This January (17-21), WBS is offering two courses that will prepare you to engage with the political and public world from a biblical and Wesleyan position. Courses will be held at the offices of the Institute on Religion and Democracy at 1023. 15th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005
Wesleyan Public Theology will be taught by Dr. Ryan Danker and Dr. Joy Moore. Wesleyan Theology of the Body will be taught by Dr. Tim Tennent.
The courses can be taken for credit or taken as an audit. These courses are available on-site in Washington, DC, or live via Zoom. Recordings of each lecture will be made available to all participants.
Other presenters/participants during the week include Dr. Matt Ayars, Dr. Andy Miller, Dr. Matt Friedeman, Rev. Rudy Bropleh, Rev. Eugene Rivers.
For participants who join via Zoom or who reside in the DC area, the food and lodging cost will not apply. Participants taking the course for credit will pay the full tuition cost. Auditors will pay the auditing fee.
This one-credit hour course will explore the historical, political, and biblical foundations of a Wesleyan approach to the public square with particular attention to the social repercussions of a Wesleyan theology of transformational grace. Engaging the historical political and social context of early Methodism in eighteenth-century Britain, the major political currents of the time in the trans-Atlantic context, the political and social writings of John Wesley, and examples of Wesleyan/Methodist engagement with the public square since the time of the Wesley brothers the student will be equipped to formulate a contemporary and contextual Wesleyan political theology. In addition to history and theology, the course will include an analysis of biblical texts on public engagement as seen through the lens of Wesleyan biblical interpretation. The course is designed to assist the student to be thoughtfully engaged in the world informed by the riches of the Wesleyan tradition.
Dr Ryan Danker
Dr. Joy Moore
This one-credit course looks at what it means to be created in the image of God and how our bodies serve as icons that illuminate God’s purposes. Topics include marriage, family, singleness, and friendship, and how the human body has been objectified in art and media today. It also offers a framework for discipling people today in a Christian theology of the body.
Explores the contours of a robust Christian vision of the body and human sexuality and the variety of different ways we are called into relationships with others. It is a theological vision that informs our self-understanding, how we treat others, and how we engage today’s controversial and difficult discussions on human sexuality with grace, wisdom, and confidence.
Dr. Tim Tennent