July 9 - July 12, 2018
“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 https://www.umchistory.org/merging-streams.
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.
July 12 - July 15, 2018
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.
July 17 - July 20, 2018
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. More meeting details and registration information may be found at: https://www.vaumc.org/SEJHistoricalSociety2018.