The world Methodist community now numbers over 75 million people in more than 130 countries. The story of Methodism is fascinating and multi-faceted because there are so many distinct traditions within it, some stemming directly from Britain and some arising in the United States. In this book, the authors address the issue of what holds all Methodists together and examine the strengths and diversity of an influential major form of Christian life and witness. They look at the ways in which Methodism has become established throughout the world, examining historical and theological developments, and patterns of worship and spirituality, in their various cultural contexts. The book reflects both the lasting contributions of John and Charles Wesley, and the on-going contribution of Methodism to the ecumenical movement and inter-religious relations. It offers both analysis and abundant resources for further study.
Kenneth Cracknell is Professor of Theology and Global Studies at the Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas, and was previously President of the Cambridge Theological Federation, UK. Susan J. White is Alberta H. and Harold L. Lunger Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. Her special expertise is in liturgy and worship.
1. The beginning of world Methodism: John Wesley and his movement; 2. The British Methodist tradition after John Wesley; 3. Methodist in North America; 4. World Methodism at the beginning of the twenty-first century; 5. Methodist theology; 6. The common life of Methodism; 7. Methodist spirituality; 8. Methodist worship; 9. Methodist social ethics; 10. Methodism's ecumenical and interfaith commitments.