After my seminar in “Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Religion,” I will be driving straight to the airport to fly to Los Angeles, CA for the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. WTS was the first conference that I attended and has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts. This year the conference is being held at Azusa Pacific University.
Saturday, I will be presenting a paper on the antecedents of the early Methodist band meeting called, “Forerunners of the Early Methodist Band Meeting.” In the paper I attempt to map out the background of the early Methodist bands. The short version is that I think the Methodist bands show both important Pietist and Anglican emphases.
Aside from presenting a paper, I am looking forward to seeing several friends who live across the country and I do not get to see often enough. I even hope there will be a gathering of Methodist bloggers , even if it is only between myself and Andrew Thompson! And finally, I am looking forward to my first trip to California. As of this moment, I have not been farther West than the Grand Canyon. Next time you hear from me, my horizons will have broadened… I can already hear Governor Schwarzenegger: “Welcome to California!”
Brandon Blacksten said:
Hm maybe I can get Dr Meeks to let me tag along…
The West is Best! Enjoy! Let me know if you’d like any eating or entertainment recommendations! I’d love to live and eat vicariously. It’s been too long since I’ve been back “home.” Say hi to Andrew for me, and i hope your presentation goes well!
gary holdeman said:
Kevin; if you see Dr. Ken Collins or Dr. Don Thorsen say hello for me. We were in Seminary together. Don lived in an apartment below us and Ken and I were on the Paint crew together in the summers. Got to have lunch with Ken last year at my Asbury visit. Have a great time!
Steve Manskar said:
I’m looking forward to seeing you and Andrew this week.
David Player said:
Hope you have a great trip and wonderful fellowship.
Azusa Pacific University-is this school connected to the Revival at the turn of the 20th centuary?
Kevin Watson said:
Brandon – It would be great to see you, maybe you could fit in his suitcase…
Nathan – I don’t think I will have much free time, but if you know of any places I must eat that are close to Azusa Pacific, please pass them along. I will say hi to Andrew, and thanks for the kind words.
Gary – I will pass on your greetings to Don and Ken.
Steve – I am thrilled to hear that you will be at WTS again this year! See you soon.
Kevin Watson said:
Dave – You can read about APU’s history here: http://www.apu.edu/about/history/
Nathan Mattox said:
May I answer Dave on your own post, Kevin? What many people think of as the “Tipping Point” that birthed the modern Pentecostal movement were the revivals held on Azusa street in downtown Los Angeles. Azusa is about 25 miles to the east of downtown.
I hope to run into you at the conference. I’ll be there presenting and hanging out on Friday. Hopefully I will get back there on Saturday for your paper. I’m unfortunately in midterms, so scheduling is a bit of a mess right now.
…whoa… did this already happen?
Dang… I would’ve drove out to Azusa Pacific to see you… boo.