Asbury Hosts Annual Wesleyan Heritage Conference – Asbury University
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October 17, 2016

Faculty panel discussing and answering questions
From left: Asbury faculty Dr. Dan Strait, Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Chris Bounds ’88 and Dr. Janet Dean participated in a panel discussion during the Wesleyan Heritage Conference.

WILMORE, Ky. — Last week, Asbury University celebrated its theological roots during the annual Wesleyan Heritage Conference.

Including Chapel messages, talk back sessions and a coffee house discussion panel with faculty, the conference explored spiritual, theological, intellectual, moral and relational identity from a Wesleyan perspective.

Students, faculty and staff heard from several leading voices in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, including Dr. Chris Bounds ’88 (Wesley Scholar and chair of the Christian Studies and Philosophy Department at Asbury); Dr. Randy Maddox (Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School); and Dr. Virginia Todd Holeman (Professor of Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary).

“Asbury’s Wesleyan heritage drives me more towards the idea of holiness,” said Dean Lane ’18. “I grew up understanding the implications of holiness and what that looked like, but to have it further driven at the collegiate level was really impactful.” 

During Monday’s Chapel, Bounds spoke on “The Spiritual Self,” encouraging students to think deeply about what it means to follow Christ.

“The ultimate goal of spiritual formation is a new heart,” Bounds said. “It’s a new heart that desires God, desires the Kingdom of God and desires the reign and rule of God in all, more than anything else in life. It’s a new heart with which we love God without reservation, and we give ourselves in love and service to our neighbor.” 

 For students of all denominations, the conference was a valuable exposition of the University’s unique theological heritage, and the ways a Wesleyan worldview shapes our ideas of self.

“It’s important for Asbury students to understand and appreciate Asbury’s Wesleyan-Holiness heritage, because as students, we are entering in and participating in this Wesleyan heritage,” said Mary Jaggers ‘18. “It allows us to see the core of Christian theological beliefs and where the differences lie in less important points.”

 

To learn more about Asbury’s Wesleyan heritage, visit: asbury.edu/spiritual-vitality.