The New Manifesto

In the past two years I have continually asked myself what would Benjamin Titus Roberts, Clara Wetherald, Ida Gage, Marriet Hardy Freeland or other early Free Methodist pioneers do in society today? I’m not sure in all parts of the United States people attending Free Methodist churches are actually living out the social action call these individuals inspire me to live out daily. When I … Continue reading The New Manifesto

What Does a Denomination Strive For?

As I have time, I’m beginning to reflect on the words of the early Free Methodists and the writings they published. The Free Methodist General Conference is approaching in July 2015 in Orlando, Florida. I hope these reflections from early church writings will help us prepare for General Conference. At the end of I have some discussion questions if people wish to share this in … Continue reading What Does a Denomination Strive For?

What Makes a Free Methodist Feminist

I’m re-posting this entry since I now have more readers than I did when I originally posted it in May. It’s my manifesto for what I believe and what I research. Occasionally I’m asked why I call myself a feminist. Now that my blog is getting a few readers I’m getting this question more often. The concept of a “Free Methodist Feminist” seems like an … Continue reading What Makes a Free Methodist Feminist

Ida Gage’s Ministry

Information on Ida Gage and her personal life are difficult to come by. I hope as I do archival research in Wood County, Ohio, next week that I will find out more about her Bowling Green Circuit. I am also hoping that the Free Methodist Magazine archives will shed light on Ida’s personal life. The magazine certainly helped outline Clara Wetherald’s ministry and life, and … Continue reading Ida Gage’s Ministry

Emma Ray and Eliza Suggs Writing and Wesleyan Rhetoric

Free Methodist founder B.T. Roberts felt strongly that the antebellum Methodist Episcopal Church had forgotten the vision of John Wesley. Thus, it is not surprising that the early Free Methodist publications, including Roberts own magazine The Earnest Christian, strongly resembled Wesley’s Arminian Magazine.  In fact, Methodist conversion narratives changed little from the time of Wesley in the 18th century to the narratives of Suggs and … Continue reading Emma Ray and Eliza Suggs Writing and Wesleyan Rhetoric