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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Wesleyan Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group seeks to promote the critical understanding and appropriation of Wesleyan traditions. Our sessions are purposefully structured to encourage not only historical/sociological studies, but also theological reflection, critique, and extension. We understand Wesleyan traditions to include Methodist, Holiness, and other related strands of Christian tradition.

Call for Papers: 

1) "Wesleyan Culture and the Public Square since the Mid-Twentieth Century"
This session will focus on late twentieth and early twenty-first century leaders whose lives in the public square have been explicitly influenced by Wesleyan perspectives. Papers must draw explicit connections between the person's work in the public square and the influence of Methodism. Political leaders might include Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, George W. Bush, or Boris Trajkovski. Public figures might include Beyoncé, Martin Luther King, Jr. (relating to his formation at Methodist-related Boston University), Branch Rickey, or Jackie Robinson.

2) "Unity/Disunity in the Wesleyan Family"
This session will focus on key moments when divisive issues have led to significant fracturing and realignment within in the Wesleyan family. We call for papers that will examine such key moments that emerged with respect to ethical, theological, social, racial, gender, sexual, and economic issues. Question of particular interest are the following: What factors lay in the foreground and background? How long lasting were these divisions? Did they contribute in the end to weakening and/or strengthening the Wesleyan family? Did they contribute to different forms of unity? How might the contemporary Wesleyan family learn from these moments?

3) "The Role of Arminius in Wesleyan and Reformed Theology" [Jointly Sponsored with the Reformed Theology Group]
This session calls for papers that consider Jacob Arminius and the reception of his theological perspective in Wesleyan and Reformed communities. How have these communities historically represented Arminius? Do these perspectives prove to be historically accurate? For instance, to what extent can 18th century Anglicanism be characterized as Calvinist? To what extent can Methodism be seen as an expression of Calvinism? Could a reconsideration of Arminius contribute to a rapprochement between Reformed and Wesleyan churches? Historical and constructive proposals that address issues broadly pertaining to both of these traditions and communities are encouraged.

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