UMC 2022 — Tireless Exertions and Passionate Concern

Part 2a — A Focus on Race

The History of the United Methodist Church, Its Record on Issues of Social Justice, and Its Relevance Today

John Wesley and Methodism

A History of Dissent

Splits and Unions on Racial Lines

“Lord we acknowledge Thee as the all-wise author of every good and perfect gift. We recognize Thy presence and wisdom in the healing shower. We acknowledge Thou had a divine plan when Thou made the rattle-snake, as well as the song bird, and this was without help from Charles Darwin. But we believe Thou will admit the grave mistake in giving the decision to the wrong side in eighteen hundred and sixty-five.”

Protests outside the 1968 General Conference that created The United Methodist Church sought to have the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction dissolved in the merger between the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church | UM Insight

“A few dozen congregations exercised their option to leave the new denomination because of it, joining the more theologically conservative Wesleyan Church or even the Southern Methodist Church, which advocated racial separation as part of its doctrine.”

Baptist News

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”



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