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2018 Texas UM Historical Society Annual Meeting


April 5 - April 7, 2018
El Paso, Texas

The first Texas UMHS Annual Meeting held in the New Mexico Annual Conference will have the theme "Methodism on the Border." This year’s theme encompasses a rich history of ministry in the border states of both US and Mexico. Our time will be highlighted by the addresses of both Bishop Martinez and Bishop Bledsoe speaking on our past history, current issues and present ministry along the border during the banquet on Thursday evening. A celebration of the history and ongoing work of Lydia Patterson will be held at the banquet on Friday at Lydia Patterson Institute. It will be held at Trinity-First UMC, 801 N. Mesa St, El Paso, TX. For more info visit http://www.nmconfum.com/about-us/archives-history/.

2018 NEJ Commission on Archives & History Annual Meeting


May 8 - May 10, 2018
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"Lancaster County United Methodists and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will welcome the Northeastern Jurisdictional Commission on Archives and History for its annual meeting, May 8-10. The theme will be "Awakenings," evoking the impact of the first and second Great Awakenings, so in evidence in the Lancaster County area." It will be held at the DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster. Registration by April 7 is $300 and after April will be $400. Registration fee covers meals, admissions, and transportation to events. For details contact Ms. Betty Henderson at 215-226-5268; bhende86341@verizon.net.

Heritage Sunday: May 20, 2018


May 20, 2018

Heritage Sunday is set aside for remembering our legacy as United Methodists. It is an ideal time for local churches and Annual Conference Commissions on Archives and History and Historical Societies to develop programs and projects reflecting the importance of history in congregational formation and casting the future. In 2018, Heritage Sunday falls on May 20th. The theme is "Jubilee: The 50th Anniversary of the United Methodist Church." Heritage Sunday resources for congregations and annual conferences will be posted at gcah.org beginning March 1, 2018. These will include a PowerPoint about the history antecedent leaders and churches forming the United Methdoist Church and a short video for use in congregations and throughout the annual conference season.Other liturgical, reading and educational resources will appear throughout the year. An academic convocation - Merging Streams: Piety, Transatlantic Revivalism, the EUB Legacy, and the end of the Methodist Church’s Central Jurisdiction will be held July 9-12 at United Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio, sponsored by the Hisorical Society of the UMC, GCAH, United Theolocal Seminary and The EUB Advisory Council.

“Merging the Streams: Celebrating The United Methodist Church’s 50th Anniversary”


July 9 - July 12, 2018
Dayton, Ohio

“Merging the Streams: Celebrating The United Methodist Church’s 50th Anniversary” will be held at United Theological Seminary from July 9-12, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. This is the Historical Convocation of the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, The North Central Jurisdiction Commission of Archives and History, The Wesleyan Historical Society, The Charles Wesley Society, and The General Commission on Archives and History. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the merger between the Methodist and the Evangelical United Brethren churches in 1968. It celebrates the enduring legacies of the Evangelical Association and the United Brethren in Christ traditions and the ways by which these legacies have shaped United Methodist identity. It also marks the role the EUB had in the Methodist Church’s merger with its own historic African American membership by ending the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction. Speakers include Bishop Gregory Palmer, Steven O’Malley, Scott Kisker, Jennifer Woodruff-Tait, Sarah Blair, Wendy Deichmann, Patricia Thompson, William Davis, Morris Davis, Ian Straker, Ted Campbell, Russell Richey, and L. Dale Patterson. For details regarding registration, hotels, and schedule, please see http://united.edu/merging-streams. You can also download a printable and fillable registration form by cutting and pasting this address: http://www.historicalsocietyunitedmethodistchurch.org/calendar/Registration_2018.pdf.

2018 Wesley Pilgrimage


July 9 - July 19, 2018
Epworth, Oxford, Bristol, London, and Salisbury, U.K.

Attendees will explore Epworth, the Wesley’s birthplace; Oxford, where John & Charles Wesley led the Holy Club; Bristol, the home of the first Methodist meeting house and the class meeting; London, where both Wesley brothers experienced assurance of salvation and John Wesley built the center of British Methodism; and Salisbury, home to a vital Methodist congregation once served by Bishop Francis Asbury, the father of American Methodism. Pilgrims will also experience teaching sessions at Sarum College led by Dr. Paul Chilcote and Dr. Steve Manskar. Scholarships are available for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders. All United Methodist ordained deacons and elders, licensed local pastors, certified lay ministers, lay servants, and lay speakers are eligible to apply for a scholarship. For more information and to register go to http://bit.ly/2iUPRE4. GCAH and General Board of Higher Ed provide funds that support scholarships. To read an article by GCAH's General Secretary, Rev. Fred Day, about his reflections on the pilgrimage, please go to http://gcah.org/resources/the-wesley-pilgrimage-in-england-tourist-or-pilgrim.

2018 GCAH Annual Meeting


July 12 - July 15, 2018
Dayton, Ohio

The 2018 General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church's Annual Meeting will be held following the conclusion of the “Merging Streams: Celebrating the United Methodist Church’s 50th Anniversary” conference being held at United Theological Seminary.

2018 SEJ/Historical Society Annual Meeting


July 17 - July 20, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia

The Virginia Conference Historical Society will host the 2018 Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society Annual Meeting. The theme will be "Religious Liberty in the Historical Advance of Virginia Methodism." The four-day event will include tours, special music, banquets, and plenty of time for fellowship. Look for more information after January 1, 2018 at https://vaumc.org/historicalsociety.