“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power.” —John Wesley, 1786
“Church renewal” is widely discussed across Methodism today, but renewal will not happen apart from serious engagement with and from the margins of society.
In this webinar, Dr. Colón-Emeric offers key insights drawn from his new book, The People Called Metodista: Renewing Doctrine, Worship, and Missions from the Margins. Following the pattern of the book, the webinar looks to the experiences of Methodists in Latin American pueblos and Hispanic barrios to open new conversations about doctrine, worship, and mission for the sake of social renewal. In true Wesleyan spirit, the flames of renewal do not confine themselves to Methodist institutions, but from the people called metodista they can spread, sharing in the Wesleyan movement’s fundamental calling to revitalize the church universal in its mission to the world. In this webinar, we hope for more than hearts “strangely warmed”—we hope for hearts ablaze, for corazones ardientes.
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Edgardo Colón-Emeric is the Dean of Duke Divinity School and the Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology. He also serves as the director of the Center for Reconciliation at the Divinity School. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Colón-Emeric was the first Latino to be ordained as an elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and was founding pastor of Cristo Vive UMC in Durham, N.C. He became founding director of the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School in 2007 and joined the Divinity School faculty in 2008. Colón-Emeric’s work explores the intersection of Methodist and Catholic theologies, and Wesleyan and Latin American experiences. His teaching covers a broad range of theological areas: systematics, Wesleyan theology, ecumenism, and Latin American theology. His latest book The People Called Metodistas: Renewing Doctrine, Worship, and Mission from the Margins was released in 2022.