Institut für Christkatholische Theologie


Prof. Dr. Charlotte Methuen

Adjunct Professorin am ICKath und Professorin an der Universität Glasgow für Kirchengeschichte

Institut für Christkatholische Theologie

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Dr Charlotte Methuen is Professor in Church History at the University of Glasgow and an Anglican priest.  She read mathematics at Cambridge, and then worked as a Community Advice Worker in the East End of London before going on to ordination training at Coates Hall, Edinburgh. She took her BD and then her PhD at New College, Edinburgh, with periods of study at the Universities of Heidelberg and Tübingen.

Dr Methuen was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Glasgow in 2011, made Senior Lecturer in 2013 and Professor in 2017. From 2005 until 2011, she held posts in Oxford as Departmental Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, University Research Lecturer, and Lecturer in Liturgy and Church History at Ripon College Cuddesdon.   She has also taught in the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bochum, Germany (1997-2003) and the Theological Faculty at the University of Hamburg (1996-97). She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Mainz (2010), Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University (History Faculty; 2009) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Bern, Jena, Heidelberg and Tübingen, the Kirchliche Hochschule in Wuppertal, and at the College of the Transfiguration, Grahamstown, South Africa.  Before moving to Oxford, she served as Diocesan Director of Training in the Diocese in Europe (2003-2005).

Dr Methuen is co-editor with Professor Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes University) of Studies in Church History, the annual publication of the Ecclesiastical History Society.  She is Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the Society for Reformation Studies, which organises an annual conference in Cambridge.  She is Reformation editor for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

 since 2011
Lecturer in Church History (since 2013: Senior Lecturer), Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow
 2009-2011 Lecturer for Church History and Liturgy, Ripon College Cuddesdon
 2009-2011 University Research Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Theology University of Oxford
 2009 Associate Lecturer, Faculty of History, Oxford Brookes University
 2005-2008 Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Theology University of Oxford
 2004-2005 Director of Training, Diocese in Europe (Church of England)
 2002-2004 Lise-Meitner Research Fellowship, funded by the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia
 1996-2002 Research and Teaching Assistant to the Professor for Reformation and Modern History, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of the Ruhr
 1996 Research Fellowship, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (6 months)
 1995-1996 Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Church History and History of Doctrine, University of Hamburg
1991-1995 Doctoral studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

thesis title:  “Kepler’s Tübingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics”

Dr Methuen serves on the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission; the Inter-Church Relations Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church; and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion.  She has also served on the Meissen Commission, which oversees relations between the Church of England and the German Protestant Church and the Anglican Lutheran International Commission.  Since 2015, she has been Canon Theologian of the Diocese of North Yorkshire and the Dales, and a Canon of Ripon Cathedral.  From 2005 until 2012, she was Canon Theologian of the Cathedral and Diocese of Gloucester. She is assistant priest in the Old Catholic parish of Bottrop and the Episcopal parish of St Margaret’s Newlands.

  • Reformation international: Interactions between the Continental and the British Reformations
  • Faith and reason in the Reformation
  • George Bell and the Ecumenical Movement 1918-1937
  • Women and ministry in the history of the church
  • “‘Close and friendly relations’: The Church of England and the Old Catholic Churches 1933-1950,” in: Anja Goller /Andreas Krebs / Matthias Ring, Weg-Gemeinschaft. Festschrift für Günter Esser (At-Katholischer Bistumsverlag: Bonn 2015), 89-106.
  • With Friedrich Weber:  “The architecture of faith under National Socialism: Lutheran church building(s) in Braunschweig, 1933–1945,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66 (2015), pp. 340-371. (doi:10.1017/S0022046913002571)
  • “‘And your daughters shall prophesy!’ Luther, reforming women and the construction of authority,” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 104 (2013), pp. 82-109. (doi:10.14315/arg-2013-104-1-82)
  • “‘I, who knew that I was privileged to converse with the Lord...’: Christian women and religious authority in third-century North Africa,” Modern Believing 54 (2013), pp. 23-33. (doi:10.3828/MB.54.1.23)
  • “Preaching and the shaping of public consciousness in late sixteenth-century Tübingen: Martin Crusius’ Corona Anni,” Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 123 (2012), pp. 173-193.
  • Luther and Calvin: Religious Revolutionaries (Lion Hudson: Oxford 2011).
  • “Lambeth 1920: The Appeal To All Christian People” (editions of an account by George Bell and the redactions of the Appeal with an introduction), in: Melanie Barber, Gabriel Sewell and Stephen Taylor (eds), From the Reformation to the Permissive Society:  A Miscellany in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library (Boydell & Brewer: Woodbridge 2010), 521-564.
  • “‘Fulfilling Christ’s own wish that we should be one.’  The early ecumenical work of George Bell as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Dean of Canterbury (1914-1929),” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 21 (2008), 222-245; reprint in: Andrew Chandler (ed.), The Church and Humanity: The Life and Work of George Bell, 1883–1958 (Ashgate: Aldershot 2012), 25-46.
  • Science and Theology in the Reformation: Studies in Theological Interpretation and Astronomical Observation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (T and T Clark: London 2008).
  • “The Bonn Agreement and the Catholicization of Anglicanism: Anglicans and Old Catholics in the Lang Papers and the Douglas Papers 1920-1939,” Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift 97 (2007), 1-22.
  • Kepler’s Tübingen: stimulus to a theological mathematics (St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History; Ashgate: Aldershot 1998).