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Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit plans for two sessions at the 2022 Annual Meeting in Denver.


Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation
The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit invites proposals on postcolonial biblical scholarship in the Wesleyan/ Methodist traditions. The unit is interested in papers that explore:

  • Decolonizing biblical scholarship with various contexts and hermeneutics, such as voices from the Global South
  • How to “decenter” biblical scholarship by honoring various minoritized hermeneutics in the field of biblical studies in our Wesleyan theological education
  • How to incorporate various reading strategies on the scripture from the global perspective to promote justice, equality, and inclusion


Christian Nationalism
The Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Unit invites proposals on the topic of Christian Nationalism. Proposals may be historical or theological in approach. The unit is interested in papers that explore:

  • the role of individuals or institutions identifying with Wesleyan theological tradition in the development, propagation, or persistence of Christian Nationalism and related topics
  • the role of the Wesleyan theological tradition in opposition to Christian Nationalism
  • Wesleyan/Methodist theological positions (historic or constructive) on Christian Nationalism, the merging of religious and national identities, white supremacy, or other similar topics

The unit is particularly interested in proposals that provide global perspectives on the theme.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to promote the critical understanding and appropriation of Wesleyan and Methodist 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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members