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Aldersgate Day Celebration to be Held May 24

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    Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote, estimated at 6,550. (Photo: Dublin City Public Libraries CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Event marks the 272nd anniversary of the event that became the basis for the Methodist faith

Southwestern University will host an Aldersgate Day celebration on Monday, May 24. The event observes the 272nd anniversary of John Wesley’s “heart-warming” experience at Aldersgate Street in London, which became the basis for the Methodist faith.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. in the Lois Perkins Chapel with a tour of the historic building and singing of Wesleyan hymns led by Southwestern alumnus Henry Holloway. This will be followed by a presentation on the topic “A Heart Strangely Warmed: A Closer Look at Charles Wesley (1707-1788)” by Michael Hawn, professor of church music and director of the Sacred Music Program in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

From 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., a buffet lunch will be available for purchase in the Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center for $6.75 per person. After lunch, Hawn will continue his presentation about Charles Wesley.

The event is open to the public. To attend the event, visit, call 800-960-6363 or write Questions may be directed to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.