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By Lyndon Orinion on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:16 AM
R. Kendall Soulen, who teaches theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., has focused much of his work on Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. His book The God of Israel and Christian Theology attempts to restate basic Christian convictions in a way that is not supersessionist or triumphalist in relation to Jews. His other books include Abraham’s Promise (coedited with Michael Wyschogrod) and, most recently, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity.

Over the past few decades, many theologians and church leaders in mainline Protestant churches have sought to overturn Christian supersessionism—overturn, that is, the tradition of believing that God’s covenant with the Jews has been superseded by the work of Christ, thereby rendering the faith of Jews either irrelevant or pernicious. How do you judge the importance of that movement for Christian theology?

It’s important because it’s about what we think redemption in Christ looks like. Does redemption mean that Christ gives us the favored place at God’s table while kicking some other poor wretch out into the street? Or does Christ’s table have room for old-timers and newcomers alike? The truth is Christians have mostly operated out of the first picture in our relationship with Jews. That’s done damage to Jews, of course, but it’s also distorted who we are as the church. Supersessionism is like a submerged resentment toward our nearest kin that infects all our social relationships. That’s why I think the work of overcoming supersessionism is so important. And by the way, it’s not only mainstream Protestants who have been doing it. It’s Catholics and evangelicals, too.

By Lyndon Orinion on Monday, June 24, 2013 12:37 PM
WASHINGTON, DC — In 2009, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary launched the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory™ (LPLI), a 360-degree leadership assessment instrument created especially for pastoral leaders in congregational ministry. Over the past four years, the LPLI has become a premier instrument for helping pastors receive the feedback they need to grow and improve as leaders. Approximately 2,000 pastors serving many different denominations have participated in the program. In naming 75 specific criteria of effectiveness in ministry, the LPLI has provided a language and framework for understanding and communicating about fruitfulness in ministry in objective and meaningful ways.

When leaders in the Central Territory of The Salvation Army sought a feedback tool to help their officers grow in ministry, they turned to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. They brought a particular challenge because, in addition to performing...
By Lyndon Orinion on Friday, June 14, 2013 8:31 AM

Wesley Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of two new faculty members who will begin their tenure at Wesley during the 2013-14 academic year. Paul Kang-Kul Cho will serve as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Reverend Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. will serve as the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Urban Ministry at Wesley, funded in part by the Foundation for Evangelism as an E. Stanley Jones professorship in evangelism.

By Lyndon Orinion on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9:18 PM
Rev. Tom Berlin, chair of Wesley Seminary’s Board of Governors and pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, VA is currently in Bo, Sierra Leone, Africa leading a Volunteer in Mission trip composed of college students from four United Methodist Churches.  Since 2000, Floris UMC has supported a children's home, the Child Rescue Centre, that cares for children rescued from child labor.  Mercy Hospital and an adjacent research lab are on the same compound.  His team is enjoying time with the children, working on repair and maintenance projects each day and participating in maternal health clinics held by Mercy in the outlying villages near Bo.  Follow Rev. Berlin’s adventures through his blog at

Today Rev. Berlin and Floris UMC are part of a 14 church partnership that works in cooperation with Bishop John Yambasu and the Sierra Leone Annual Conference.  You can find more information about this work at

By Lyndon Orinion on Monday, June 3, 2013 2:49 PM
The Course of Study School will soon begin drawing Local Licensed Pastors from the North East Jurisdiction and beyond to the Wesley campus.

The Course of Study School is a program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Seven United Methodist seminaries host residential regional schools each summer to help licensed local pastors fulfill their disciplinary requirement for education.  Part-time local pastors are also given the opportunity to attend geographically placed extension schools.  Wesley’s program is entering its sixty-third year and includes a mix of spiritual practice, classroom learning and fellowship.

The summer schedule for the July Intensive program:

Term One: July 8 – July 18, 2013 Term Two: July 22 – August 1, 2013 On Wednesday July 31, 2013 at 7pm we will hold a graduation service at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow at the church.

Weekend Course of Study

By Lyndon Orinion on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:53 PM

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” - Luke 10:27

Rebecca Cole has a passion for living out Jesus’ commandment to love the Lord and her neighbor. Three years ago, this passion led her to move from California to Washington, D.C., to study as an Urban Fellow at Wesley. This month, Cole will graduate with her Master of Divinity degree and dedicate herself to a ministry of justice and community engagement.

By Lyndon Orinion on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:49 PM

Throughout this school year, Wesley invited the public in for a discussion series that offered a taste of the exciting theological growth that happens in seminary classes. This series, the Second Monday events, offered a light breakfast and deep theological questions. 

By Lyndon Orinion on Monday, April 29, 2013 3:41 PM

Wesley Theological Seminary’s Board of Governors and President are pleased to announce the selection of The Rev. Dr. Robert Martin as Dean of the Seminary.

By Lyndon Orinion on Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:10 AM
When a building, like Wesley’s new residence hall, is built using the tilt-up construction method, the concrete elements like walls, columns and structural supports are formed horizontally on a concrete slab. After the concrete has cured, the elements are "tilted" to vertical position with a crane and braced into position until the remaining structural components such as roofs, floors and walls are secured. Tilt-up differs from prefabrication in that all elements are constructed on the job site. This eliminates the size limitation imposed by transporting elements from a factory to the project site.

To view recent photos of the tilt-wall construction on Wesley's new residence hall, visit To watch the dorm construction in real time, visit The video...
By Lyndon Orinion on Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:10 AM
Sean Devolites has a strong desire to serve God in whatever capacity he is called to pursue. “My desire to learn more about my faith and God, as well as my desire to share this faith as much as possible through my actions and relationships, has led me to seminary.  I'm not quite sure where I want to work yet, but I know that I want to be able to serve God wherever it is I go,” Sean said.

Originally from Northern Virginia, Sean is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Wesley and is the recipient of a Bishop’s Scholarship. “The scholarship has impacted my ability to do graduate work simply because it has meant that I could afford to do it. Being one year removed from college I didn't have much money in savings, and the scholarship has meant that I am able to continue to pursue my studies here at Wesley. I had thought a lot about entering...

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