World Parish Webinars
Join us online on the second Tuesday of each month for our series of ‘World Parish Webinars’ which bring together scholars and researchers from around the world for a focused time of theological conferring. The overall theme of the webinars is ‘decolonising theology’, and each time we have a presenter who introduces a paper for discussion.
All are welcome to engage with this exciting venture, jointly hosted by Wesley House, the World Methodist Council and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
A list of forthcoming webinars can be found on our What’s On page.
Recordings of past webinars can be found below.
14 February 2023
Our presenter this session was Sarah Bach, Swiss UMC Pastor and Climate Activist
10 January 2023
Continuing upon our theme Deep Solidarity for Climate Justice our presenter will be Dr David N. Field, Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue with the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.
8 November 2022
With Prof Joerg Rieger, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School
11 October 2022
With Revd Dr Katy Hinman, Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science
13 September 2022
Our first webinar of the year on the theme Deep Solidarity for Climate Justice led by Revd Dr Adam Ployd
14 June 2022
The June session of the World Parish Webinar brought our six-month series to a close with a panel discussion of the theme ‘illumination’. Panel members included the Revd Jacqui Jones, founding pastor of CrossPoints Church in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Revd Dr Michael Nausner, Methodist theologian and research fellow for the Church of Sweden Research Unit; and the Revd Dr. Elaine Heath, Abbess of the Spring Forest Community in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The Revd Dr Paul W Chilcote hosted this event.
10 May 2022
The May session of the World Parish Webinar explored the third of the three themes in this series: illumination. Our presented, the Rev. Dr. Amelia Koh-Butler of the Uniting Church of Australia addressed the topic, “Illuminations: Water and Sand – Reading Native Theologies with a Wesleyan Lens of Spiritual Experience”.
12 April 2022
Our April Webinar continued the exploration of the theme ‘Pilgrimage’ with a panel composed of the Rev Dr Steve Manskar, former Director of Wesleyan Leadership with United Methodist Discipleship Ministries; Gillian Kingston, former Vice President of the World Methodist Council and Irish pilgrim; and the Rev Dr Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman, Wesley House Fellow and Minister of the Ponte Sant’Angelo Church in Rome. The Rev Dr Paul W Chilcote moderated the discussion.
8 March 2022
For the March Webinar, the Rev Dr Rodney Aist, global pilgrim, author, and program director for St. George’s College in Jerusalem, provided a presentation on the second sub-theme for the World Methodist Conference, “Pilgrimage.” The Rev Jacqui Jones, pastor of Gracepoint Church in Johannesburg and Wesley House alumna, hosted the event.
8 February 2022
The February Webinar continued the exploration of ‘Migration’ by means of a panel, including the Rev. Leao Neto, a native-Brazilian who oversees immigrant churches in the MCB; Rev. Oscar Siu, a Wesley House doctoral student of Chinese descent; and Rev. Gavin Rogers, who has been involved in immigration issues at the US southern border as a pastor in Texas. The Rev. Dr. Filipe Maia, of Boston University, moderated the discussion.
11 January 2022
Bishop Minerva Carcano, chair of the Immigration Task Force for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, presented on the theme “Migration” – the first sub-theme of the World Methodist Conference to be held in 2024. Revd Dr Paul Chilcote served as host for this event.
14 December 2021
Dr Martin Barcala, a PhD student of Universidade Metodista de Sao Paulo, presented a paper entitled “Crossing boundaries: John Wesley and popular religiosity” Dr Filipe Maia of Boston University School of Theology hosted the event
12 October 2021
Dr David N Field, the Ecumenical Staff Officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue for the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, based in Basel, Switzerland, presented in October on “Liberty and Love and Covid 19: Toward a Methodist Theological Ethical Response to Living through a Pandemic.”
Dr Richard A.Davis, Director of Contextual Theology and Director of the Centre for Faith in Public Life at Wesley House presented on “Postcolonial theology and the bicultural journey of the Methodist Church in New Zealand”. The Revd Dr Paul Chilcote, Wesley House Director of the Centre for Global Wesleyan Theology, hosted this session
Dr. Lilian C. Siwila, associate professor of theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, presented to the June 2021 World Parish Webinar on the topic, “Trapped between the Pew and the Altar: Wesleyan Liturgy and decoloniality on African feminist perspective”. The Rev. Jacqui Rivas served as host for this session.
13 April 2021
The Revd Jacqui Rivas, a pioneer minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and recent MA graduate of Wesley House, presented to the April World Parish Webinar on the theme “SWITCH-the digital church”
9 March 2021
The Revd Anastacio Chembeze, a United Methodist pastor from Mozambique and student of Wesley House, presented to the March 2021 World Parish Webinar on the theme ‘COVID-19: challenges and implications of vaccines for African countries’.
9 Feburary 2021
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., immediate past president of the United Methodist Council on Bishops, presented to the Feburary 2021 World Parish Webinar on the theme “Wesleyan Engagement in a Season of Multiple Pandemics.”
12 January 2021
The World Parish Webinar continued its work in this session with a review of the past year and conversation and strategizing about the ensuing year. The Revd Dr Paul Chilcote convened this session as successor to the Revd Dr Andrew Stobart who remains a member of the webinar leadership team.
10 March 2020
World Parish Webinar with The Revd Pablo Oviedo, Argentina, presenting ‘Grace that liberates and unites us with God’s mission: liberation and Wesleyan theologies in Latin America – a historical and theological perspective’
World Parish Webinar with Rev Pablo Oviedo, Argentina, presenting 'Grace that liberates and unites us with God's mission: liberation and Wesleyan theologies in Latin America – a historical and theological perspective'
Posted by Wesley House, Cambridge on Tuesday, 10 March 2020
11 February 2020
World Parish Webinar with presentation from The Revd Dr Andrew Stobart
Tonight's webinar with Dr Andrew Stobart
Posted by Wesley House, Cambridge on Tuesday, 11 February 2020
14 January 2020
World Parish Webinar with presentation from The Revd Dr JC Park, President of the World Methodist Council. Topic: ‘The New Realities of World Christianity: The Church on the Move in the Walled World of Apartheid’
World Parish Webinar with presentation from Revd Dr JC Park, President of the World Methodist Council. Topic: 'The New Realities of World Christianity: The Church on the Move in the Walled World of Apartheid'
Posted by Wesley House, Cambridge on Tuesday, 14 January 2020
14 April 2020
Watch again Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/407909610
Dr Andrew Stobart (Wesley House) and Dr Filipe Maia (Boston University School of Theology) lead a conversation with global participants on Wesley’s Plain Account of the People Called Methodists and Nelson Maldonado-Torres’ article ‘Religious Studies and/in the Decolonial Turn’, which can be accessed here: contendingmodernities.nd.edu/theorizing-modernities/religiousstudiesdecolonialturn
7 April 2020
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