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. Bishop Jim Dorff of the Rio Texas Conference will visit on March 8, 2016.
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. The next trip will be summer of 2018.
Texas Youth Academy
Young leaders from the Texas Youth Academy 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.