The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

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Mission and Ministry
L. Dale Patterson, archivist-records administrator at the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, examines film, one of thousands of carefully filed items at the agency housed on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. A 2013 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Taking church archives from hi-fi to Wi-Fi

Dale Patterson looks backward and forward as he contemplates retirement from the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.
Church History
Stained glass window featuring Charles Wesley from Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, part of the United Methodist Church Global Mission Center. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Did Charles Wesley write Christmas hymns?

Wesley, a prolific hymn writer, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas, including a yuletide favorite.
Mission and Ministry
An ecumenical gathering to commemorate and celebrate the 450th anniversary of the publication of the Bible in Spanish, known as La Biblia del Oso, which was published by Casiodoro de Reina in 1569, is set for Oct. 27 in San Antonio. Photo by Mike DuBose, El Interprete.

Celebrating the first complete Bible in Spanish

“The Bible of the Bear,” the first complete Bible translation to Spanish, will be celebrated at a ceremony in San Antonio.