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Mission partnership in Eurasia continues to grow
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This summer, the Rev. Rod Miller, a retired Elder in the BWC, taught at the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow. There, he encountered students who are starting small covenant groups in predominantly Islamic communities, launching a coffee house in a church, building a school for the Roma people...

Traveling the Circuit #12: Odelltown Church
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If your travels take you to upstate New York or northern Vermont, it might just be worth your time to slip across the frontier to where some significant landmarks of Canadian Methodism await the modern “circuit rider.” One of these is the Odelltown Church, located in the Lacolle...

Traveling the Circuit #11: Old Hay Bay Church
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By Charles L. Harrell the old hay bay church On the shore of an inlet off Lake Ontario stands a stout but charming frame building, the oldest structure of the United Church of Canada.  Known as the Old Hay Bay Church, it was actually founded as a Methodist chapel, the first...

Traveling the Circuit: Bridgetown Church
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On the edge of Queen Anne's County, Maryland, close to the geographical center of the Delmarva Peninsula, stands a tiny but significant sentinel of Methodist history. If walls could speak, the stories these could tell would surely make for a dramatic miniseries. It's not the first...

Traveling the Circuit: Dudley's Chapel
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In Queen Anne County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore stands one of the oldest Methodist chapels in America. It was built in 1783 along Red Lyon Branch on a 1.5-acre parcel known as “Sarah’s Portion” that had been donated by Joshua Dudley, a local farmer.  Dudley’s Chapel – earlier known as Queen...

Traveling the Circuit: Rehoboth Church and Museum
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Edward Keenan’s conversion to the warm-hearted religion of the Methodists occurred about twenty miles away from the picturesque hollow where Old Rehoboth Church has sat for more than two hundred years.  Keenan, a Roman Catholic immigrant from Ireland who had long been well-disposed toward the...

Traveling the Circuit: John Street Church, New York
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“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 typical, either. A native of the Palatinate (part...