Wesleyan Heritage Conference, Oct. 6-8

wesleyconference.jpgWILMORE, KY—Asbury College hosts the Wesleyan Heritage Conference, Oct. 6-8, as part of the Staley Lecture Series. The Wesleyan program is designed to share the relevance of Wesleyan tradition in today’s society.

This year’s theme is “Law and Grace in the Wesleyan Tradition,” will be developed in the College’s chapel service throughout the week. Contributors include Dr. Chris Bounds, Dr. Christine Pohl and Dr. Joe Dongell.

Dr. Bounds is a professor of systematic theology and philosophy at Indiana Wesleyan University and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Asbury College (1988) and Asbury Theological Seminary (1991) and received both his M.Phil. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) from Drew University. An active speaker and writer, Bounds has two books ready to be published in 2009: The Doctrine of Christian Perfection in the Ante-Nicene Fathers and A Brief Guide to the Nicene Creed.

Dr. Pohl has been professor of social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary for the last 19 years. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (1972) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1986) and received her Ph.D. in Ethics and Society from Emery University (1993). Prior to graduate studies and teaching at ATS, she was involved in ministry at the congregational level, in parachurch work, and in work with refugees. Some of her publications include: Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, Living on the Boundaries: Evangelical Women, Feminism, and the Theological Academy, and a forthcoming book titled Practices that Make and Break Community. Pohl serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Christian Ethics.

Dr. Dongell has served as a professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary since 1989. He is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University (1978), Asbury Theological Seminary (1981), the University of Kentucky (M.A. in Classical Greek and Latin, 1986), and Union Theological Seminary, (Ph.D. in New Testament Studies, 1991). Among is many publications, Dongell co-authored Why I Am Not a Calvinist with Jerry Walls and is the author of John: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. He also serves regularly as a preacher and teacher at conferences, retreats, and churches. Dongell serves as a Board Member of his alma mater, Southern Wesleyan University.

Schedule of events
Monday, Oct.6
“Christ and the Law” Dr. Chris Bounds, Chapel, Hughes Auditorium, 10–10:50 a.m.
Forum, Dr. Chris Bounds, Bennett-Bernard, 4–5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Faculty Lunch, Dr. Christine Pohl, Gray room (Cafeteria), 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Bonhoeffer, film and discussion, Bennett-Bernard, 8–10 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
“The Spirit of Christ” Dr. Joe Dongell, Chapel, Hughes Auditorium, 10–10:50 a.m.
Faculty Banquet, Dr. Joe Dongell, Gray room (Cafeteria), 6–7:30 p.m.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Program is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation, established in the fall of 1969 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley of Rye, New York, in memory of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H. H. Haynes of Bristol, Tennessee. The Thomas F. Staley Foundation is firmly persuaded that the message of the Christian gospel, when proclaimed in its historic fullness, is always contemporary, relevant and meaningful to any generation. To this end, the Foundation seeks to bring to the college and university campuses of America distinguished scholars who truly believe and can clearly communicate the Christian gospel to students. The Asbury College community is grateful to the Thomas F. Staley Foundation for allowing it to participate in this annual program.

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