Wesley House, since 1921, the Methodist College in Cambridge, is opening its doors to the international Wesleyan/Methodist community from October 2015. Embedded in the University of Cambridge and a founder member of the Cambridge Theological Federation, Wesley House is located in the heart of the medieval city with access to world class resources for theological study and research.
With courses to suit undergraduates looking for a short term global experience, MDiv students looking for a year abroad, or those looking to register for a full degree or research programme, Wesley House is offering some exciting learning opportunities alongside the chance to live in a community of prayer and study for students and scholars in the Wesleyan tradition.
The Chair of the Trustees, Prof Judith Lieu writes:
Our vision is to resource visiting scholars, associate faculty and registered students for a thoughtful and transformative influence in the churches and cultures from which they come, whether as theological educators or as visionary church leaders or by collaboratively developing theological responses to the problems facing our world.
If you are looking for a unique study environment in an ancient university city where mature students, faculty and scholars of Wesleyan perspective pray together and share their theological vision, then Wesley House may be for you.
Applications are now invited for courses for 2014-15 and for 2015-16. Some bursaries and scholarships are available and all the details are available on the college website: www.wesley.cam.ac.uk. For the personal touch, contact Dr Cindy Wesley, the Director of Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although Wesley House has always attracted some international students and has some now famous alumni, it is now concentrating on building a cross cultural community that can serve the global Methodist Church.
The Revd Dr John Barrett (former President of the World Methodist Council) is a Trustee and member of the Global Advisory Board of the college. He writes:
Wesley House has many distinguished alumni across the world spanning several generations. In addition to those who have served the British Methodist Conference with distinction, key international Methodist alumni include, Mvume Dandala, currently President of Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary in Pietermaritzberg, and Joseph Ntombura, newly the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Kenya. In my own time at Wesley House I was privileged to study alongside students from other cultures and contexts with whom I have retained working relationships all my life, amongst them Professor Robert Gribben, Emeritus Professor of Worship and Mission, Centre for Theology and Ministry, Melbourne and Dr Roger Ireson, the now retired General Secretary, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the United Methodist Church in the USA. My hope for the future is that international friendships will be forged at Wesley House which will help to sustain a Wesleyan conversation across the world which is both scholarly and transformative for local churches and communities.”
In order to accommodate students and visiting scholars from all over the world the eastern part of the site is being redeveloped to provide state of the art facilities.
The eastern end of the site will be redeveloped by Wesley House to include a new gatehouse building, new student accommodations and to improve the existing chapel.
- A new academic gatehouse building will replace the existing 1970s gatehouse. This will house the new library, archive facilities, teaching rooms, dining room and bursary. The building will be wheelchair accessible and include wi-fi access and a reception area for visitors.
- Fifteen new student units will be built onto the north east corner of the site on the old Principal’s garden. This will also involve the building of a new staircase to service the student accommodation. The other 13 student rooms/flats will be refurbished to modern standards, with ensuite facilities, wi-fi access and new purpose-built shared kitchen/dining rooms on each floor to promote community life.
- The Principal’s Lodge and the Chapel will remain much as they are with upgrades to services.