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The Continuing Methodist Legacy 1977-2014

O'Brien, Glen and Emilsen, William W. (2015) The Continuing Methodist Legacy 1977-2014. In: Methodism in Australia: A History. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VA, pp. 257-272. ISBN 978-1472429483

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Though the Methodist Church of Australasia merged with Presbyterians and Congregationalists in 1977 to form the Uniting Church, there remains a continuing legacy of Methodism in Australia. The Uniting Church itself remains a member of the World Methodist Council (as well as of the World Communion of Reformed Churches) and the influence of its Methodist DNA continues to be felt (even if, for some, it is something of a recessive gene). There also exist in Australia three other member churches of the World Methodist Council – the Chinese Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene and the Wesleyan Methodist Church – as well as numerous immigrant churches of Methodist heritage and a number of smaller Methodists groupings, such as the Bible Methodists, with no formal ecumenical engagement. This chapter describes the ongoing influence of the Methodist ethos in the Uniting Church, and provides a survey of the other member churches of the World Methodist Council and their contribution to the continuing Methodist presence in Australia.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: History of Methodism, History of Australian Methodism, Australian religious history
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: SABC: Salvation Army Booth College
Depositing User: Rev Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 03:03
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 03:03
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1958

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