This is Episode III of a series which offers a modern animated version of the brothers who founded Methodism talking about some of the statistics and the spirit of what is now The United Methodist Church.
We hope the clips will generate lots of conversations, 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.
JW: We need to get our saddlebags in gear. I wish we could find a Twitter handle related to our roots.
CW: Remember that movie that showed how circuit riders helped spread the church across the United States? Marianna, play "Clayride"…
ROBOT VOICE: Here is a clip from Clayride.
(Scene from "Clayride") Now we have our fussin and fighting and fits but we're still called United Methodists.
JW: Ahh, yes…I like to think about how we fight but we come together because we want the same things…
CW: …how we worked to end slavery; and support workers,
JW: … how we included women; and stood for social justice, and cared for Creation,
CW:…responded to disasters; and worked for reconciliation when we hurt people of color.
JW: We went from being a Holy Club in England to being a global movement. And you can see some of our social holiness on social media…
CW: And whether we carry a phone or a flood bucket or a holy Bible, we can still be the hands and feet of Christ
JW: And be a part of a network that's stronger than any digital platform.
CW: True brother. And we didn't even talk about potluck recipes for Pinterest…
JW: Maybe later Charles.
Suggested discussion questions:
Do you know why saddlebags are important to the UMC? What do you know about circuit riders?
How have you seen the work of the UMC in the world?
What images would you share on social media to show what it means to be United Methodist?
Find more discussion questions and helps here.
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.