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.
Emerging Methodist Voices
Inaugurated in 2015, this annual lectureship brings to campus pastor/scholars who are leading the Wesleyan tradition into the future. With these lectures, we put a stake in the ground for looking forward in hope.
Wesley Heritage Tour
Every third year, we lead a Wesley Heritage Tour to 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.
Rio Texas Project Transformation
Young leaders from Project Transformation visit Austin Seminary every summer for fellowship and learning.
Project Transformation’s collaborative model of ministry harnesses the creative energy and leadership of college age young adults, who live in intentional Christian community, and lead summer and after-school programs for children in various underserved neighborhoods. Each week, interns meet with church and nonprofit leaders to explore various ministry-related vocations and spend time discerning their vocational call to life-long service. The programs are held at United Methodist churches located in the heart of low-income neighborhoods, thereby helping those churches connect in meaningful ways with their communities.