The Wesley Connection at Austin Seminary brings intentional focus to the teachings and practices of the Methodist movement in general and the Methodist Church in particular. Through the Connection we hope to generate broader awareness of Wesleyan thought within the Austin Seminary community, to emphasize the Methodist heritage, and to reinforce connections among United Methodist and African Methodist Episcopal students, faculty, alumni, and clergy.
Events at the Wesley Connection include:
UMC Leadership Visits
Each year bishops and cabinets from the Rio Texas, Central Texas, or Texas conferences will be on the Austin Seminary campus to preach, teach, and build community.
Wesley Heritage Tour
The Wesley Heritage Tour will take place May 25-June 3, 2015. We will visit sites of significance in John Wesley’s life and the birth of the Methodist movement from Bristol to Epworth to Oxford to Aldersgate Street and points in between. Austin Seminary students will participate for course credit, but all are welcome to join. For more details, please visit www.aitsatl.com and "log in" using austinmethodist 2015 as group ID and travel as password. Contact Melissa Wiginton at firstname.lastname@example.org with other questions.
Texas Youth Academy
Young leaders from the Texas Youth Academy will visit each summer for worship and a meal.
The Texas Youth Academy (TYA) is an advanced discipleship program for senior high United Methodist Youth that was initiated by the Texas Annual Conference in the summer of 2009. Patterned after the Duke Youth Academy program, TYA is a two-week summer experience that currently is held at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
TYA is intended for youth in any of the United Methodist Conferences of Texas who show promise for clergy and lay leadership in the Church. High school sophomores and juniors are accepted through an application process.
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