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17 June 1703
Birth of Methodist Founder John Wesley

Birth of Methodist Founder John Wesley

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14 October 1735
Methodist Founder John Wesley and Brother Charles go to America

Methodist Founder John Wesley and Brother Charles go to America

24 May 1738
Founder of Methodism John Wesley Has Religious Conversion

Founder of Methodism John Wesley Has Religious Conversion

25 June 1744
First Methodist Conference Held at Old King's Foundry in London

First Methodist Conference Held at Old King's Foundry in London

28 February 1784
John Wesley Creates Formal Charter That Becomes Wesleyan Methodism

John Wesley Creates Formal Charter That Becomes Wesleyan Methodism

2 September 1784
Thomas Coke Consecrated First Bishop in Methodist Episcopal Church

Thomas Coke Consecrated First Bishop in Methodist Episcopal Church

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12 April 1787
Richard Allen Founds Free African Society in Philadelphia to Help Fugitive Slaves

Richard Allen Founds Free African Society in Philadelphia to Help Fugitive Slaves

11 June 1789
Richard Allen Ordained Deacon of Methodist Episcopal Church

Richard Allen Ordained Deacon of Methodist Episcopal Church

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2 March 1791
Death of John Wesley, Founder of Methodism

Death of John Wesley, Founder of Methodism

3 March 1794
African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Founded by Richard Allen

African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Founded by Richard Allen

29 July 1794
Richard Allen Opens Bethel African Church

Richard Allen Opens Bethel African Church

1 July 1800
Earliest Methodist Camp Meeting in U.S. Held in Logan County Kentucky

Earliest Methodist Camp Meeting in U.S. Held in Logan County Kentucky

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9 April 1816
Under Richard Allen's Leadership the African Methodist Episcopal Church Created in Philadelphia

Under Richard Allen's Leadership the African Methodist Episcopal Church Created in Philadelphia

11 April 1816
Richard Allen Becomes First Bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Church

Richard Allen Becomes First Bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Church

26 March 1831
Death of Richard Allen, Founder of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Death of Richard Allen, Founder of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

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1 May 1845
Southern Methodists Form New Denomination Over Slavery

Southern Methodists Form New Denomination Over Slavery

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2 July 1865
Methodist Preacher William Booth Starts Tent Meetings in Whitechapel, the Start of Salvation Army

Methodist Preacher William Booth Starts Tent Meetings in Whitechapel, the Start of Salvation Army

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8 May 1915
Death of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Death of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

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5 March 1920
Birth of Leontine Kelly, First Black Female Methodist Bishop

Birth of Leontine Kelly, First Black Female Methodist Bishop

15 July 1923
Methodist Review's Editor Dr. George Elliott Says William Jennings Bryan is Superficial in Education

Methodist Review's Editor Dr. George Elliott Says William Jennings Bryan is Superficial in Education

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27 May 1924
Methodist Episcopal Church Repeals Ban on Dancing, Card Playing, Circuses, Theater

Methodist Episcopal Church Repeals Ban on Dancing, Card Playing, Circuses, Theater

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10 July 1925
Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

Jury Selection Begins in the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee

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12 July 1925
Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

Methodist Congregation Protests Guest Pastor Preaching in Defense of Evolution

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17 January 1939

Methodists Denounce Vatican as Pro-Franco and Pro-Fascist

10 May 1939
Methodist Churches Unite After 109 Years of Separation

Methodist Churches Unite After 109 Years of Separation

7 July 1948
Methodist Bishop Oxnam Criticizes War on Communism

Methodist Bishop Oxnam Criticizes War on Communism

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8 December 1948
House Committee on Un-American Activities is Called Un-American itself by Methodist Bishop

House Committee on Un-American Activities is Called Un-American itself by Methodist Bishop

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27 November 1951
Bishop Arthur Moore Claims U.S. Urgently Needs Religion and Complains About Secularism

Bishop Arthur Moore Claims U.S. Urgently Needs Religion and Complains About Secularism

21 December 1951
Reverend Refuses to Tell What He Knows in Lawsuit Over Dismissal of Atheist from Fairmont State College

Reverend Refuses to Tell What He Knows in Lawsuit Over Dismissal of Atheist from Fairmont State College

21 July 1953
Methodist Bishop Oxnam Appears Before House Committee on Un-American Activities

Methodist Bishop Oxnam Appears Before House Committee on Un-American Activities

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22 July 1960
Public School Superintendant: Religious Instruction Should Stay in Schools

Public School Superintendant: Religious Instruction Should Stay in Schools

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23 April 1968

Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Churches Unite to Form United Methodist Church

26 August 1987

Methodist Church Suspends Lesbian Minister Rose Denman

0 May 1988
United Methodist Church Rejects Value of Pluralism

United Methodist Church Rejects Value of Pluralism

15 July 1994
United Methodist Church Rev. Jeanne Powers Announces She is Gay

United Methodist Church Rev. Jeanne Powers Announces She is Gay

25 April 1996
United Methodist Church Rejects Change to Church Law About Homosexuality

United Methodist Church Rejects Change to Church Law About Homosexuality

16 January 1999

Methodist Minsters Bless Same-Sex Union in California

0 March 1999
Former Zimbabwe President and Methodist Minister Cannan Banana Convicted of Sexual Assault

Former Zimbabwe President and Methodist Minister Cannan Banana Convicted of Sexual Assault

0 March 1999

Methodist Church Suspends Rev. Gregory Dell for Presiding Over Same-Sex Ceremony

17 November 1999
Methodist Minister Rev. Jimmy Creech is Defrocked for Presiding Over Same-Sex Ceremony

Methodist Minister Rev. Jimmy Creech is Defrocked for Presiding Over Same-Sex Ceremony

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20 March 2004
Methodist Church Jury Acquits Lesbian Minister of Violating Church Rules

Methodist Church Jury Acquits Lesbian Minister of Violating Church Rules

4 May 2004
Methodist High Court Won't Review Decision to Let Lesbian Remain a Minister

Methodist High Court Won't Review Decision to Let Lesbian Remain a Minister

4 May 2004
United Methodist Church Votes Against Gays and Lesbian Ministers

United Methodist Church Votes Against Gays and Lesbian Ministers

 
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