For Unity in the Church   Leave a comment

Above:  Delegates to the 1858 General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Image Source = Library of Congress


Prayer Source = Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), a forebear of the The United Methodist Church (1968-) broke away from the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939) over the question of slavery; the Southerners were for it.  In particular, the question was whether a bishop (namely James Osgood Andrew) could own slaves and continue in his office.


Help each one of us, gracious God,

to live in such magnanimity and restraint

that the head of the church

may never have cause to say to us:

This is my body, broken by you.


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