Methodists: Forever Beginning

In 1766 Philip Embury and a handful of John Wesley's disciples organized the first New World preaching societies of Methodism, which then was merely a dissident Anglican sect. Last week more than 2,300 modern Methodists, including 40 bishops, were on hand in Baltimore to celebrate their church's entry into its third century. Confidently, the delegates buried a stainless-steel time capsule in Mount Olivet Cemetery, to be opened by tricentennial-celebrating Methodists in 2066.

The theme of the anniversary gathering was "Forever Beginning"—a reminder that there is no room for complacency or conservatism in the...

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