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The Manchester Wesley Research Centre promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology.

The MWRC is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The University of Manchester John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.

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If you are interested in further information about the Wesley Centre and its programmes, or would like to be placed on the mailing list for information about forthcoming events, please contact the Director at the following address:

Manchester Wesley Research Centre
Dene Road
Didsbury, Manchester
England M20 2GU

MWRC Director
Geordan Hammond, Ph.D.
Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

MWRC Assistant
Helen Stocker, M.Theol.
Email: hstocker@nazarene.ac.uk    

 

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George Whitefield at 300 

An International Tercentenary Conference at Pembroke College, Oxford

Sponsored by Aberystwyth University, the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, and The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University

25‑27 June 2014

2014 will mark the tercentenary of the birth of George Whitefield (1714‑70), the eighteenth-century’s best known and most widely travelled evangelical revivalist. For a time in the middle decades of the eighteenth century, Whitefield was the most famous person in the Atlantic world. An Anglican clergyman, his ministry fuelled revival movements on both sides of the Atlantic. He was one of the fathers of Methodism, a founder of Calvinistic Methodism, but also the leading itinerant and international preacher of the evangelical movement in its first phase. Called the ‘Apostle of the English empire’, he preached throughout the British Isles, and crossed the Atlantic seven times, preaching in nearly every town on the eastern seaboard of America. His own fame and popularity were such that he has been called ‘Anglo-America’s first religious celebrity’, and even one of the ‘Founding Fathers of the American Revolution’. However, that celebrity and reputation may have distorted later understandings of him. He became an evangelical or denominational hero to some and a villain to others. His writings and manuscript papers were subjected to over-enthusiastic editors who wished to celebrate his achievements, preserve his reputation, or popularize him, rather than to understand him in his eighteenth-century context. The tercentenary of Whitefield’s birth presents an opportunity for a major reassessment of his life and context.

Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Atherstone (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; on Whitefield's 'afterlife') 

William Gibson (Oxford Brookes University; on Whitefield and the Church of England)

David Ceri Jones (Aberystwyth University; on Whitefield and the evangelical revival)

Frank Lambert (Purdue University; on Whitefield and the Enlightenment)

Mark Noll (University of Notre Dame; on Whitefield’s spirituality)

Carla Gardina Pestana (University of California, Los Angeles; on Whitefield and Empire)

Boyd S. Schlenther (Emeritus Aberystwyth University; on Whitefield’s personal life)

Conference Programme:

Follow this link to see the draft conference programme [updated on 9 April 2014]

Conference Organizers

Revd Dr David Ceri Jones, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University. Email: dmj@aber.ac.uk  

Dr Geordan Hammond, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester. Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

Registration:

Registration is open until 31 May 2014. Please complete a registration form and email it to Emma Curran at: ecurran@brookes.ac.uk 

Secure online payment of a deposit or full conference fee can be made here.

*News (Feburary 2014): The conference has received a generous grant to enable scholars who do not have institutional support (principally retired academics) to attend the conference. We can therefore offer a number of bursaries of up to £100 towards conference fees.

In order to be equitable, we ask that applicants give details of their academic standing, confirm that they plan to attend the conference, and that they will not be receiving other institutional support. This is open to those who have registered. Applications should be sent to Emma Curran at ecurran@brookes.ac.uk by 31 May 2014. 

Flyer containing information about the conference

Poster for the conference

Photos of Pembroke College