Dear WesleyNexus Colleague:

This month there are a number of events and articles that I want to draw to your attention.  As we
move through Lent towards Palm Sunday, through the passion of Holy Week to the celebration of
Easter, I hope you take some time to reflect on what this holy season means in a world of Higgs
bosons, polar vortexes and neurological correlates of consciousness.  Now is the time to engage anew
the meaning for faith in the postmodern world.  As Albert Schweitzer proclaimed so profoundly at the
end of The Quest for the Historical Jesus over one hundred years ago:

“He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside, He came to those men
who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: "Follow thou me!" and sets us to the tasks
which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be
wise or simple, He will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass
through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience
Who He is.”

You may email us at WesleyNexus@aol.com.  I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter.  

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God Bless,

Rick Barr, WesleyNexus  

Upcoming Events


Jesus Seminar Program in DC

On April 4 and 5, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a two day seminar Jesus
on the Road (JSOR) with leadership by Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Th. D. and Robert J. Miller, Ph.
D. "Jesus in the First and Twenty-First Centuries" reflects on what the rediscovery of the historical
Jesus and his vision of the reign of God mean for the heirs of the Christian tradition and if this Jesus
have has any relevance for people who claim no allegiance to Christianity. The presenters, member of
the Jesus Seminar and the Westar Institute, will offer their insights and engage in discussion about the
relationship of Christianity to contemporary politics, economics, and global power. A paid registration
is required to participate. To register on-line, go to
http://www.westarinstitute.org/events/washington-
dc/
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Th.D., Harvard University, is Associate Professor of New Testament and
Early Christianity at Drew University Theological School and Robert J. Miller, Ph.D., Claremont
Graduate School, is Professor of Religious Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. A Fellow of the
Jesus Seminar since 1986, he was Scholar-in-Residence at Westar Institute in 2001.

Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference Breakfast in Baltimore

WesleyNexus will host a “special meal” for informal discussion at the Baltimore-Washington Annual
Conference May 29-31, 2014 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. All clergy and lay
members of the Annual Conference are welcome to attend to learn more about the opportunities for
participating in the science and religion dialogue. It is IMPORTANT to register for this special meal –
breakfast on Friday May 30 – at the time that you register for Annual Conference. All you have to do
is purchase the meal plan, or buy this one particular meal, when you register. Your meal ticket for
breakfast can then be used to attend this informal discussion with members of the WesleyNexus Board
of Directors. Those clergy persons who might have a conflict might want to have their lay delegate
register for this event to gain perspective and information on forthcoming programs sponsored by
WesleyNexus. Our purpose, as is the case consistent with our mission, is to bring the best thinking in
sound science and contemporary theology together in a way that informs all “thinking Christians.”
Most especially we encourage young people to attend. Registration is available on-line at
www.
bwcumc.org.

Azuza Pacific Program: Science and Religion Dialog in Los Angeles

George L. Murphy, physicist and theologian,
will present “The Science-Religion Dialog as
if Jesus’ Life and Teachings Matter.”  Murphy
is a Lutheran pastor who has served in Lutheran
and Episcopal congregations. He has a doctorate
in physics from Johns Hopkins University, and
before ordination conducted research and taught
in colleges for 12 years. He has contributed
extensively to science-religion discussions with
numerous publications and talks, and leadership of workshops for clergy and laypeople. The most
recent of his six books is Models of Atonement: Speaking about Salvation in a Scientific World (2013).
Murphy is the theology editor of Covalence, the online publication of the Lutheran Alliance for Faith,
Science and Technology.  The event will take place on April 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Azuza Pacific
University, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702. Information can be found
here.     

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Dr. Ard Louis will present a seminar “Contingency,
Convergence and Hyper-astronomical Numbers
in Biological Evolution” on April 29, 2014 in the
Garden Room of the Library Building, St. Edmunds
College, Cambridge.  Dr. Louis is a Royal Society
University Research Fellow and a Reader in
Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford,
where he leads an interdisciplinary research group
studying problems on the border between chemistry, physics and biology. Prior to Oxford he taught
Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University where he was also director of studies in Natural
Sciences at Hughes Hall. Dr. Louis is the International Secretary for Christians in Science and an
associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion based at St. Edmunds College, University
of Cambridge, and served on the Advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation.  Though you
may not be able to make a trip to England, prior programs by Dr. Louis can be found on the Faraday
website at
http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Multimedia.php.  

Blue Like Jazz and Green Like Wesley

Blue Like Jazz was a bestselling book by Donald
Miller a few years ago that made quite a splash
among for those within the emerging church
movement dissatisfied with the institutional church.  
In this article, Rev. Jane Ellen Nickell, Ph.D. chaplain
at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania partners Miller’s
book with her discovery of John Wesley and the
Methodist movement.  As she states, “Methodism
was a renewal movement within the Church of England, organized into small groups of societies,
classes, and bands. These groups sought to nurture the righteousness that Wesley found lacking in the
larger church… ultimately what Wesley and other religious traditions offer is an alternative value
system to the industrial consumer-driven model – one that is rooted in relationships with other people,
the world around us, and God. “Be in charity with all,” Wesley writes, and “let justice, mercy, and
truth govern.” His words and his life can inspire us to follow in the way of simplicity and generosity.”  
What is pointed at in Blue Like Jazz is answered in the Wesleyan approach to Christian life.   You can
find the article
here.  http://www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org/blue-like-jazz-and-green-like-wesley-
becoming-a-wesleyan-christian.html  

A Lenten Meditation from Aaron Klinefelter

A Lenten Meditation: In the midst of the liminal,
or What do a hawk, pigeon, and goose have to
teach us?  Contemplating the wild goose,
a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit
here.

Photo Essay of Nature by Tom Oord

As many of you know, Dr. Tom Oord is a wonderful photographer snapping the breathtaking and
sublime of natures glory in and around his home state of Idaho.  In the link that follows, Dr. Oord
provides images of his beloved land in winter.  Take some time and enjoy
here.  
March 31, 2014