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Wesleys Take the Web: Episode I

This is the first episode in a series of three short videos that offer a modern animated version of the brothers who founded Methodism talking about how the denomination started.

We hope you will watch and share these clips, whether with your confirmation class, new member class, Sunday school group or in other settings. We've even provided some talking points after each script to get you started. Some discussion questions are suggested below to help get the conversation started.

Learn more about the history of The United Methodist Church. Watch Episode II and Episode III.

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CW: Hey brother, what are you up to?

JW: Takin' it to the streets--or screens--Submitting to be more vile.

CW: These days it's viral.

JW: Trying to pick an Instagram name cause you know the worldwide web is my parish. 

CW: Oh, that's easy, Bible Moth.

JW: You mean the nickname people used to call us at college, cause they thought we studied Scripture too much?

CW: Yeah, that's right, or Sacramentarians, cause we liked to take communion frequently. Like that's a bad thing…

JW: Those early days of the movement were great. I love seeing the folks from the Holy Club on our Facebook page. And to see how far they spread the word past Oxford and England…

CW: To think we started so many years ago, and our "method" of fasting and spiritual practices that gave us the name Methodists is still part of our identity.

JW: Going with Bible Moths. Now for a good avatar…

Suggested discussion questions:

What do you think John Wesley meant when he said he was "submitting to be more vile"?

How did Methodism model new ways to take church outside the walls?

What Methodist nicknames do you like best and why?

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These videos were produced as a 21st century follow up to the popular clip known as "Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History."  Find out more about the making of "Clayride" from the artists who created that 1984 classic.

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.
This video was first posted on April 20, 2018.

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