The 2014 J. Arthur Heck Lectures and Annual Alumni/ae Reunion Banquet

Dates: October 14-15, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Randy Maddox

Sponsor: Alumni/ae Association

Place: Thie Fellowship Hall

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Contact: Rev. Brice Thomas, or 937.529.2256

2014 J. Arthur Heck Lectures, Alumni/ae Reunions and Annual Awards Banquet
SCHEDULE (all events held at United’s Trotwood campus)

Tuesday, October 14
Noon – 4 p.m.: Decade Reunion Events: Classes of ’44, ’54, ’64, ’74, ’84, ’94 and ’04. Cost: $12
These reunion activities will involve special luncheons, receptions and activities for the graduates of these classes. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

6 p.m.: Alumni/ae Banquet: Class of ’74 to be inducted into the Eckels Society; Effective Ministry, Outstanding D.Min. Alumnus/a and Distinguished Alumnus/a awards to be given. Cost: $25

Wednesday, October 15
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: J. Arthur Heck Lectures
LECTURER: Randy L. Maddox, Ph.D.—‘Anticipate Our Heaven Below’: Wesleyan Precedents for Reclaiming Holistic Salvation

LECTURE 1: Salvation — Not Just for Souls, for the Whole Person
LECTURE 2: Salvation — Not Just for Humans, for the Whole Creation

Cost: $75 for guests, $60 for Alumni/ae and spouses

While Scripture speaks of God’s concern to redeem all of creation, it became increasingly common in Christian tradition to reduce “salvation” to human souls experiencing a sense of forgiveness in this life, and departing to “heaven above” at death. Biblical scholarship is calling us to take the biblical witness of holistic salvation more seriously. In these two lectures Dr. Maddox will briefly trace the historic trajectory of “spiritualizing” salvation, then turn to John and Charles Wesley as early voices seeking to reclaim the biblical conviction that “God’s mercy is over all God’s works.” He will explore both the warrant and some of the tensions involved in affirming care for the body and for the whole creation as integral to a Christian understanding of salvation.

Randy L. Maddox is the William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at the Divinity School, Duke University. His scholarly interest focuses on the theology of John and Charles Wesley and theological developments in the later Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. In addition to numerous articles he is author of Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology, a contributor to Wesley and the Quadrilateral, and editor of Aldersgate Reconsidered, Rethinking Wesley’s Theology for Contemporary Methodism, The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (with Jason Vickers), and Volume 12 of The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley. Dr. Maddox also headed the project making all of the verse of Charles Wesley available in an online edition at the website for the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at DDS.

Dr. Maddox is currently the Institute Secretary of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. He served previously as President of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Co-chair of the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, and General Editor of the Kingswood Books Imprint of Abingdon Press. Dr. Maddox is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church, and has served as a theological consultant to the Council of Bishops on several projects. Additional publication and biographical details