Dual history awards go to U.S., German ministers
By United Methodist News ServiceAn
agency of the United Methodist Church has, for the first time, awarded
dual first prizes to assist in publication of a non-English-language
manuscript and an English manuscript related to the history of
The denomination's Commission on Archives and History,
with headquarters at Drew University in Madison, N.J., has announced
two Jesse Lee Prizes for 2003. Last fall, the commission received its
first non-English book-length manuscript. Fortunately, the commission's
selection committee included a member from Germany who had credentials
comparable with those of the judges of the English-language entries.
Wilhelm Burkhardt, a pastor in the deaconess hospital Martha-Maria in
Munich, has been awarded $2,000 to help defray costs of publishing his
manuscript. It will be published in German, but the English translation
of the title is Christoph Gottlob Mueller and the Rise of Methodism in
Burkhardt has been a United Methodist pastor for 10
years and completed his doctoral work and some post-doctoral study in
2002 at the Lutheran Faculty, Ludwig-Maximillians University of Munich.
His doctorate, which dealt with pietism, was awarded "magna cum laude."
Burkhardt's undergraduate degree was in music, and some of his several
publications in Germany on Methodism and church history reflect this
interest, including one on Charles Wesley and one on Methodist
David Hampton is the English-language winner and has
been awarded $2,000 toward publication of An Empire of the Spirit: The
Rise of Methodism in the North Atlantic Region, 1730-1860. He is a
professor of church history at United Methodist-related Boston
A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Hampton is
a former professor of modern history and director of the School of
History in the Queen's University of Belfast. He has also served as
chairman of the Wiles Trust, founded in 1951 by Sir Herbert Butterfield
to promote innovative thinking on the history of civilization, broadly
Hampton is the author of more than 50 books and
articles, including Methodism and Politics in British Society 1750-1890,
for which he was awarded the Whitfield prize of the Royal Historical
Society; Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland: From the
Glorious Revolution to the Decline of the Empire; and The Religion of
the People: Methodism and Popular Religion c. 1750-1900.
He was a
visiting scholar at St. John's College Oxford and has delivered several
sets of endowed lectures, including the Cadbury Lectures at the
University of Birmingham in 1994 and the F.D. Maurice Lectures at King's
College London in 2000.
The awards are named for the Rev. Jesse Lee, who wrote the first history of American Methodism, published in 1810.
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