Church History

Mission and Ministry
Sarah Mallet was one of the few women authorized by John Wesley as a preacher in early English Methodism. She and Wesley regularly corresponded by letter. Wesley referred to her as "My dear Sally." Quill courtesy of OpenClipart/Pixabay; letter excerpt courtesy of Emory University Libraries; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism — Sarah Mallet

Sarah Mallet was one of the few women authorized by John Wesley as a preacher in early English Methodism. She preached for 55 years, the last of which were marked by opposition to female preachers in her own denomination, until her death at age 82 in 1846.
Human Rights
Bishop Julius C. Trimble. Photo by Tessa Tillett for the Indiana Conference.

Lifting up three key Black history figures

Bishop Julius C. Trimble shares a Black History Month reflection on three people he believes deserve broader recognition. "The arc of the universe may bend toward justice, however, this is only made possible by people like Claudette Colvin, Abraham Galloway and Althea Gibson."
Church History
Bishop Woodie W. White, the first executive secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race and the first Black person to head a United Methodist general agency, was tasked with the oversight of the merger of the Central Jurisdiction annual conferences and the geographical annual conferences. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism — Bishop Woodie W. White

Bishop Woodie W. White has been a pioneer in every appointment he served in The United Methodist Church.
Mary Harris describes her vision for Pickett Chapel, a nearly 200-year-old structure built by slaves as a Methodist church in Lebanon, Tenn. Harris, president of the Wilson County Black History Committee, says about $200,000 so far has been spent to stabilize the building. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

New life for 196-year-old Pickett Chapel

Pickett Chapel in Lebanon, Tennessee, has been a white church, a Black church and a multiracial one in its long life as a Methodist house of worship. Built by slave labor, its newest incarnation will be as a museum and event venue if restoration efforts by a local Black history committee are successful.

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