The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre have worked in partnership for several years. In 2012, the centres established a bi-annual seminar series that has now extended to include the Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham University; Wesley House, Cambridge; Cliff College; and The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. The seminars provide an opportunity for established and emerging scholars of Methodist Studies to present the findings of their research. We conceive of Methodist Studies broadly and aim to provide opportunities for students of history, theology, literature, art, material culture and other fields related to Methodism.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the final reports of the Anglican-Methodist Unity Commission being published for consideration by the two churches. In light of this, and looking forward to a conference on this subject to be hosted later this year by the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, reflection on Anglican-Methodist union is a theme of this seminar.
9.45-10am Arrivals & Welcome (Drs George Bailey and Geordan Hammond)
Please arrive in the foyer on the ground floor of the Rylands by 10am for a prompt start.
10.00am Talk about and Viewing of Select Materials from the Methodist Archives Special Collections and Tour of the Library
Jane Gallagher, Special Collections Librarian (Rare Books and Digital Humanities) and Dr Gareth Lloyd, Archivist, John Rylands Library
11.00am Tea & Coffee
11.20am ‘The ghost of John Goodwin’? Seventeenth-Century Perspectives on John Wesley’s Arminian Theology
Dr Andrew Ollerton, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Leicester
12.00pm Anti-Methodist Uses of History, c.1738-c.1760
Dr Simon Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
12.40pm Resources on the Study of Methodism and World War I: Westminster Training College Roll of Men in the King’s Forces (Oxford Brooks University) and Methodist Ministers at War: Wesleyan Chaplains of World War I (John Rylands Library)
Dr Peter Forsaith, Oxford Brookes University
There are a range of local options at which participants can have lunch. Some options for lunch will be given to participants.
2.00pm Reading and Religious Community
Dr Rachel Cope, Brigham Young University
2.40pm Will Perfect Love Predestine us to accept Lay Presidency? Theological Conversations English Anglicans and Methodists must have
Dr Charles Read, Eastern Region Ministry Course and Diocese of Norwich
3.20pm Tea & Coffee
3.45pm Anglican-Methodist Union: The Long View
Dr Martin Wellings, Superintendent Minister of the Oxford Methodist Circuit
4.45pm Closing Announcements
There is no cost for attending the seminar; however, please register by 12 April by emailing
MWRC Assistant, Helen Stocker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The John Rylands Library
Manchester M3 3EH
- The second 2018 seminar will be at The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (organised by Queen’s and the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History), on Saturday 8 December.***