AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit 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.
We are calling for papers in the first session proposed below and we plan to invite a panel for the second session proposed:
• Methodism and Nationalism. The year 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I. The response of Methodists in the USA to the “Great War” was contested. While the Methodist Episcopal Church established a national war council in Washington, pastors who sought to cool down the patriotic fervor found their churches painted yellow. We call for papers examining the intersections of Methodism and nationalism. As examples, papers might explore the Wesley’s views on patriotism, views on war and Christian pacifism in the Methodist family, and the relationship between Wesleyan/Methodist identities and national narratives in the United States or other parts of the world.
• Wesleyan Ecclesiologies. In response to a draft document on ecclesiology entitled, “Wonder, Hope, and Love” offered by the Faith and Order Commission of The United Methodist Church and commended for study by the denomination’s 2016 General Conference, we will invite panelists from a variety of church backgrounds to respond to this theological statement in the light of the Word Council of Churches Faith and Order Statement, The Church: Towards a Common Vision (2014), which is referred to in the UM document. [NB: This will be an invited panel, and we are not calling for paper proposals in this area.]