Incarnation, Salvation, Healing: Wesleyan Perspectives on Human Flourishing

The 2018 ACWR Conference

Keynote speaker: Prof. Randy L. Maddox
William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies Duke Divinity School, Duke University
7 - 9 September 2018
Venue: Sydney College of Divinity. Unit 6B, 5 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113


In Evangelical Protestant circles, human flourishing is often framed in terms of the benefits of Christ’s death on the cross. Randy Maddox and other Wesleyan scholars draw our attention to John Wesley’s understanding of the impact of Christ’s incarnation not only on humanity, but on the whole of creation. Human flourishing is not limited to personal salvation, but includes social and cosmic renewal. This holistic vision challenges the sacred/secular, body/soul, individual/corporate binaries that have for so long framed the Church’s message and mission.



Call for Papers

In Evangelical Protestant circles, human flourishing is often framed in terms of the benefits of Christ’s death on the cross. Randy Maddox and other Wesleyan scholars draw our attention to John Wesley’s understanding of the impact of Christ’s incarnation not only on humanity, but on the whole of creation. Human flourishing is not limited to personal salvation, but includes social and cosmic renewal. This holistic vision challenges the sacred/secular, body/soul, individual/corporate binaries that have for so long framed the Church’s message and mission.

Papers are invited to address the issues of human flourishing, incarnation, salvation and healing from a Wesleyan perspective. Papers presented on the conference theme will be considered for inclusion in a published book on conference proceedings. Papers on other topics will also be considered for the conference.

The conference is a safe and respectful space for theological conversation. The aim of the conference is to explore ideas rather than convince others of any particular position. We are looking for presenters who are able to clearly articulate their ideas in a respectful manner, allowing space for disagreement and discussion with others. We will be selecting papers which represent a range of views. All abstracts will
remain confidential to the ACWR selection committee.

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about our keynote speaker

Prof. Randy L Maddox currently serves as the William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at the Duke University, North Carolina. He is considered one of the leading authorities on both the theology of John Wesley (1703-1791) and the theological developments of later Methodism.
Randy also serves as the Associate General Editor of the Wesley Works Project, a major scholarly project
responsible for producing the first comprehensive and critical edition of the works of John Wesley. He is the 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, and Volume 12 of The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley.

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Submitting your abstract

A useful abstract will include the following components:

  • A clear statement of the question or issue to be addressed
  • A summary of the position(s) to be presented in relation to the question or issue and/or
  • An indication of key conclusions
  • An indication of key sources of information to be drawn from – key writers, research, personal experience, biblical exposition, etc.

Abstracts must be submitted by email to dsmith@ntc.edu.au by 23 April 2018. Abstracts must be no more than 200 words. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 May. Successful postgraduate applicants will need to submit their final paper (2500 words) by 15 July.

Supplementary to the 200 word abstract please provide a short biographical statement, including:

  • Your name
  • Church, academic, professional and/or community affiliations relevant to your submission
  • Any experience and/or qualifications which support your submission
  • Any other information you consider relevant for selection panel deliberations.

The conference will commence on Friday, 7 September at 7.00pm with a keynote address. For more information please email dsmith@ntc.edu.au

Conference Registration includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea on Saturday and morning tea on Sunday.
Accommodation is not included in the conference registration.
There are limited rooms available for delegates at the Courtyard by Marriott at a special rate of AUD$155 per night.

A downloadable PDF conference registration form is available here

Download conference flyer here