Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SOCIAL HOLINESS

What did John Wesley mean by this term? And what does it look like today?

I invite friends to engage these questions with me as I facilitate a continuing education course offered through the Wabash Institute this autumn.  It's open to everyone.  It's an eight-week, Thursday evening (7-9 pm) exploration/discussion that starts September 15 and concludes November 10.

Here's the "Course Description" I shared with the Wabash Institute:

Social Holiness explores community, compassion, and justice as core practices of living in the Wesleyan/holiness way.

“There is no holiness but social holiness,” said John Wesley. Using the Bible as a guide, Wesley led the early Methodists in eighteenth-century England

(1) to live in accountable, loving community with each other, and

(2) to engage in unprecedented compassion and society-changing expressions of justice and opportunity--particularly in relationship to vulnerable neighbors.

This course (1) integrates Biblical, theological, philosophical, and historical underpinnings of Wesleyan social holiness with (2) recent, current, and potential practices in local congregations and communities. Particular attention is given to historic Free Methodist commitments to social holiness (abolition/freedom for all human beings, inclusion/preference for the poor, freedom in faith and worship, and open societies). The course will include several guest presenters and practitioners. It will include four site visits to Central Indiana compassionate and community justice initiatives.

Core readings include: The Radical Wesley by Howard Snyder and Churches That Make a Difference by Ron Sider. Numerous other book excerpts and articles will be read and discussed. Receive a syllabus from John Franklin Hay – johnhayjr@sbcglobal.net

Course location: Free Methodist World Ministry Center, 770 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214; course participation will necessitate transportation or ride sharing to four Central Indiana sites.

Course fees: $25 non-ordination students; $20 additional for attending spouse; $90 ordination candidate (extra assignments required for those seeking ordination); additional cost for books and supplies is the responsibility of the student.

Registration: Contact Brian Buterbaugh – revbuterbaugh@comcast.net

The Wabash Institute is a continuing education initiative of the Wabash Annual Conference of the Free Methodist Church USA.  It serves to equip Conference Ministerial Candidates and lay participants for effective servant leadership.  While its primary intent is to be a training track for ministry, courses are open to anyone interested (and I heartily welcome all who consider me a friend and who are interested in the topic and issues of this course!).

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