Richard Thompson and Brent Peterson, professors in the Department of Religion and the School of Theology and Christian Ministries, recently participated in the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies in Oxford, England. The conference was convened August 12-19.
They joined nearly 140 scholars and church leaders from various Methodist-related denominations to offer studies related to the theme, “Wesleyan Communities and the World Beyond Christianity.” The Institute met at Christ Church, where the forefathers of Methodism, John and Charles Wesley, were educated and ordained.
Thompson and Peterson were the only two professors from Nazarene educational institutions who participated in the conference. Thompson served as co-chair of the Biblical Studies working group and presented a paper, “Making/Taking Her Place in the World: The Church among Others in Acts 16–19,” which focused on different kinds of interaction between the earliest Christians and others.
Peterson was selected for the Institute to present his paper, “Life through Repentance and Denial: Jewish Teshuvah, Christian Lent, and Islamic Ramadan in Conversation,” which compared core theological themes and practices among these three different religious seasons to explore places where Wesleyans might engage in formative conversation with those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths.
The Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies is convened every five years under the auspices of the World Methodist Council.