'Wesleyan Live!' returns with new instructor


Nebraska Wesleyan University begins a new season of “Wesleyan Live!” with a new instructor. 

The Rev. Jonathan Redding, visiting assistant professor of religion, will take over the lectionary Lenten Bible study for the Rev. Dr. Robert Jewett, a theologian who is retiring from the program. 
Redding is a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University and has a master’s of divinity degree from Wake Forest. He has taught at Middle Tennessee State University and University of the South. He is completing a dissertation on Daniel, which he will elaborate upon during an Advent study, which will return to the “Wesleyan Live!” calendar this year, said the Rev. Eduardo Bousson, Nebraska Wesleyan University minister. 
Bousson approached Redding about taking on the Wesleyan Live format, and Redding quickly agreed. 
“He’s very excited about that,” Bousson said. “He said, ‘Yes, sign me up!’” 
Conducted on Monday nights during Lent, Wesleyan Live is class conducted at the Great Plains Conference offices in Lincoln that is livestreamed to people who register and pay for the course. The cost is $30 for individuals or $75 per church, and registration can take place here
About 600 people have been reached in the past 10 years of Wesleyan Live, Bousson said. Roughly two-thirds of the students are lay persons, and the rest are clergy. 
“Some pastors take the opportunity to use it as a Lenten study or as an Advent study,” he said. “We have a good share of retired clergy who tune in every time we offer it.” 
Bousson said he sees the program as a way for Nebraska Wesleyan to reach out to the entire conference. 
“The main goal is to provide theological education accessible to as many people as possible in our churches,” he said. “Professors can reach out to so many more congregations this way.  
“I see it as a way of connecting churches to Wesleyan,” he continued. “It’s a way to stay faithful to the connection.” 
David Burke, communications coordinator, can be contacted at dburke@greatplainsumc.org. 

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