The Southern Methodist Church

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One could confidently say that in 1939, an historic event took place in Methodism. It brought the Methodist Protestant Church (MPC) which was separated from the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in 1828 over the issue of lay representation at the Conference levels and other issues and the Methodist Episcopal Church, North and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South which were split in 1844 over the issue of slavery. These denominations were reunited forming the Methodist Church, however the road of the reunification was not easy at all. The sad part of the reunion was that blacks are segregated into a separate Central Jurisdiction. It is known that for southern whites, the reunification was the last step toward bringing the church into the nation’s…show more content…
Southerners had incorporated a more democratic policy in 1939 in their polity, but such a distance from tradition did not include a change in racial attitudes and how they view people of different color and race. Thus, even while the national church preached a gospel of racial equality, the white supremacist doctrine of the MECS influenced southern Methodist congregations for many…show more content…
Thus planed passed in General Conferences of the other two churches. From the beginning Methodism had never been protected to the racial dilemma. Since the beginning of the movement, preachers had proclaimed individual piety but, outside the walls of the church, they confronted the blunt realities of slavery. Thus, the 1939 reunification of Methodism intensely altered the polity of American Methodism, but at the same time regional influences were constant reminders of the nation’s racial divisions. While most black Methodists believed that church and nation were overtly racist, the Central Jurisdiction had not always been the subject of black criticism. Slowey but surely a political decision or simply a loyalty to the MEC blacks were gradually granted leadership and privilege in the church. Thus, making it the largest interracial denomination in the United States, black and white MEC members committed themselves to providing a model of racial
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