THE GENERAL COMMISSION ON ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
ANNOUNCES ITS 2013 AWARDS AND GRANTS
The World Is My Parish Grant encourages research into the development of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents in conferences not in the United States and about Methodist developments in countries other than the United States. The Central Congo and East Congo Episcopal Area will celebrate the 100 years of evangelization of the United Methodist Church on February 12, 2014, at Wembo-Nyama in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A $3,000 grant has been awarded for a project that will collect this history and prepare a book which will be used as a reference for future generations and be a part of the centennial celebration. A second World is my Parish grant will help fund research by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel to make available resources on the historical journey of women in Nigeria and will strengthen the work of the United Methodist Women in Nigeria which has a membership over 250,000. Publication is planned for March, 2014. A third grant has been awarded to Christopher Jones, a PhD candidate at the College of William and Mary, for research on the relationship between the American Revolution and evangelical religion in Canada and the British West Indies with research focused on Nova Scotia, Toronto, and the Caribbean. This research will enlarge understanding of Methodist development in the wider Atlantic context.
The Asian, African, Hispanic, and Native American History Research Grant supports research in the history and heritage of ethnic/racial groups in the United Methodist tradition. Grants will go to Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies at The George Washington University, to research the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s response to apartheid which is part of a larger project concerning the global vision of American evangelicals; to Daniel F. Flores to research the contributions and ministry of Rev. Primitivo A. Rodrigues who was perhaps the first significant redactor of John Wesley for Spanish-speaking people in North America and is best known for the 1891 Spanish translation of Wesley’s sermons; and to Sheila D. Collins for research that will result in a biography of George Houser, one of the relatively unsung but pivotal leaders of three of the 20thcentury’s great social movements for justice and peace which included the Civil Right movement and the African struggles for liberation from colonial rule.
The Josephine Forman Scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a person of color pursuing graduate work in archival studies, made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Forman, long time archivist of the South West Texas Conference. The recipient for the 2013-2014 academic year is Kimberly Springer, who will be studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Previously she had done archival work among the black communities in London. The selection process is carried out in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists.
The Women in United Methodist History Research Grant was awarded to Cynthia M. Rogers for a proposal entitled, “Methodist Women and the 1840’s Spirit of Reform in Seneca Falls, NY.” The significance of this research will lie in its contribution to an understanding of how reform-minded Methodist women were energized and motivated by their faith to step outside their sphere of pious domesticity to tackle the social issues of their day. The Women in United Methodist History Writing Awardwent to Dr. Ellen Blue for her paper, “‘Yes, We are Everywhere’: Thirty Years with the Women for Progressive Action, Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.” Dr. Blue interviewed many African American women from Hartzell United Methodist Church who formed a grassroots organization in 1974 that would work for the betterment of all residents of the Lower Ninth Ward.
The General Commission is honored to provide encouragement for the research and writing of history in the Wesleyan and German pietist traditions through these grants and awards that focus on racial/ethnic history, women’s history, and history outside the United States. Information on all awards is available at www.gcah.org and applications are welcomed.