Church History

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Dr. David W. Scott. Photo © Hector Amador.

Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition

The recent move by United Methodists in Bulgaria and Romania to leave the denomination is the latest in a history of separations within the Methodist tradition.
Church History
The Rev. Zenro Hirota (second row from the top, third from the left) poses with other attendees of the 10th Annual Session of the Pacific Japanese Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church held in Seattle, Wash., in 1909. Hirota is listed as “pastor at San Francisco” on the original legend. Image courtesy of Archives and History of the California-Pacific Conference; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism - Zenro Hirota

Rev. Zenro Hirota was a pioneer among Japanese American Methodists, serving for 45 years, often facing great difficulties, alongside his colleagues in the California Conference in a variety of settings (mission, local church, school, publishing, mission society leadership).
Church History
William Apess was the first Native American licensed to preach by American Methodists. Photo from "A Son of the Forest. The Experience of Will Apes (sic), A Native of the Forest," courtesy of Internet Archive; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism — William Apess

William Apess was the first Native American licensed to preach among American Methodists and the leading advocate for Native American rights in the first half of the 19th century.
Church History
East Congo Episcopal Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (center left, in blue suit) and his wife, Dr. Marie-Claire Diandja (to his left), gather with clergy and lay leaders of the Tunda District on a tree-lined street leading to the local church. This year, United Methodists of the East Congo Episcopal Area are joyfully commemorating the centennial of the church in eastern Congo. Photo by Chadrack Londe, UM News.

Church in East Congo celebrates 100 years of existence

The first American missionaries, led by Ansel Lynn (alias Uwandji Lupungu), made a covenant with local residents in February 1922.

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