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Glen Alton Messer, II

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EDUCATION

Doctor of Theology in History of Christianity, Boston University, 2006

Master of Divinity in Theological Studies, Boston University, 2001

Bachelor of Fine Arts magna cum laude in Visual Arts, Eastern Michigan University, 1997

 

TEACHING COMPETENCE

History of Christianity of the Modern Period; Trans-Atlantic Pietism and Methodism; American Religion; United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity

 

TEACHING & ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

2013 to 2016: Associate Ecumenical Staff Officer for Theology and Dialogue, Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (OCUIR) – Formerly GCCUIC

2016 Fall Semester: Adjunct Lecturer, Yale Divinity School, course on United Methodist Polity

2014 to 2016: COB-OCUIR Executive Staff assigned to the Episcopal Church (USA)-United Methodist Church Bilateral Dialogue

2014 to Present: Member, Faith and Order Convening Table of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

2013 Fall Semester: Adjunct Lecturer, Yale Divinity School, course on United Methodist History and Doctrine

2012 to 2013: Commissioner, Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

2011 to 2012: Associate General Secretary, General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC)

2011 Fall Semester: Adjunct Lecturer, Yale Divinity School, course on United Methodist History and Doctrine

2010 to 2011: Assistant General Secretary, General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns

2010 to 2011: GCCUIC Executive Staff assigned to the Commission on Faith and Order of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

2010 to 2011: GCCUIC Executive Staff assigned to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

2010 to 2016: COB-OCUIR (formerly GCCUIC) Executive Staff assigned to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-United Methodist Church Bilateral Dialogue

2010 to 2014: COB-OCUIR (formerly GCCUIC) Executive Staff assigned to the Moravian Church (Northern and Southern Provinces)-United Methodist Church Bilateral Dialogue

2010 to 2011: GCCUIC Executive Staff assigned to the United Methodist Church Interagency Leadership Task Group

2007 to 2010: Visiting Assistant Professor of Methodist Studies at Boston University School of Theology

2007 to 2010: Mentor to United Methodist Students at Boston University School of Theology – face-to-face mentoring and oversight of ordination candidacy progress.

2008 to 2010: Senior Fellow for the Center for Global Christianity & Mission at Boston University School of Theology

2007 to 2008: Fellow for the Center for Global Christianity & Mission at Boston University School of Theology

2007 Fall semester: Acting Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Boston University School of Theology

2007 Spring semester: Lecturer at the Boston University School of Theology in United Methodist Polity

2005 to 2006: Teaching Assistant at Boston University School of Theology

2004 to 2006: Senior Tutor and Coordinator, Writing Center, Boston University School of Theology

 

GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT YALE UNIVERSITY

History and Doctrine of United Methodism.

United Methodist Polity

 

GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Modern Church History.

 Modern Christian Biography.

United Methodist Book of Discipline (Polity). Team-taught with Reverend Samuel M. Johnson and with assistance from Miss (her preferred form of address) Kara M. Jackman (School of Theology Archives Coordinator and New England Conference Archivist of the UMC).

History and Doctrine of United Methodism. Taught with assistance from Miss Kara M. Jackman.

 

TECHNOLOGY AND PEDAGOGY

2010: Innovative restructuring of classes using Google Wave technology.

2007 to 2010: Mandate from the School of Theology to innovate and experiment with employing technology for use in the classroom, in blended education and distance education, and as a means to building personal and institutional ties between Boston University, students, alums, and other institutions.

 

DISSERTATION

Restless for Zion: New England Methodism, Holiness, and the Abolitionist Struggle, Circa 1789-1845

 

PUBLICATIONS

(Pending in late 2017) Hartley, Benjamin L., Glen Alton Messer, II, and Kirstin Oh. ‘“Get on the cart!”: Wesleyan Discipleship in an Age of Endemic Incarceration.’ (Yet untitled book). NCC Faith & Order Series. New York, NY: Paulist Press.

2016: Messer, Glen Alton, II. Perfecting Unity. New York, NY: COB-OCUIR. Available online here.

2015: Messer, Glen Alton, II and Benjamin L. Hartley. ‘Remembering Our Ecumenical Heritage’ in Celebrating God’s Love: Living into Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships. Donald E. Messer, editor. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

 

CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS

LaRoy Sunderland: Biography of a Mid-19th Century Anti-Slavery Activist & Advocate for the Scientific Study of the Soul. 

A Claim to Virtue. A novel.

 

EDITORIAL AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2007 to 2010: Editor of the cgcm News – the newsletter of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University School of Theology

2006: Editorial assistant to Dr. Dana L. Robert, Boston University School of Theology

2003-2005: Methodist Research Specialist, Boston University School of Theology Library

2002-2005: Research Assistant to Dr. David N. Hempton, Boston University School of Theology

2002: Editorial Assistant to Dr. Jensine Andresen, Boston University School of Theology

2000-2001: Research Assistant to Dr. Jensine Andresen, Boston University School of Theology

 

LANGUAGES

German

Spanish

 

LECTURES & GUEST TEACHING

‘Perfecting Unity: Ecumenism and Ecclesiology and Every Christian’s Responsibility for Contributing to Faithful Theological Conversation,’ Boston University School of Theology, 8 November 2016

‘Pietism and Early American Methodism,’ lecture given in two parts – at Boehm’s Chapel and Long’s Barn – while on a history field trip and pilgrimage with students from Palmer Theological Seminary, 27 June 2014

‘Methodism, Pietism, and the Deep Historical Roots of Wesleyan Ecumenism,’ Wesley Theological Seminary,10 November 2013

‘The History of Ecumenism, Challenges for the Future, and the Role of the United Methodist Church as an Ecumenical and Interreligious Leader,’ Palmer Theological Seminary, 16 April 2013

‘Historical Roots of Ecumenism in the United Methodist Traditions, Pan-Methodism, and General Conference 2012,’ Palmer Theological Seminary, 19 April 2012

‘Historical Roots of Ecumenism in the United Methodist Traditions,’ United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training network, Oklahoma City, OK, 17 April 2012

‘Ecumenical and Interreligious DNA of United Methodism in Perspective of the 2012 General Conference.’ Boston University, 2 April 2012

‘Ecumenism, United Methodism, and General Conference 2012,’ Boston University, 21 September 2011

‘Pietism, Evangelicalism, Methodism, and Ecumenism,’ United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training network, Pittsburgh, PA, 9 May 2011

‘John Wesley’s Small Groups and Church Renewal Today,’ Wesleyan Live, Nebraska Wesleyan University, a 6-week video-cast short course, co-taught with Nebraska Wesleyan’s University Minister, Reverend Pauletta Lehn, February and March 2009

‘Global Christianity at the Beginning of the 21st Century,’ Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5 April 2007

‘Early New England Methodism,’ New England Leadership Academy, Gorham, ME, 10 March 2007

‘Global Methodism: Past, Present, and Future,’ St. Luke United Methodist Church, Omaha, NE, 5 March 2006

 

AWARDS AND HONOURS

2009: Boston University School of Theology Graduating Class Award for Best Teacher

 

MINISTRY ACTIVITIES

2008 to 2010:  Lay member of the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

2007 to 2010: Chair of the Church Council of Community United Methodist Church, Brighton, Massachusetts

2007 to 2010: Chair of the Education Committee of Community United Methodist Church, Brighton, Massachusetts

1997-2002: Urban missionary working with homeless persons in Boston and Cambridge, MA

 

ART & ART EDUCATION

Oil painter specializing in portraits and abstract subjects. Please see personal website.

Private tutor in drawing and painting.

 

Updated 21 March 2017