‘Discerning the Spirit in the Mission of the Church.’
What is the Samuel Chadwick Centre?
- It aspires to be a spiritual home for all things related to the renewal of Methodism, including the hosting of occasional conferences and short courses on specific themes.
- It is an academic research centre that gathers and disseminates the fruits of research in pneumatology with particular reference to the Wesleyan, Pentecostal and charismatic traditions. This it is currently doing via its annual lecture series held each year on or around the anniversary of Chadwick's death (16th October).
Annual Samuel Chadwick lectures
The Centre was launched at Cliff Festival in May 2018 and the inaugural lecture was given in the October of that year by Revd Canon Dr Howard Mellor and was called ‘Samuel Chadwick: Energised by the Spirit.’ This has since been followed by three further annual lectures: Stuart Bell (2019), Rev’d Ashley Cooper (2020), and Dr Keith Warrington (2021). All four lectures, plus the 2019 Fernley-Hartley lecture which was held jointly with the Samuel Chadwick lecture that year, can be found on Youtube here.
Our fifth Samuel Chadwick Lecture will take place on Monday 17 October 2022. The title will be 'The Holy Spirit, Christian Unity, and Church Union: A Challenge from Samuel Chadwick,’ which will be delivered by Dr James Pedlar of Tyndale University, Toronto, with a response from our very own Rev'd Dr George Bailey, the Co-Director of the Centre. Both scholars bring significant insight into the thinking of Cliff College's most famous principal: Rev'd Samuel Chadwick.
This year, the lecture will be a wholly online event, owing to our keynote speaker's location, and will be held in the afternoon at 2pm in order to account for the time difference.