Denominational History Project

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Start Date: 
Sat, 06/01/1991
End Date: 
Mon, 10/31/1994

Russell Richey and associates Robert Bruce Mullin and Grant Wacker directed this study that initiated a national conversation among scholars of denominational history, executives of denominational historical societies and editors of denominational historical journals, on the state and prospects of denominational historiography and the preservation and transmission of denominational history. The study conducted an initial consultation among scholars of denominational studies at Duke Divinity School and the National Humanities Center, October 10-13, 1999 on the theme "The Scholarly Writing of Denominational History." Scholars addressed the value, method, scope, models and interplay of denominational studies. Papers shared at the consultation formed the content of the book, Reimagining Denominations, edited by Robert Bruce Mullin and Russell E. Richey, Oxford University Press, 1994. <p> Richey and associates convened a concluding symposium at Drew University on the future of denominational history (September 9-10, 1994). Issues raised included the intended audience(s) of denominational studies, the usefulness of the category of "denomination," the relation between the denomination and the local congregation, among others. <p> The project's concluding conference took as its theme "Denominational History and the Church: A Symposium." Planned by Richey, Mullin and Charles Yrigoyen, editor of Methodist History and General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, the event provided a forum for persons from different denominational traditions who are responsible for the preservation, transmission, presentation and interpretation of church heritage, to be in conversation with each other. The conference dealt with common problems these leaders faced and the need to continue the dialogue beyond this event.