History of the United Methodist Church: Rev Steve Petty traces the journey of Methodism from the Wesleys through the present day.

AFRICAN AMERICAN METHODIST HERITAGE CENTER (AAMHC) - The history, heritage and hopes of United Methodists of African American descent are inextricably intertwined with the history, heritage and hopes of John Wesley's Methodism since its beginnings in North America. Yet, the whole church has been slow to celebrate that linkage, perhaps due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of that story of trials and triumphs.

It is not widely known that:-In 1760, the first person of African heritage to be converted to Methodism was Peter Denis; -In 1765, when Robert Strawbridge preached in Baltimore one of the speakers was a man of African heritage, Caleb Hyland who later became a member of Sharp Street Methodist Church, one of Methodism's oldest African American churches; -The first Methodist class meeting in New York included a Black woman named Betty, a servant of Barbara Heck; -John Wesley himself chided a group at Fells Point in Baltimore for failing to include a group of Black persons as full participants; -Black Harry Hosier was a great preacher and colleague of Francis Asbury and along with Richard Allen was among the attendees at the Christmas Conference of 1784, when the Methodist Church in North America was organized. And the full and rich history of African Americans in Methodism is still to unfold.


A brief history of the Catholic Church from Pentecost till today in the style of "The History Channel" or "The Discovery Channel." All the images presented are from our image library which can be found at www.AgnusImages.com.
The purpose of this video is to help Protestant Christians and others develop a better understanding of the Roman Catholic Church, its history and basic beliefs by listening to Roman Catholics tell their own story. The 35-minute program is organized into three parts: Roman Catholic beliefs, Church history, Catholic Renewal. The program includes interviews with Roman Catholic theologians, scholars, pastors and lay people. Portions of this program were recorded in Rome, Assisi, Trent and Casino, Italy.

After centuries of mistrust, indifference and even hostility, attitudes between Roman Catholics and other Christians are changing. Dialogue, cooperation and understanding is healing old wounds, locally and up to the highest organizational levels.The Roman Catholic Church is the largest block of Christianity. In the U.S. 65 million Roman Catholics are organized into 200 archdioceses and dioceses and more than 19,000 local Catholic parishes. Each year over one million infants and 70,000 adults are baptized in U.S. Roman Catholic churches. Yet for all its great size, influence and long history, many non-Roman Catholics understand very little about the largest Christian denomination.

'Hell' as an invention of the church - John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal bishop from Newark, N.J., talks about why Christianity must change its view of hell. Spong is one of the leading spokepersons for liberal Christianity.

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God in the 21st Century: Bishop John Shelby Spong at UO
Bishop John Shelby Spong presented two public lectures as the 2005 - 2006 Kritikos Professor in the Humanities. On May 24th he spoke on "Who is the Popular God in Public Life in the 21st Century?" in Columbia Hall at the University of Oregon campus. Bishop Spong, whose books have sold more than a million copies, was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. His admirers acclaim his legacy as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person —he's considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. In his latest book, "The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Discover the God of Love" (Harper San Francisco, April 2005), this visionary thinker seeks to introduce people to a proper way to engage the holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
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