iamscu holds it world forum to celebrate “Wesley day” on may 24th

The IAMSCU World Forum is a group of representatives from regional associations working on Methodist education around the world, meeting periodically to learn from each other, and exploring partnerships in order to have  greater global impact. On May 24, the IAMSCU World Forum is focusing on affirming the Wesleyan tradition in education by celebrating the day when John Wesley had his religious experience at Aldersgate Street in London. 

Wesley Day and the Wesleyan Tradition in Education

May 24 is a special day, defined differently across the globe: “Day of Wesley’s Religious Experience,” “World Methodist Day,” “Aldersgate Day,” “Wesley Day,” etc. IAMSCU has decided to define this day as “Wesley Day.” On May 24, 1738, John Wesley “felt his heart strangely warmed.” On the evening of that day, he had reluctantly attended a group meeting on Aldersgate Street in London, where participants focused on reading Martin Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. Wesley wrote in his journal that at about 8:45 p.m. “while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed.” He suddenly understood the meaning of “grace” as a divine gift based solely on trust and the assurance that salvation is granted through Jesus Christ. This was the beginning of the Methodist movement.

IAMSCU has established as one of its strategic priorities that it will be “visibly affirming the Wesleyan heritage in education.” As part of this process, associations and institutions are invited to 

reaffirm their Wesleyan heritage as they prepare for the IAMSCU Joint Conference with the Methodist Schools Network in England. This conference will be held at Kingswood School on April 25 to May 2, 2023. Kingswood is the first Methodist school, founded by Wesley in 1748 and still going strong! Kingswood will be celebrating 275 years.

IAMSCU World Forum

IAMSCU is the facilitator of the World Forum. Various regional associations come together to initiate conversations, promote more mutual awareness, and create exchanges worldwide. The following regional associations have been promoting Methodist education in five continents (Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Norther America): Africa Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education (AAMIHE), Africa Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions (AAUMTI), Asia Pacific Association of Methodist Educational Institutions (APAMEI), Philippines Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, Universities and Seminaries (PAMSCUS), Association o f Methodist Educational Institutions in India (AMEII), Methodist Theological Schools in Europe (MTSE), Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST), Methodist Academies Trust (MAST), Latin American Association of Methodist Institutions of Education (ALAMIE), Methodist Network of Methodist Theological Institutions in Latin America (REDIME), and Mezz0-American Network for Immigration and Education (ReMMIEd), Association of United Methodist Theological Schools (AUMTS), and North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAAMSCU).

For more details on the IAMSCU World Forum and the partnership of the association with other organizations around the world, contact Amos Nascimento (anascimento@gbhem.org).

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