John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of the Methodist movement, never intended to start his own denomination, but that is exactly what happened in 1784 when the Methodist Episcopal Church was established in the United States. Although Wesley himself would remain a member of the Church of England for his entire life, the foundation of a new church in the nascent United States was necessary to keep the Methodist movement there alive.
Religion of the Heart: John Wesley and the Methodist Legacy in America draws upon the Pitts Theology Library's extensive Wesleyana holdings. The exhibition looks at two aspects of the Methodist story: (1) its rise and development in England and (2) its establishment and history in the United States. The exhibition explores issues related to church government, race, slavery, and gender as they relate to the United Methodist Church and its preceding denominations. As the United Methodist Church celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2018, this exhibition provides a context not only for looking back at the previous fifty years, but to three centuries’ worth of history that contributed to what the church is today.
All are invited to view the exhibition any time the library is open (see full library hours at http://pitts.emory.edu/about/hours.cfm). We are also pleased to offer free exhibition tours. Register at http://pitts.emory.edu/exhibits/tours.cfm