Winter 2016 Journal

Winter 2016 Journal

The recent dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC reminds United Methodists of their creative and crucial role in the history of people of color. Both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas received their beginnings from Methodist societies on the Eastern shore of Maryland and […]

The Global Church: A New Reality

The Global Church: A New Reality

At the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore., for the first time, United Methodists experienced a new reality — what it means to be a global church. Some people commented on the presence of spontaneity, passion, evangelistic fervor and vitality offered by churches from Africa and the Philippines. European delegates with their multiple language skills […]

A Glimpse of the Oral History Project

A Glimpse of the Oral History Project

Although many aspects of the Black presence, participation and contribution to the Methodist heritage have been discovered and recorded, much work remains to be done. In light of that reality, the African American Methodist Heritage Center Board has directed its Program Commit-tee to assume the lead to work on several kinds of research. The large […]

We've Come this Far By Faith

We’ve Come this Far By Faith

View Trailer of the DVD for your Jurisdiction “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” a series of 5 DVDs representing the history of African Americans in Methodism in all jurisdictions of the UMC . For many years, there was a concern that the legacy of African Americans in Methodism was being lost because heirs were […]

Oral History And You

Oral History And You

The African American Methodist Heritage Center (AAMHC) is establishing an oral history library to recover and preserve the stories of African American lay and clergy Methodists who were active beyond the local church during the period of the Central Jurisdiction and its subsequent merger with the geographical jurisdictions. We stand on the shoulders of those […]

T. C. Kelly, Open Air Chapel

T. C. Kelly, Open Air Chapel

Gulfside ‘Restoration’ – Methodist leaders gather at retreat center United Methodist leaders and visitors from across the country gathered Saturday on sacred ground in Waveland for the restoration of a historic outdoor retreat center. Gulfside Assembly leaders hosted a ceremony to honor the first structure erected on the property since Hurricane Katrina. The deadly hurricane […]

WHERE ARE THE RECORDS of the Central Jurisdiction?

WHERE ARE THE RECORDS of the Central Jurisdiction?

The Central Jurisdiction is the way the Methodist Church, from 1939 – 1968, practiced segregation. All Methodist African American conferences and local churches were placed in this Jurisdiction. This ensured the separation of whites and blacks at all levels, except at the very highest. But since the ending of that jurisdiction in 1968 and the […]

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White 1758 John Wesley baptizes two “Negro slaves,” at least one woman, thus setting the pattern for receiving people of color into the societies and the church. These two return to Antigua to start the Methodist society in the “new world.” 1760s Anne Schweitzer, a black woman, becomes a founding […]