1st Edition

Anglican-Methodist Ecumenism The Search for Church Unity, 1920-2020

Edited By Jane Platt, Martin Wellings Copyright 2022
    278 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a detailed analysis of one of the key episodes of twentieth-century ecumenism, focusing on the efforts made to reconcile the Church of England and the Methodist Church of Great Britain in the years since the First World War.

    Drawing on newly available archives as well as on a broad range of historical, theological, and liturgical expertise, the contributions explore what was attempted, why success proved elusive, and how the quest for unity was reconfigured into the twenty-first century. The volume sets contemporary ecumenical ambitions in historical context, explains the origins, course, and aftermath of the Anglican–Methodist ‘Conversations’ of 1955–72, retrieves their enduring global legacy, and explores the fraught nature of the ecumenical quest.

    It will be of key interest to scholars with an interest in ecumenism, Methodist studies, and church history.

    1 Introduction

    Jane Platt and Martin Wellings

    2 The Long View of Anglican–Methodist Unity

    Martin Wellings

    3 Anglican Ecumenism and the Problems of the ‘Historic Episcopate’

    Mark D. Chapman

    4 Church, Episcopacy and Ecumenism: Debates about order, authority and ambiguity in the Anglican–Methodist Conversations

    Pippa Catterall

    5 The Major Participants and their Actions in the Anglican–Methodist Conversations: The First Stage 1956–63

    John Lenton

    6 Theology, Providence and Anglican–Methodist Reunion: The case of Michael Ramsey and E.L. Mascall

    Peter Webster

    7 Evangelical Dissentients and the Defeat of the Anglican–Methodist Unity Scheme

    Andrew Atherstone

    8 Fighting for Methodism’s Soul: The Voice of Methodism Association, 1963–72

    Claire Surry

    9 ‘An Umbrella for all Dissenters’?: The National Liaison Committee, 1965–82

    Martin Wellings

    10 Grassroots Methodism and the Anglican–Methodist Conversations

    Jane Platt

    11 Anglican–Methodist Relations in the Context of the British Army

    Peter Howson

    12 The Anglican-Methodist Service of Reconciliation and the Ordinal of 1968

    Phillip Tovey

    13 Developments since 1972

    David M. Chapman


    Jane Platt is an archivist at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, where she listed its Anglican–Methodist Union collection. She is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the author of several books and articles on church history, and a member of the editorial team of CWAAS Transactions.

    Martin Wellings is Superintendent of the Barnet and Queensbury Circuit of the Methodist Church. He is an Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Chair of the Methodist Church’s Faith and Order Committee.

    "These essays are of consistently good quality, combining sound research with sharp theological assessment." - Paul Avis in The Church Times

    "This is a collection of well-written essays by Anglican and Methodist scholars who know their subject matter well and explain it in a clear and readable fashion. Anyone who wants to be better informed about the history of Anglican-Methodist ecumenism should certainly read this book." - Martin Davie in Church History