Methodist Recorder

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The Methodist Recorder is an independent weekly newspaper that examines events and current affairs within the Methodist community in Britain and worldwide. It has been published continuously since 1861, absorbing its major rivals the Watchman in 1883, the United Methodist in 1932 and the Methodist Times in 1937.[1]

On 13 February 1992 the Recorder published its 7,000th edition and the following year published its first April Fools' Day joke, claiming that there would be a "complete standardisation of Methodist worship" which would require local preachers to wear a "uniform" and be trained in clowning and juggling.[1]

Although not available online, the Recorder maintains a basic website offering subscription details and a brief outline of the newspaper's contents.[2] A full archive in both bound copies and microfilm is available from the Methodist Studies Unit of the former Westminster College, Oxford, now part of Oxford Brookes University.[3] Public access is free of charge (by prior appointment) and a small charge is made for reproduction.

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  1. ^ a b "Our History". Methodist Recorder. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Methodist Recorder". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Centre for Methodism and Church History". Department of History, Philosophy and Religion. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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