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Aldersgate: Holy Spirit Theology in the UK

In a few weeks, I will be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church, and there is a connection to Aldersgate Day which falls on May 24 this year. We will remember the day in worship on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Part of my long spiritual journey through time was a trip through place to the UK, which included a stop at Aldersgate in London in April 2016. Many visiting London may not see Aldersgate as a critical destination but United Methodists visit the location as part of a Methodist pilgrimage.

It was at Aldersgate in 1738, that John Wesley, the founder of the Methodism, experienced the Holy Spirit. Wesley described his transformation:

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.

During my brief time at Aldersgate, I reflected on how the Holy Spirit is central to my theology and experience.

Photos Dianne Glave

Video by Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff

Edited by William Jacka

Sanctuary Charlotte Church: Thriving African American Worship

 

With Dr. Percy Reeves, pastor of Sanctuary

With Dr. Percy Reeves, pastor of Sanctuary

In this world where segregation and racism remains painfully strong, I often wonder about the desire by many for a diverse church where people of different ethnicities serve and worship together. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be part of just that church. Yet in reality getting to more diverse churches and worship remains an obstacle.

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So in the interim, I often return to what is familiar to me: an African American church like Sanctuary Charlotte Church. In some ways, my experience there reflected traditional elements: call to worship, an offering, a sermon, and a benediction. These elements were clearly stated or alluded to.

Sanctuary Charlotte Church combined these traditional elements with contemporary worship creating something new. I experienced a joyous service in the African American tradition with call and response and vibrant music but in very modern ways. Technology abounded but enhanced rather than veiled the Word and worship.

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Black Clergy Seek to Bridge “Green” Gap

Black Clergy Seek to Bridge “Green” Gap

“At Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, members and neighbors buy fruits and vegetables from a black farmers market and work in an organic garden named after botanist George Washington Carver . . .

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