The year 1968 was a turbulent year here in the US. Both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated; and there were riots in many US cities. But in Anderson, IN, the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Pilgrim Holiness Church merged to become The Wesleyan Church. I love the motto, “One, that the world may believe!”
We didn’t plan it this way, but one of the things that we did on the way home from Canada today we visited Seneca Falls, which was the site of the first National Women’s Right’s Convention. That first convention was held in a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls. That convention was 180 years ago.
It seems we have ended up as several women’s rights sites this summer, but Wesleyan history has a strong connection with both the suffrage movement and the abolition movement. Not only does the Wesleyan Church have roots in these social movements, but we strive to be a church that makes disciples. We desire to be a transforming presence to the world around us…celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and the Wesleyan Church multiplies itself until we have a transforming presence in every zip code.
This means loving God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves. James writes; “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God the Father is this, to take care of the widows and orphans in their distress and to keep yourselves from being corrupted by the world.”
I think there are some great days ahead for the Wesleyan Church and I love being part of it. Happy Birthday!