Conversion Narratives.”
Turner, Michael K. “John Wesley, Medical Reform, and the Methodist Revival in 18th Century England.”
Tyson, John. “The Old Wesley(s) and the New Luther: An Invitation to Rethink Their Views on Soteriology.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Browder, Michael
Maddox, Randy (Institute Secretary)
Schuler, Ulrike (plenary panel presentation)


11. WORSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY

Conveners: Ron Anderson & Brent Peterson

Presentations:

Albin, Thomas R. “Experience of God.”
Anderson E. Byron (Ron). “The Means of Grace and the Desire(s) of the Heart.”
Clarke, Martin V. “‘Above all Sing Spiritually’: Musical Reform and Revival in Methodism.”
Grimm, Tammie. “Reviving Sanctification: Reclaiming a Wesleyan Distinctive of Holy Transformation for Renewal of Methodists in the Twenty-First Century.”
Liu, Gerald C. “An Ethical Recommendation for United Methodist Worship and Preaching Now.”
Lunn, Andrew J. “Social Imaginaries in Contemporary British Methodism.”
Maddix, Mark A. “Inclusion or Exclusion: Wesleyan Eucharistic Theology of Mission and Reconciliation.”
Peterson, Brent. “Wesleyan Eucharistic Renewal and Revival as Eschatologically Theotic.”
Shin, Daniel D. “Searching the Scriptures, Finding Christ in the World.”
Smith, Jennifer. “To Understand About the Loaves: Leaders Formed for Renewal. John Wesley, The Means of Grace, and Contemporary Pastoral Leadership.”

Other Participants/Responders in Group:

Thaarup, Charlotte