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Addendum to United Methodist Quiz: Dads Edition


1. True or False: Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, has no recorded words in Scripture.

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Statue of Joseph stands in St. Henry Catholic Church, Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The answer is true.

Most of what is written about Joseph is in the first two books of Matthew and the second and third chapters of Luke. But although we read of the obedience and strength of character of Joseph, nowhere in the New Testament do we find his spoken words.

Read more:
Lessons from Joseph, Jesus’ ‘old man’

2. A pastor in the Church of England, what was the first name of John Wesley's father?

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Portrait of Samuel Wesley, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The correct answer is Samuel.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, Samuel Wesley was a writer, a poet, and pastor in the Church of England. He and wife Susanna had nineteen children. The children were taught reading, morals, and religion.

As a young man, John Wesley was forced to make a difficult decision between an offer from his father, and his calling to America. Read about it here.

Discover more:
Chuck Knows Church: John Wesley
Account of the Life of John Wesley

3. Which dad was the longest serving bishop in The United Methodist Church?

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Bishop Emilio J. M. DeCarvalho, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

The correct answer is Bishop Emilio de Carvalho. 

Bishop Emilio de Carvalho was the first African to serve as president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, from 1991 to 1992. He studied in Brazil and the United States, where he was ordained deacon at the Wisconsin Annual Conference.

He returned to Angola, and in 1972 was elected to the episcopacy. He and his wife Marilina have three children.

Read more:
Bishop Carvalho's biography
United Methodist Bishop Firsts

4. When were the first United Methodist father and daughter ordained together?

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The Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe and her father, the Rev. Alan Nagel were ordained at the same time. Photo by Hugh Scott, Oklahoma Annual Conference.

The correct answer is 2016.

On June 1, 2016, the Rev. Alan Nagel got the best early Father’s Day present when he was ordained at the same time as his daughter, the Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe. In fact, it was the third such blessing, since they also received their commissioning for ministry and graduated together from the same seminary, the Saint Paul School of Theology.

Read about their parallel paths toward their callings:
A Church First: United Methodist father, daughter ordained same day.

5. True or false: The first Father’s Day church service was held at a Methodist Church.

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Central United Methodist Church, courtesy of Central United Methodist Church, Fairmont, WV.

The correct answer is true.

The small town of Fairmont, West Virginia boasts the first Father’s Day service in the U.S., held on July 5, 1908. The inspiration for the event was the deadliest coal-mining accident in American history. Find out how friends and family still celebrate this legacy at what is now Central United Methodist Church.

Learn more:
Methodist ties to Father's Day
Litany of Peace for Father’s Day

6. What Methodist daughter first proposed an official day to honor fathers?

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Sonora Smart Dodd (second from right) visits with Boy Scouts and a Civil War veteran in Spokane, Wash., in this undated photograph. Photo courtesy of the Dodd family.

The correct answer is Sonora Smart Dodd.

After listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father, William. A widowed farmer, he raised six children by himself. The city of Spokane, Washington officially celebrated Father’s Day for the first time on June 19, 1920, William Smart’s birthday.

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Early Father's Day events

7. Which of the following is true of the “Father of the U.S.” George Washington?

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George Washington, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The correct answer is all of the above.

George Washington was recognized by the American Kennel Club for his continuous work with dogs. He owned hounds from both England and France, and carefully bred them to produce a breed that was “a superior dog, one that had speed, sense, and brains.” His journals reveal Washington owned more than 30 of the dogs, and their names included Tipsy, Drunkard, and Tipler!

8. What is the oldest Methodist structure in Pennsylvania, named after one of the founding fathers of The United Methodist Church?

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Boehm's Chapel in 1883, photo courtesy of Boehm's Chapel,

The correct answer is Boehm’s Chapel.

The chapel is named after Martin Boehm, who became a leader of the United Brethren in Christ, a predecessor of the UMC. Born in 1725 in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Martin Boehm was the father of eight children. He felt uneasy in his role as pastor until a personal experience with God led him to preach to larger crowds in the area. Boehm donated land to the Methodists to build a church, now called Boehm’s Chapel.

Read more:
Boehm’s Chapel, a Heritage Landmark of The United Methodist Church
The Church of the United Brethren in Christ

9. Who is remembered as the “Father of Methodist Missions”?

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Thomas Coke, illustration courtesy of General Commission on Archives and History.

The correct answer is Thomas Coke.

An English priest, he was a contemporary of John Wesley and president of the Methodist Church in Ireland. Missionary work was in his blood, and he visited America nine times. In 1784, Coke was appointed first bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America along with Francis Asbury. His travels also took him to places like the West Indies, Sierra Leone, and Gibraltar.

Read more:
History: Thomas Coke
Does Methodism have a usable past?

10. Which U.S. president signed the law making Father’s Day a federal holiday?

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Richard M. Nixon, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The correct answer is Richard Nixon.

Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of Father’s Day, Calvin Coolidge publicly supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in the U.S., and Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation in support of the holiday. However, Father’s Day wasn’t permanent until Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Mother’s Day became official in 1914.

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This quiz was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN. Contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.

This content was first posted on June 9, 2017.