I’ve been privileged to be a part of the previous three events, and it has been exciting to see the Symposium grow from about a dozen participants in 2009 to well over 50 in 2011. We’ve had some great presentations from established scholars, practitioners, and graduate students.
Most importantly, it has provided an opportunity for networking among people who are interested in Wesleyan history and theology. The Wesley Chair is an interesting partnership between five Canadian denominations and Tyndale: the Brethren in Christ, the Church of the Nazarene, the Free Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, and the Wesleyan Church. It has been wonderful to build connections, share resources, and encourage one another across denominational lines via these events.
This year’s program looks very interesting, and covers a wide variety of disciplines and topics (detailed schedule available here). The papers to be presented are:
- “Statistical Profile of the Wesleyan Community in Canada,” by Rick Hiemstra (Director of Research and Media Relations, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada)
- “Graced Practices of the Salvation Army,” by Major Wendy Swan (ExL Program Director and Asst. Professor of Theology, Booth University College; PhD student, King’s College, London)
- “Herbert E. Randall: From Canadian Holiness Missionary to Pentecostal Leader,” by Dan Sheffield (Director, Intercultural and Global Ministries, Free Methodist Church in Canada)
- “The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley”by Dr. Jeffrey McPherson (Asst. Professor of Theology, Roberts Wesleyan College)
- “Toward a Wesleyan Holiness Homiletic,” by Mark Schnell (Ph.D. student, Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology)
In the evening, we’ll have a keynote lecture by Dr. Victor Shepherd, on the topic “Wesley as Theologian and Leader in the Universal Church.” Dr. Shepherd is Professor of Theology at Tyndale Seminary, and was the first occupant of the Bastian Chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale.
The Symposium will be held in the auditorium of Tyndale’s new Bayview Campus. If you’re in the area and interested in Wesley Studies, please consider coming, and register here. The event is free but we do need people to register so we can plan for meals.
Hope to see some of you there.