IAMSCU Conference continues at Wesley House, Cambridge

Participants in the Joint IAMSCU-MSN Conference transferred to Cambridge, UK, in order to continue their activities. Participants were hosted by Wesley House, participate in events at Wesley Methodist Church, where Bishop Dr. Emmanuel Asante (Ghana) was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the importance of a holistic education based on the Wesleyan tradition and according to a new program of the World Council of Churches.

Bishop Dr. Emmanuel Asante (Photo: Kimberly Lord)

The discussion after the lecture explored the idea of having a global community of practice as the best vehicle for traditional and creative ways of living and learning for discipleship and ministry, social justice, environmental issues, promotion of peace and affirmation of the reality of spiritual life. After the lecture and discussion, participants were divided into various groups who reflected on how the themes could be related to their respective contexts in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America.

Group discussions at Wesley Methodist Church (Photo: Kimberly Lord)

A series of workshops was offered by leading experts who focused on practical theology and present experiential cases at their respective contexts. These workshops and seminars included themes such as holding together heart, soul, mind and body; promoting peace and justice and relational engagement; thinking globally, ecumenically or ecologically; and practicing what one teaches in one’s institutional life.

The event included a procession of the leaders of Methodist schools, colleges, seminaries, and universities through the center of Cambridge, and leading to St. Mary’s Church, the University of Cambridge spiritual center. The IAMSCU Conference concluded with a Closing Service with Jane Leach as preacher, Alastair Oatey as Organist, and Bishop Pumla Nzimande serving as Liturgist.