International Methodist Delegation to visit and present at UME

Are you interested in the evolving and changing world for people, and how the church is central to the change itself?

UME, based at North Parramatta is thrilled to be hosting international delegates of the Methodist Church, Dr. Jehu Hanciles, Rev. Dr. L. Wesley de Souza, Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman and Rev. Dr. Robert Haynes on Tuesday 8 August.

Join members of the Uniting Church, UME staff and congregation community members for a morning of discussion and exploration.

The World Methodist delegation will be lead the discussion on “The Future of Local Mission” in an era of global mass migration and climate change.  As peoples of all nations and cultures are moving across continents in unprecedented numbers, World Methodism has engaged afresh with that world and with holistic mission.  Hear how they are achieving fresh engagements at a local, regional, state and national level.

Uniting Church congregations are often caught in these changes locally, and are deeply uncertain how to meet them.

The morning tea on Tuesday 8 August, followed by 90 minute seminar and a workshop (free of charge) will give presenters, participants and interested attendees the chance to discuss and collectively share views on this evolving world.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend, with registration essential.

Invitation: All interested in new expressions of church, contemporary church issues, multi-cultural mission and cross-cultural mission.
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017, 10.15 – 1pm
Venue: Uniting Mission & Education, located at The Centre For Ministry, 16 Masons Rd, North Parramatta
Program:  Complimentary Morning tea 10.15-10.45am, followed by Colloquium (seminar/discussion) from 10.45 am – 1.00pm. Guests are welcome to continue the discussion throughout lunch for $25 per person, 1pm – 2.30pm
Cost: Free of charge, morning tea and colloquium.  Lunch cost is $25pp
Register: By Wednesday 1 August 2017 – online HERE. Numbers are limited.  Enquiries to 8838 8912 or


Dr. Jehu Hanciles
Professor, Candler School of Theology , formerly Associate Professor of History of Christianity and Globalization, Fuller Theological Seminary.  Author 2008 Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration and the Transformation of the West. PhD, University of Edinburgh, 1995, MTh, University of Edinburgh, 1991, BA, University of Sierra Leone, 1988.
Dr. Jehu H. Hanciles has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and the United States and been a visiting professor at schools around the world. Before coming to Candler in 2012, Hanciles was associate professor of the History of Christianity and Globalization, and director of the Centre for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Hanciles’ current research surveys the history of global Christian expansion through the lens of migration. He has written and published on issues related to the history of Christianity (notably the African experience) and globalization, including two books, Euthanasia of a Mission: African Church Autonomy in a Colonial Context (Praeger, 2002) and Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration and the Transformation of the West (Orbis Books, 2009), and countless articles. His article “The Future of Missiology as a Discipline” was one of the top ten most read articles in Missiology in 2015. He serves as associate editor of Missiology, one of the premier scholarly journals of mission studies, and on the editorial advisory committee for Baylor University Press’s Studies in World Christianity

Rev. Dr. L. Wesley de Souza

Dr. L. Wesley de Souza (pictured above, image credit UM Collegiate Ministry) started a new role as Director of our WME Institute on July 1, 2017. PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary, 2003 ThM, Asbury Theological Seminary, 2000 BTh, Methodist University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), 1982.
Wesley teaches in the areas of theology, leadership, mission and evangelism, spirituality, and church revitalization at Candler, where he has been a faculty member since 2005. He was instrumental in developing the new course Religion, Culture, Society, and Mission in Latin America, a real-time, long distance class between Candler and the school of theology at Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil.
He is also the coordinator of the Formation and Witness concentration as part of the Master of Divinity degree program, a member of the International Studies Committee, an instructor with the Course of Study School at Emory and serves as faculty advisor for the Candler Society for Multiracial Congregations and the Candler International Students Society.
Dr de Souza’s research focuses on contextualization of the Gospel, renewal and revitalization of the church, classical Pentecostalism and Pan-Wesleyanism in Latin America. He has contributed to numerous books and scholarly publications, and serves on the editorial advisory boards for The Asbury Journal and Caminhando magazine.
When he’s not teaching, researching, writing, or serving Candler directly, Wesley is busy with ministry in the community. In 2011, he and his wife, Vanice, along with a few friends, were instrumental in starting Communitàs, a new, vibrant UMC congregation in the Metro Atlanta area for Lusophones, particularly Brazilians of the diaspora.  The community consists of people who live in Alpharetta, Cumming, Marietta, Milton, Roswell (where they meet regularly), Suwanee, and Woodstock.  Under his mentorship, Wesley reports that, “Experiencing a full measure of missional enthusiasm, Communitàs has developed and practiced creative approaches and forms of ministries to serve participants, new comers and the community at large, making ‘disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,’ and helping them find as immigrants (both documented and undocumented) their common humanity in God, who was in Christ reconciling the world to Godself.”

Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman was appointed  the Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism in 2014, a ministry that brings the global Methodist/Wesleyan family of Christians together around the work of multiplying witnesses for Jesus Christ.
An author, pastor, teacher and theologian, Kim is a frequent speaker, focusing on evangelism, spiritual formation, women’s ministries, leadership development and the intersection between faith and culture. She is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has written numerous books, most recently, The Christ-Cantered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (2013, Abingdon Press).  Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kim lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Kim serves on the World Methodist Council Steering Committee, is a senior Harry Denman fellow, and an Adjunct Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Rev. Dr. Robert Haynes
Rev. Dr. Robert Haynes is a new staff person of World Methodist Evangelism. Associate Director, Education & Leadership Development,  Dr. Rob Haynes is a writer, speaker, teacher, pastor, theologian, and missiologist. His work focuses upon local and global mission and evangelism, forming disciples for missional service, and leadership development in new and existing church communities. He has a keen interest in fostering new spaces for conversations of faith and culture.
Since 1996, he has served as a teacher and a pastor. He is a seasoned mission leader and continues to research the short-term mission movement. This experience and research is leading to new ways of engaging in mission and evangelism. Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Rob lived in both Ohio and Kentucky until moving to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1991. He completed a BSci in education at the University of South Alabama, an MA in biblical and theological studies at the University of Mobile, his seminary training at Asbury Theological Seminary, and a PhD in theology at Durham University in Durham, England.
He is a senior John Wesley Fellow and senior Harry Denman Fellow. In addition to his work with World Methodist Evangelism, Rob pastors in the Alabama/West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Rob’s passion is to help individuals and churches join discipleship with witness, mission with evangelism, and personal with social holiness.

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