This summer, PLNU will be hosting a record-breaking amount of 5 visiting summer scholars, 3 of which are our own alums! They will delve into their specified areas of research and you might be able to spot them around the Wesleyan Center, which will open its facilities and resources to provide for any and all of their needs. During their stay, scholars will also be given residential facilities and complete access to PLNU’s Library and Archives. We are pleased to welcome them and introduce the five visiting summer scholars of 2014!




Lindsay Morgan (‘01)

A senior health analyst and wLMorganriter, Morgan spent nearly a decade of her professional career in global development. She has reported for the World Bank from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Liberia; and worked with the Center for Global Development, a Washington, D.C.-based policy think tank.

Morgan’s research at PLNU centers on the rationales and mechanisms for participating in the fight against global poverty by exploring the links between John Wesley’s ideas about transformation and salvation, and parallel ideas in the global development sector today, she said. “I want to suggest that Wesley’s belief about the inextricably tight links between personal salvation and engagement with the wider world, particularly with people who are poor, has implications for PLNU.” Specializing in strategic evaluations of donor-supported health programs in low-income countries, she has led or supported studies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, and Mozambique.


Rustin (Rusty) Brian (‘02)

RBrianPastor and scholar Rustin (Rusty) Brian will be taking advantage of the fact that PLNU’s Archives house one of North America’s finest collections of literature relating to Jacob Arminius. He is completing a project of introductory work on Arminius, which will be published by T&T Clark in early 2015. Brian first became interested in the theologian after completing his dissertation. “I knew very little about Arminius, despite being a pastor and a theologian trained in the so-called Wesleyan-Arminian tradition,” he said. Once he began his research, Brian realized there was a severe lack of well-written, simple and informative introductory writings on Arminius’ life and theology. So, he went for it. “I’m hoping to provide something that is accessible, informative and helpful for pastors primarily, but also for students of theology and Church history,” he said. “Now I’ve just got to finish it!”

Brian has served in a variety of pastoral roles and taught as an adjunct professor of theology at several places, including Northwest Nazarene University. Brian earned a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2005 and a Ph.D. in theology & ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2011. He is the author of several articles, chapters and book reviews, including Covering Up Luther: How Barth’s Christology Challenged the Deus Absconditus That Haunts Modernity (Cascade, 2013).


Xochitl Alvizo

XAlvizoAlvizo is a Ph.D. candidate in practical theology at Boston University School of Theology and will be working on her dissertation this summer at PLNU. Her project focuses on qualitative research with 12 emerging church congregations across the U.S. and a feminist analysis and exploration of the emerging churches’ potential to be post-patriarchal. Alvizo’s ongoing research questions center on how congregations understand themselves to be church and how they embody church in today’s contemporary culture. “As a result, I bring the developing ecclesiology of the emerging church movement in critical dialogue with the work and insight of feminist theology, as well as other normative sources from the Christian tradition,” she said. “[This is] in order to contribute to the constructive ecclesiological work of having the church be an increasingly more faithful embodiment of Christ in ways that are just and liberative for all.” Alvizo has completed a chapter in the forthcoming anthology Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century entitled “Being Undone by the Other: Feminisms, Blogs, and Critique,” and finds teaching in the academy and participating in congregational life to be central to her vocation and to how she sees herself contributing to her communities.


Peter ForsaithPForsaith

Forsaith researches, writes and publishes chiefly on aspects of religion, culture and society in 18th-century Britain. He has researched areas of Methodist-related history for more than 25 years and lectured in Britain and the U.S. Through many connections, Forsaith’s research developed to the extent it is today. “I became interested in an Anglican clergyman, John Fletcher, who was linked to the Wesleys, and found that his surviving correspondence had not been adequately studied,” he said. While at PLNU, Forsaith plans to review and edit existing text for a proposed publication, “John Wesley: image, identity and institution’; transcribe towards publication the 1769 ms. Journal of Thomas Parson, a Bath stone carver (Huntington library ms. HM 62593); spend 2 days in July at the Huntington checking the transcript; and commence drafting of a possible publication on the contextual roots of early Methodism.

Forsaith is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, member of the Society of Archivists and serves on various Methodist history-related bodies. He has responsibility for the Centre’s Methodist-related archive holdings, the Wesley Historical Society library, and art collections, including the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Art. Other interests and hobbies include antiques; cooking; motorcycling; reading and swimming.


Kenneth Oakes (’02)

Oakes, a postdoctoral scholarKOakes at the University of Notre Dame and former postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen, completed his Ph.D. in theology at the University of Aberdeen. While at PLNU as a Wesleyan Center summer scholar, he will be editing a volume of conference papers entitled, Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity, as well as writing a book chapter on Henri de Lubac and Protestant theology.

Oakes is the author of Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy (2012) and Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to the Epistle to the Romans (2011); co-author of Illuminating Faith: An Invitation to Theology; editor of Captive to Christ, Open to the World: On Doing Christian Ethics in Public; and his articles and reviews have appeared in Modern Theology, The Thomist, the Wesleyan Theological Journal and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. A proud and grateful alumnus of PLNU, he is looking forward to returning to campus this summer.

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