In April, representatives from five continents gathered in Cambridge to help Wesley House think strategically about its global future. Hopes were expressed for the future of Wesley House within the global Methodist family as:
- a visible centre for the intellectual life of the church
- a gathering place for scholars, students from around the world and addressing urgent contextual issues of religious and public life
- a college of effective practitioners
- a conserver and interpreter of the historic Wesleyan tradition of evangelical intelligence and social piety
There was lively and practical discussion about how these dreams might be realized through:
- Degree programmes offered through the college
- The intentional community life of the college
- Themed short courses for lay Christians wrestling with theological issues in business, medicine, finance and other professions
- Publications, seminars and the journal, Holiness.
The President of the British Methodist Conference gives thanks
At a formal dinner in the middle of the residential meeting, the President of the Conference, The Revd Kenneth Howcroft, spoke of the importance of gratitude for graces received and for the generous participation of scholars and church leaders from around the world in the ongoing development of Wesley House for a global future. Other guests included The Revd Dr Brian Beck (Honorary Fellow); Prof Morna Hooker-Stacey (Honorary Fellow); The Revd Gareth Powell (Honorary Fellow and the nominated next Secretary of the British Methodist Conference); Prof Simon Lee (Executive Director of the Cambridge Theological Federation) and The Revd Dr Ian McIntosh (President of the Cambridge Theological Federation).