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Resources for United Methodist Heritage Sunday | May 20

Information from Rev. Fred Day, General Secretary, General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH)

The General Commission on Archives and History has collected resources for churches to use for Heritage Sunday (May 20, 2018) and other celebrations during The United Methodist Church’s Jubilee Year.

Click here for resources:  http://gcah.org/resources/heritage-sunday-2018

At the link above, you will find resources in many mediums designed for diverse audiences from youth to adult, for worship and educational settings. It includes:
–      The basics of Methodist, Evangelical and United Brethren history
–      Ideas for celebrating Heritage Sunday
–      The text of the April 23, 1968 Service of Union and Albert Outler’s powerful sermon
–      Newsreel footage from the 1968 General Conference
–      Visual resources for church bulletins, newsletters and announcements
–      And so much more….

GCAH is especially proud of a short video celebrating our Methodist, Evangelical and United Brethren roots and the gospel-grounded, difference-making Church we are still becoming.
http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/we-still-believe-celebrating-50-years-of-the-united-methodist-church

We hope you will also consider joining GCAH and the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church in a historical convocation at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, themed “Merging Streams.”  This convocation marks not only the many confluences that have made The United Methodist Church what is, but also are still shaping its future.
https://www.umchistory.org/merging-streams

Celebrating how far we have come as a Church these last 50 years, we also must acknowledge the context from which The United Methodist Church was formed. In the midst of some of the most significant social and civil unrest around the world, and the heart-wrenching realities of racism, discrimination and exclusion, a newly formed church was challenged to reform inwardly and engage outwardly and did so by ending its systematic structure of racial segregation known as The Central Jurisdiction.

GCAH is pleased to share these resources offered by our colleagues at The General Commission on Religion and Race, featuring a word from General Secretary Erin Hawkins
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=whzD96NSje8&feature=youtu.be and

–      A History Unpacked: A 50-year timeline and short videos tracing GCORR”s history
–      Dismantling the Central Jurisdiction: article, videos dealing with integrating the UMC
–      GCORR Fellows: a network of bridge-builders shaping the work of ending racism
–      info@gcorr.org
–      Additional resources at http://www.gcah.org/resources/heritage-sunday-2018