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Profiles in Faith: Susanna Wesley

During the year 2003 when Christians all over the world are celebrating the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Wesley, attention is also being given to his remarkable mother, Susanna Annesley Wesley. As women in our century have turned their attention to notable females as role models, Protestants have recognized Susanna Wesley as one of the greatest women in Christ as well as the Mother of Methodism.
Susanna faithfully tried to live within the confines of the domestic sphere prescribed for women of her time, but she also succeeded in making a mark in history not only through her two sons, John and Charles Wesley, but also for the bold things she attempted as a woman. Despite the limitations on women in her day, Susanna exercised an independence of conscience as she followed the truths of Scripture, served in a pastoral role while yet a housewife, and wrote as a lay theologian and guide to members of her family. . .

Arthur Dicken Thomas

Arthur Dicken Thomas, is a professor of Christian Spirituality at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and adjunct faculty in Spirituality at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Art received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.A. from Wesley Theological Seminary, Th.M. and Ph.D. in church history from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. His publications include The Second Great Awakening in Virginia, Slavery Reform, Early Churches of Culpeper County, Virginia and about forty-five articles.

 

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