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WE STILL BELIEVE: Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church

 

Produced on the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Uniting Conference, this brief film is well suited for local churches and annual conferences to help celebrate 50 years of The United Methodist Church transforming the world. The denomination’s Social Creed is set against the sweeping history of the Wesleyan movement, from John Wesley being saved from a fire in his childhood home, to the contemporary events that helped shaped the denomination’s birth. Using historical and contemporary imagery, the film is a moving tribute to how The United Methodist Church has helped shaped history.

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Transcript:
Our roots go deep...
Is not this a brand plucked from the burning...
I felt my heart strangely warmed...
At last I know that he has taken away my sins. I know now that I never could have worked out my own salvation. It is a gift freely bestowed, a gift of the Most High God. My friends that great gift is mine tonight!
Here we are this morning gathered together from all over the world and from all sorts and conditions of men to celebrate a birthday, our birthday as The United Methodist Church.
For 50 years we have always believed in God, creator of the world. The world is in furious and agonizing turmoil, incomprehensible and unmanageable...and in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of creation.
The church is in radical crisis and in the throes of profound demoralization at every level. In such times business as usual simply will not get our business done.
We have always believed in the Holy Spirit. There are specific issues coming before the conference-- race and riots, war and peace, ecumenism. I think it's the responsibility of the church to gear itself up to be a part of God's activity in this world.
We affirm the natural world as God's handiwork. Let me say that there are a number of us who hope that by the persuasion and coercion and pressure that we can bring to bear, that we can sensitize the minds and eyes and hearts of people by which they can then in fact take a decisive action in regards to making this a racially inclusive Church
(Clip of TV show) "Catch the spirit."
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community: sexuality, marriage, and the family. We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging and people with disabilities to improvement of the quality of life, to the rights and dignity of all persons. We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations and to individual freedom for all people of the world. In such times, business as usual simply will not get our business done.
Open doors means you are just willing to take your time and do all these wonderful things to help other people.
We have to make sure that people without a prayer have one.
We will always believe in the present and final triumph of God's Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world.
The United Methodist Church--50 years of transforming the world.

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This film was produced by Discipleship Ministries and The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) in cooperation with United Methodist Communications (UMCom).
Follow coverage at #UMC50, and learn more about the first 50 years of The United Methodist Church.

This video was posted on May 3, 2018.