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Traveling the Circuit: John Street Church, New York

July 24, 2017

“Philip, you must preach to us, or we shall all go to Hell together and God will require our blood at your hands!” Safe to say, this is not a typical reaction to seeing friends playing a hand of cards. Then again, Barbara von Ruckle Heck was not...

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Traveling the Circuit: Willamette Heritage Center

July 12, 2017

Methodism’s influence sometimes surfaces in surprising places and unexpected ways. If your education was like mine, you were taught that the first settlers in the Pacific Northwest in the wake of Lewis and Clark were the trappers and traders...

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Traveling the Circuit: Historic St. George’s

April 7, 2017

How wonderful the Dispensations of Providence! Surely the very hairs of our heads are all numbered. These words, taken from the journal of the Rev. Joseph Pilmore (or Pilmoor), John Wesley’s designated organizer for the Methodist societies in...

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Traveling the Circuit: A Very Special “Mother” in Philadelphia

February 15, 2017

The savvy traveler knows that there is a whole world of places to explore which are important for our Methodist heritage, but do not have the word “United” anywhere in their name. Among the most significant – and beautiful – of these can be...

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Traveling the Circuit: Gems in the Heart of the Old West

January 8, 2017

Where can the United Methodist traveler find a building that’s an historic treasure with a rich history, home to a missionally vital church – and within easy reach of a strategic strong point for connectional outreach? The answer may surprise...

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Traveling the Circuit: A Trio of Historical Places in Northern Virginia

January 3, 2017

There are three places on the Virginia side of the Potomac that the savvy Methodist won’t want to miss. Say “Old Town Alexandria,” and the mind goes to trendy restaurants, heritage buildings, or maybe places where General Washington lay his head...

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