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The Wesley Heritage Celebration's benefactors, Dr. L. Elbert Wethington and his wife, Lois, have graciously provided the endowment for the Wesley Heritage programs, which is administered through the United Methodist Foundation. The monies from this endowment can be used for lectures, dramas, library resources, workshops, special faculty studies, ecumenical conversations, course offerings, a visiting Wesley scholar, or other approved projects.
Dr. Wethington was an educator in the US and the Philippines for many years and since 1990 has served as president of the Wesley Heritage Foundation. Through the years, he and his wife have donated several books and collections to Methodist University, including Mrs. Wethington's book, Visual Poetry: My Journey into Chinese Painting and a set of John Wesley's works in Spanish entitled Obras de Wesley, 14 volumes.
In 2011, Dr. L. Elbert Wethington challenged Methodist University personnel to find a new way of engaging Methodist University students more directly in the annual Wesley Heritage Celebration. The result was a contest in which all MU students were invited to submit proposals for creative, multimedia projects that would showcase the lives and legacies of John Wesley and/or Charles Wesley. Students were encouraged to let their creative imaginations soar and create a video; an original piece of art, music, or drama; or even a Wesley-style sermon in modern language. Elbert and Lois Wethington agreed to offer a $500 cash prize to the creator of the project judged to honor John and/or Charles Wesley in the most creative and engaging way. A committee made up of Heritage Fund officers, faculty and staff at Methodist University, and United Methodist clergy and/or lay members review the student projects and select a winner.
Wesley Heritage Contest Winners