Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wesleyan-Anglican Society/Fellowship In Formation

I am trying to get the word out to as many interested folks as possible.  For those who have not joined the Wesleyan/Anglican page on Facebook, a discussion has begun concerning the formation of a Wesleyan-Anglican Fellowship or Society.

The nature of the group is still being discussed.  -  From the discussion it does not look as though the group would be an academic society, as such, though it may provide some academic presentations at an annual meeting for CEU credits.  The nature of the group may be similar to that of a religious order.  It would be open to laity and clergy.  It would provide fellowship and support.  It would include an annual meeting/retreat.  Beyond that, the actual nature of the group has not been determined.

Right now, we are trying to compile a listing of people who would be interested in such a group.  The hopes would be to have an initial meeting during which the group could be organized.

I have volunteered the church where I pastor as such a meeting place.  We are locate in New Albany, IN (across the river from Louisville, KY).

If you are interested in seeing the initial discussion, it can be viewed under Alan Brown's May 22 comment, here.

If you are interested, please join the conversation, there, or comment on this blog post.

1 comment:

Daniel McLain Hixon said...

Well Todd, I am very interested, though I do not know whether I'll be able to get up to New Albany in person (that is a LONG way from Louisiana for someone who has used up his vacation and is over-stocked on CEUs - though I can certainly follow through Skype or live-streaming or whatnot). We'll see what I can do.

I just changed the subtitle of my blog from "Wesleyanglican" to "Wesleyan-Anglican" in anticipation of the launch of the Wesleyan-Anglican Society.

I was thinking yesterday about John Wesley sending Coke across the sea with the Articles, the edited Service Book, to Methodists who already had the General Rules. Wesley gave us a polity, doctrine, liturgy, and rule of life, all of which have deep roots in the Anglican tradition.

Studying, practicing, and promoting those common elements (though polity might be less common across the Wesleyan and Anglican family) might be a good starting place for a purpose or vision statement for a society of Wesleyans seeking to recover our Anglican roots and Anglicans seeking to recover the Wesleyan spirit.