The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (OCMCH)

Promoting historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church through archives, artworks, publications and research.

Research – John Wesley, Practical Divinity and the Defence of Literature, by Emma Salgård Cunha

John Wesley (1703-1791), leader of British Methodism, was one of the most prolific literary figures of the eighteenth century, responsible for creating and disseminating a massive corpus of religious literature … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Research – New book on Wesley and Children’s Education by Linda A. Ryan

Scholars have historically associated John Wesley’s educational endeavours with the boarding school he established at Kingswood, near Bristol, in 1746, primarily because of the importance he himself placed on it. … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Research – Peter Forsaith on ‘Image, Identity, and John Wesley’

‘A man in the dark in a picture frame/ So mystic and soulful’ Ultravox, Vienna More than twenty-five years ago I complained about the state in which the historic pictures … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Research – New book on Methodist hymnody published

Martin Clarke’s new book on Methodist hymnody has been published in the Routledge Methodist Studies series, edited from the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. Hymnody is widely recognised … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Events – Annual Ecclesiastical History Colloquium

On Thursday 22 June, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History will hold its annual Ecclesiastical History Colloquium. This year the Colloquium is being held in conjunction with Brigham … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Events – Methodist Studies seminar at Oxford Brookes University

On Saturday 3 December 2016 the bi-annual Methodist Studies Seminar (held in conjunction with the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, the Wesley Studies Centre of St John’s College, Durham, Wesley House … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Research – OCMCH Visiting Research Fellow wins $1000 essay prize

Simon Lewis, one of the visiting research fellows in the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History for 2016-17, has won a $1000 prize for his article entitled ‘”A Diversity of … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Research – John Rylands Library: over a hundred manuscript conversion narratives now online

  The John Rylands University Library in Manchester has placed over a hundred conversion narratives, largely written to John and Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century online. The documents can … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Resarch – ‘Religion, Loyalty and Sedition: The Hanoverian Succession of 1714’ published

The special issue of the Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture for 2016 has been issued. The special issue is also available as a book entitled: Religion, Loyalty and … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Research – Latest issue of Wesley and Methodist Studies

We’re pleased to announce that in addition to a range of book reviews, the following articles will appear in Wesley and Methodist Studies (vol. 9:1). Jeremy Black, John Wesley and History … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

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