|Archives and History recognizes Methodist research|
June 16, 2008 | MADISON, N.J. (UMNS)
Grants and awards encouraging writing and research on topics related
to the history of Methodism have been announced for 2008 by the United
Methodist Commission on Archives and History.
The annual grants allow the commission "to support scholarly research
and help to ensure that neglected areas of study will receive the
attention they deserve," said the Rev. Robert J. Williams, the
commission’s chief executive. "The mission of the contemporary church is
weakened when the strength of our forbearers is not taught to future
The recipients of the Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American United
Methodist History Research Grant are Hannah Kim, a Ph.D. candidate at
the University of Delaware and instructor at Rowan University,
Glassboro, N.J., and Tash Smith, a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching
assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
The Rev. Robert J. Williams
Kim’s project examines five key "moments" in Korean and American ethnic
relations spanning a period between the 1880s and the 1980s. Smith’s
research will focus on the establishment of Methodist churches within
Oklahoma’s Native American communities. Both received $1,000 grants.
Two recipients were named for the John Harrison Ness Award recognizing
the best papers on a topic in the history of Methodism by a Master of
Divinity candidate. First place, a $500 grant, went to Tom Lank for a
paper titled "Poetic Sideshadowings of Fundamentalism in Southern
Methodism, 1865-1866." Lank is a student of Kenneth Rowe at Princeton
The $300 second-place award was given to David Vaughn for his paper
"Holistic Visioning: Health and Health Care in Early Methodism." He is a
student of Richard Heitzenrater at the Divinity School, Duke
Two scholars each received $1,000 for the Women in United Methodist
History Research Grants. One grant was awarded to Lisa J. Shaver,
assistant professor in the English Department at Baylor University, for
research about antebellum women’s rhetorical development within the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
"The mission of the contemporary church is weakened when the strength of our forbearers is not taught to future generations." The
other recipient was Rachel Cope, a Ph.D. candidate in American History
at Syracuse University, who is writing about 19th-century female
religious experiences, particularly in relation to revival movements.
–The Rev. Robert J. Williams
The Women in United Methodist History Writing Award was granted to two
papers. One was written by the Rev. Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of
theology and assistant director of women’s studies at Seattle Pacific
University and titled "A 'Thirty Year War' and More: Exposing
Complexities in the Methodist Deaconess Movement."
The other paper was written by Pearl Young, an undergraduate history and
physics major at Emory University, Atlanta, and titled "Genius
Uncultivated is like a meteor of the night: Motives and Experiences of
Methodist Female College Life in the Confederate States of America."
Both women received a $500 grant.
More information about the awards is available at http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.3526373.
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