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Online Practical Theology Short Courses
Trinity College Glasgow & Theology & Religious Studies, University of Glasgow

Course Description

This course introduces students to the history and theology of Christian worship. It provides an understanding of the development of current forms of Christian worship, the nature of sacramental distinctions, and new sources and ecumenical confluences in 20th- and 21st-century worship. It provides perspectives which will underpin future worship practice and the development of advanced worship leading skills.

This is an open access course available as a 10-credit course (accredited by the University of Glasgow) or audit-only for those who just wish to engage with the learning programme for their own personal benefit.


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Professor Charlotte Methuen is a British Anglican priest, historian, and academic. Since 2017, she has been Professor of Church History at the University of Glasgow. As an academic she specialises in the Reformation in Germany, 20th-century ecumenism, and women's ministry. She also serves as a priest and a canon in the Episcopal Church in Scotland and the Diocese of Europe. 

Timetable & Duration

30th September to 25th November, 2024

This course will take place online on Monday evenings, 6.30pm-8.30pm. This course will be taught over 9 weeks (including a one-week break) via online real-time meetings & instruction.

This course aims to:

  • provide an introduction to the history of liturgy and worship in the Western Church, with a particular focus on the Churches of Scotland and England;

  • explore how liturgical traditions can be understood to relate to scripture;

  • offer a critical introduction to different traditions within liturgical and sacramental theology.

  • enable participants to reflect on their own liturgical practice and to gain a deeper understanding of their own liturgical and theological tradition.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Worship in Ancient Israel; 

  • Worship, Baptism and Eucharist in the New Testament and the Early Church; 

  • The development of the Western rite(s); 

  • Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Reformation; 

  • Book of Common Prayer (Church of England); the Westminster Directory & Common Order (Church of Scotland); 

  • The Liturgical Movement + Vatican II; 

  • Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Renewal; 

  • Current approaches to the theology of worship

Course information


This course is conducted online in weekly real-time conversations along with materials and interaction using the learning platform, Moodle. Zoom as an online meeting tool will be used for the real-time conversations and online group times. Access to these tools will be supported by the course administration. More information about the use of these will be provided once enrolled.


Each learning module will be taught through a range of online group discussion, exercises, and activities, viewing and reading. 


If you take the course for credit, the formal assessment for this course consists of the following:


Reflection on own church worship tradition (800 words - 40%)

Essay (1200 words – 60%) 


Support, guidance and feedback will be available for all assessment.



*Priority Area subsidy available for this course. Email for more information.

Sponsorship or subsidies may be available through your own church or denomination and we encourage you to approach them with the details of the course.

How to Apply


Notify your interest now via email:

The last date for applications is Friday the 30th of August 2024. 


These courses are delivered through the University of Glasgow. We will contact you with more information and guidance regarding applying, completing your details and payment in time for the course start date. If you have any questions regarding the process, you can contact us on the above email address. 

If you have any difficulties with this process – please contact Heather (office administrator) at:

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