October 15 – December 17, 2024


Co-hosted by the Reutlingen School of Theology (GBHEM LEaD Hub Europe)

& Wesley House, Cambridge (GBHEM LEaD Hub Britain)

and in cooperation with The Methodist related Schools in Europe (MTSE)


“Love, Grace and Transformation: Worship as Ethics and Ethics as Worship in Methodist Theology”


“And while he thus always exercises his love to God, by prayer without ceasing, rejoicing

evermore, and in everything giving thanks, this commandment is written in his heart, that ‘he

who loveth God, loves his brother also.’ And he accordingly ‘loves his neighbour as himself’; he

loves every man as his own soul. His heart is full of love to all mankind, to every child of ‘the

Father of the spirits of all flesh’. (...) And if it be not in his power to do good to them that hate

him, yet he ceases not to pray for them (...)” (John Wesley, The Character of a Methodist).



In Wesleyan and Methodist Theology worship and ethics, prayer and discipleship, works of piety

and works of mercy cannot be torn apart or be separated from each other, but rather are

mutually dependent. In a complex world, in times of crisis and conflict and a strong influence of

religious individualism especially in European economical contexts the European Methodist

Lecture Program 2024 seeks to rethink the relation of worship and ethics in Methodist Theology

and its significance for today. While initial lectures about ethical formation and the values of

worship will give some introduction to the scope of the course, offer definitions and ways of

thinking about worship theologically and ethically, further lectures will explore different aspects

of what it might mean to worship in ways that live into the ethic of love.


Formal frame


· Title: Love, Grace and Transformation: Worship as Ethics and Ethics as Worship in Methodist Theology

· Time frame: A lecture series with 10 lectures once a week

· Language: English

· Responsible: Lecturers from different Methodist related Schools in Europe (MTSE) and beyond

· Participants: Students from MTSE and other interested persons - both clergy and lay

· Expectations: in order to get 2 ECTC for the class students take part regularly and read

suggested; concrete requirements for passing the class are formulated by each

school; for non-credit students’ participation in majority of lectures is requested

· Time: winter/fall semester, October 15 – December 17, 2024

· Time: weekly on Tuesday - 90 minutes session with lecture and discussion


> 5:15 – 6:50 pm GB/ Ireland/ Portugal (GMT+1)

> 6:15 – 7:50 pm Czech Republic/ Denmark/ Germany/ Italy/ Norway/Slovak Republic/ Spain/ Sweden/ Switzerland (GMT+2)

> 7:15 – 8:50 pm Estonia/ Russia – Moscow (GMT+3)