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300 Years of Methodism and Higher Education – Conference, June 2020

Wesley 2020 Flyer v1.5 - Copy

Ecclesia, Academia et Mundus
300 years of Methodism and Higher Education

17-20 June 2020


John Wesley matriculated at Oxford University in 1720. He was elected a scholar of Christ Church on 24th June and signed the ‘Dean’s book’ (indicating entry to Christ Church) on 18th July.

The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and other partners, announce a conference and study school, which will review 300 years of Methodist engagement with university-level education.


In a time of rapid and challenging change, this conference will address key themes of accessibility and diversity in Methodist higher education, seeking to understand and explore the values and principles which Wesley and early Methodists developed and held, and how those might apply to current situations.

Call for papers

Although main speakers have already been approached and agreed, other proposals will be welcomed before the programme is finalised in February 2020.

• Papers should be for 20-25 minutes, around the themes of issues of diversity and accessibility in historic or contemporary Wesleyan/Methodist higher education.

Proposals should be emailed to by 31 January 2020.

Outline conference programme

Wednesday 17 June – Arrivals and Welcome

Thursday 18 June – Thinking Historical, Thinking ‘Then’

Friday 19 June – Thinking Global, Thinking ‘Today’

Saturday 20 June – Thinking Forwards, and Departures

Residential (full programme) £300/$400
Non-residential day and student fees will be available.


The conference will be held at the Harcourt Hill Campus of Oxford Brookes University, located in a semi-rural position on the western edge of Oxford, yet close to the historic city. Accommodation will be in comfortable single study bedrooms with en-suite facilties, in the modern Westminster Halls complex.

The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History
Oxford Brookes University
Harcourt Hill Campus
Oxford, OX2 9AT, U.K.

The conference leaflet can be downloaded, here.

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