Conferences, study tours, lectures


Each year various departments and groups within and associated with the Methodist Church hold conferences to help people engage with and think through key themes within their areas of responsibility.  Below are details of a number of these.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all such events that Methodist people might find helpful, but rather to point to those that are directly associated with the Methodist Church or which significantly assist the SRI aims of the Church.


Thursday 19 April 2018

3rd Annual Methodist Research Conference

Rylands - Library - University of Manchester -

Please see the flyer HERE. A draft programme for the day is available HERE.

To register to attend the conference please log onto EventBrite at:  

To offer a short paper, please send an abstract of 250 words by 19 February 2018. See Call for Papers flyer HERE.


22nd June 2018

Methodism and Politics Conference: Wesley House, Cambridge

This is a one-day conference considering the themes related to Methodism and politics. it is being held in conjunction with the triennial residential conference of the Wesley Historical Society on 22-23 June, which ends with the WHS Annual Lecture on the afternoon of 23 June. Participants can attend the Friday 22 June and/or Saturday 23 June sessions (at no cost) or pay to attend the full residential conference (to incude dinner and overnight accommodation).

To book into the one-day conference on Friday 22 June please go to:       

To book into the WHS events on Saturday 23 June, or the full residential WHS conference over both days, please email

To offer a paper for the Friday conference, please send an abstract of 250 words to on the theme of 'Methodism and Politics', broadly interpreted. See call for papers flyer HERE.

Study Tours:


5-19 February 2018

Living Christianity in Bethlehem with the Rev'd John Howard

This is an opportunity to visit Israel/Palestine to explore what it means to be a Christian living in this region today. Led by our mission partner Rev'd John Howard, the study tour will be largely based in Bethlehem but include an intial couple of days in Jerusalem and some time in Galilee. This study tour will cost £1400 with people responsible for their own flights and meeting at Tel Aviv Airport on the evening of 5 Feb. The initial days in Jerusalem will be supported by the Rev'd Dr Stephen Skuce. The rest of the time will be led by Rev'd John Howard. While the group will visit many of the key places associated with the life of Jesus, the main focus of this trip is to experience something of the contemporary Christian experience and will involve some time working in projects in the West Bank.The Methodist Church is able to offer funding up to the level of full costs (excluding flights) for a total of up to six places from the following categories:

a) Methodist presbyters or deacons in their first 5 years of ministry.

b) Full-time lay workers.

c) An active member of a university of 'MethSoc'.

d) A Methodist whose annual income is on or below the living wage level.

To enquire about thiese funded places please contact Rev'd Dr Stephen Skuce

For fuller details of the tour itself please contact either Rev'd John Howard or Rev'd Dr Stephen Skuce 


April 2018

Reconcilliation: Corrymeela, Northern Ireland

Led by former President of Conference Rev'd Dr Inerjot Bhogal a small group will be visiting Corrymeela in April 2018 to explore issues around reconcilliation. Please contact for fuller details. 


25-29 April 2018

Evangelism Study Tour, Kilkarney, Ireland

A small study group will visit Killarney, Ireland to look at evangelism and church planting, based on a number of newly established Methodist Churches in that area. The group is led by Rev'd Dr Stephen Skuce and Ian White (Cliff College). The approximate cost is £450 with the group gathering at Cork airport. Please contact for further details.


24-29 May 2018

Photography and Spirituality Study Tour: Rome

Led by the Rev'd Dr Phillip Richter and based at The Wesley, Rome, this group will experience and explore issues to do with photogrpahy and spirituality. Full details can be found  here.


5-16 July 2018

Contextual Theology Study Tour: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth

For the 6th year Rev'd Dr Stephen Skuce and Ian White (Cliff College) will bring a group to Israel/Palestine to consider issues of contexual theology. As we consider this context we learn better to reflect on our own contexts. The study tour includes some nights in Jersualem and Nazareth, and a night spent with Palestinian families in Bethlehem. This tour is very different to the standard pilgramage experiences and is largely on foot or using public transport. Participants will need to be able to walk about 7 miles in a day, noting its usually in hot weather on cobbled streets. for full details please see 


Dates for your Diary 2018/2019 

Methodist Studies Seminars:

The next seminars will be at the Wesley Study Centre, St John's College, Durham Unversity on Friday 8 December 2017 and at John Rylands Library in Manchester (organised by the MWRC and Cliff College) on Friday 20 April 2018.

For further details please go to 


August 12-19, 2018

The Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies, Pembroke College, Oxford

While still a long way off, you might like to note that the British Committee is currently planning for the next OIMTS on the theme of "'Thy Grace Restore, Thy Work Revive': Revival, reform and revolution in global Methodism".
For more information please follow the link above. Please also see HERE for an invitation to the event and how to apply.


April 8-10, 2019


Answering the Call: Hearing God's Voice in Methodist Mission, Past, Present and Future.

Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and Candler School of Theology of Emory University will co-sponsor this conference.

A call for papers is available at  

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