Wesley House Research Seminar in Theology

 

Research Seminars

The Wesley House Research Seminars are open to all, with a particular focus on resourcing postgraduate theological conversation. They are held fortnightly and are available by Zoom for those who can not attend in person.

A list of forthcoming seminars can be found on our What’s On page.

Recordings of some of the past seminars can be found below.

 

Thursday 23rd April 2020
Rolling dice with God: exploring theology through the lens of fantasy/sci-fi table-top gaming
As part of his sabbatical project, The Revd Tom Osborne explores ways of reflecting theologically on this hobby genre, both in terms of how theology might be expressed through gaming, and, more deeply, how gaming presents questions of substance to Christian theology.
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Thursday 27th February 2020
Christian doctrine without borders? Has postcolonialism undermined the concept of universal Christian teaching?
The Revd Dr Richard Clutterbuck presents a paper exploring how issues of postcolonialism impact the construction and teaching of Christian doctrine.
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Thursday 13th February 2020
Responsible Grace: supervision and the renewal of the body of Christ
In this seminar, The Revd Dr Jane Leach leads us through the qualitative methodology she used to research the impact of pastoral supervision in the British Methodist Church. While the research was written up into a book, A Charge to Keep, this seminar helps researchers understand how she reached her conclusions, modelling good academic, qualitative practice.
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Thursday 30th January 2020
Deep, Diagonal and Dynamic: visualising the theological research journey
The Revd Dr Andrew Stobart explores how to articulate what we think we are doing when we are doing theological research. While dealing with issues of methodology, the presentation particularly asks the question: ‘whose research is it?’ – what if theological research is an enquiry that God is making of us?
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Thursday 16th January 2020
Redeeming Worship
In this seminar, The Revd Dr Stephen Plant (Trinity Hall, Cambridge) presents a section from his forthcoming book on the theology of international development. Dr Plant looks at the ways in which Christian NGOs typically connect with the worshipping life of the Church, often using liturgical resources as vehicles for fundraising and raising awareness. Instead, Dr Plant proposes reversing the polarity and using a theological understanding of worship to shed light on the work of Faith-based NGOs. Worship alone is able properly to structure the relation between time and eternity, reality and hope, in ways that reveal God’s realisation of human flourishing.
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World Parish Webinars

Join us online on the first 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.


Past Seminars

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

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

World Parish Webinar

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

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
Heart of the Gospel
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