From left: Powe, Felker Jones, Soulen.In October and November, three United Methodist scholars will present Dean’s Lectures at Candler focusing on systematic theology from a Wesleyan perspective. The lectures will take place on October 28, November 11 and November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The lectures are free, and boxed lunches will be provided for those who register by the deadlines listed below.

October 28: “The Intersection between Wesleyan Anthropology and Black Lives Matter,” by F. Douglas Powe 98T 04G, James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism, professor of urban ministry and associate director of the Center for the Missional Church at Wesley Theological Seminary. Room 252, Rita Anne Rollins Building

“Anthropological questions regarding race continue to challenge the United States,” Powe writes in the lecture abstract. “Engaging a Wesleyan anthropological perspective can offer new insights into the racial dialogue, and such dialogue can deepen understanding of Wesleyan anthropology and connections between Wesleyan doctrines.” Register here by October 22.

An ordained elder in the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Powe’s research interests include church revitalization, urban theology and Methodist theology. He is the author and co-author of multiple books, including Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations (Abingdon Press, 2015) and Just Us or Justice? Moving Toward a Pan-Methodist Theology (Abingdon, 2009).

November 11: “Wesleyan Theology for a Church with a Future,” by Beth Felker Jones, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. Room 360, Candler School of Theology.

“While the future of the United Methodist Church is currently a matter of anxiety, the defining features of a Wesleyan systematic theology offer hope for that future,” writes Felker Jones. The lecture will draw on aspects of her current book project, a systematic theology of conversion that explores the interrelation of the major systematic loci and a theology of God's converting love. Register here by November 4.

Felker Jones’ research focuses on theology and the body, the resurrection, gender and theology, and conversion. She is a frequent contributor to The Christian Century and has authored numerous articles, as well as the books Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically (Baker, 2014) and Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection (Oxford University Press, 2007).

November 18: “The Name of the Trinity in Wesleyan Perspective: An Ecosystem of Praise and Solidarity,” by R. Kendall Soulen 86T, director of the Master of Theological Studies program and professor of systematic theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Soulen’s lecture will explore naming the Trinity. Following the example of Charles Wesley’s Hymns on the Trinity (1767), he will suggest that perhaps the most appropriate way to name the Trinity is really a vibrant ecosystem of ways. “As an ecosystem of praise, the church is also an ecosystem of solidarity, in and for the world,” he writes. Soulen will consider the nineteenth century black female evangelist Zilpha Elaw to illustrate what this means. Register here by November 11.

Soulen is an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, and an elected delegate to the 2016 General Conference. Regarded as a leading post-supersessionist theologian, he devotes much of his scholarship to the idea that the Christian faith becomes more authentically Christian as it overcomes its legacy of anti-Judaism. He has authored numerous articles and books, including The God of Israel and Christian Theology (Fortress, 1996), Abraham’s Promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations (Eerdmans, 2004) and The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices (Westminster John Knox, 2011).

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.