Church History

Human Sexuality
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Disobedience didn’t start with sexuality debate

Defiance of rules passed by General Conference goes back to the earliest days of the first Methodist denomination in the U.S. A United Methodist professor writes about why the current debate over homosexuality is driving a church separation.
Human Sexuality
Supporters of LGBTQ rights in The United Methodist Church rally around the central Communion table at the close of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. An updated edition of “American Methodism,” a history of the denomination published by Abingdon Press, adds a chapter covering 20 years of contentious debate over sexuality. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Eventful 20 years added to Methodist history

Abingdon Press has published a revised edition of “American Methodism,” its history of The United Methodist Church and its predecessors. The new version adds a chapter covering 20 years of contentious debate over sexuality.
Church History
Abolitionists worked to end slavery in the 19th century in the Americas and Western Europe. A new book by the Rev. James Richardson, “The Abolitionist’s Journal,” chronicles his great-great-grandfather’s work as a Methodist clergyman and antislavery advocate. Shown here is the official medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society, produced as a jasper-ware cameo by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) at the Wedgewood factory. Image courtesy of the British Anti-Slavery Society, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A generational passion for justice

A book by an Episcopal priest explores the life of his great-great-grandfather, a Methodist clergyman and abolitionist.
Church History
Image by Larisa Koshkina, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News

The intriguing history of ‘O Holy Night’

The 300-year-old story of a beloved Christmas song is filled with scandal, politics and dubiousness. Yet the 19th-century French carol remains a favorite. Chrystal Caviness reports for UMC.org.

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