Merging the Streams: Celebrating The United Methodist Church’s 50th Anniversary

“Pietism, Transatlantic Revivalism, and the EUB Legacy in United Methodism”

A historical convocation of the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction Commission of Archives and History, the Wesleyan Historical Society, the Charles Wesley Society and the General Commission of Archives and History. Hosted by The West Ohio Commission of Archives and History and United Theological Seminary’s Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage.

Dates: July 9–12, 2018

Place:
United Theological Seminary
4501 Denlinger Rd.
Dayton, OH 45426

CALL FOR PAPERS
“Pietism, Transatlantic Revivalism, and the EUB Legacy in United Methodism” serves as a fitting theme that allows us to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the merger between the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968. It celebrates the enduring legacies of the Evangelical Association and the United Brethren in Christ traditions, and the ways by which these legacies have shaped United Methodist identity. Consequently, two important motifs emerge as we discern these legacies, namely, Pietism and transatlantic revivalism. These two issues not only influenced the Evangelical, United Brethren, and Methodist traditions in various ways but also enabled them to find common ground throughout their histories, helping to set the stage for the mergers of 1946 (EUB) and 1968 (UMC).

Sample topics to explore include:

• Revivals in the history of Pietism which resulted in the merging of streams (i.e. the Silesian Revival, the Moravian Pentecost, etc.).

• The meaning of transatlantic revivalism (as a body of scholarship) and its implications for shaping the Evangelical, United Brethren and Methodist traditions.

• Racial inclusion in the Evangelical, United Brethren, and Methodist traditions and the effects of the merger (i.e. the end of the Central Jurisdiction).

• The status and role of women in the Evangelical, United Brethren, and Methodist traditions and the effects of the merger.

• The ties between the broader historical and theological streams of historic Pietism and historic Methodism.

• Various manifestations of cooperation or intersections between the Evangelical, United Brethren and Methodist movements throughout their histories.

• Figures in the history of Pietism whose work inspired the merging of streams or provide insights for understanding Evangelical, United Brethren and Methodist spirituality.

• The doctrine of holiness as a common ground between the Evangelical, United Brethren, and Methodist movements throughout their histories.

• Various issues or challenges surrounding the merger of 1968.

• Leading figures in the EUB Church or the Methodist Church during the merger of 1968.

• The ways by which the EUB tradition shaped or continues to shape United Methodist spirituality.

• EUB legacies in United Methodist theology and practice, for example, in ecclesiology, pneumatology, sacramental theology, missiology, women in ministry, racial inclusivity, women in ministry, church renewal, among others.

• The unfolding story of former EUB congregations, missions, and institutions after 1968.

Paper proposals are due on February 15, 2018.
Send presentation title and proposal synopsis (250-300 words) to ljoconer@united.edu.

ABOUT
“Merging Streams” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the merger between the Methodist and the Evangelical United Brethren churches in 1968. It celebrates the enduring legacies of the Evangelical Association and the United Brethren in Christ traditions, and the ways by which these legacies have shaped United Methodist identity.
SPEAKERS
Keynote and panel presenters include:

  • Ted Campbell
  • Morris Davis
  • William C. Davis
  • Wendy Deichmann
  • Scott Kisker
  • Steve O’Malley
  • L. Dale Patterson
  • Russell Richey
  • Ian Straker
  • Patricia Thompson
  • Jennifer Woodruff-Tait
  • and others
CONTACT | ACCOMMODATIONS | DIRECTIONS
For more information, contact:
Robbie Collins
937.529.2257
rcollins@united.edu

Accommodations

Use the map below for directions to United. There is free parking in front of the main building.

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