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How the Methodist Church split in the 1840s

This column appears in the February 2013 issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate.  I thought that sharing some information about why the Methodist Church split before the Civil War would be interesting.   For nearly 100 years, the Methodist Episcopal Church was divided into northern and southern wings.  Sixteen years before the southern states […]

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So, What’s an Archives?

This column ran in the November issue of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate.   Archives conjure up all sorts of image, and in the popular imagination, they usually involve dust. You probably are thinking of scenes from a movie, maybe an Indiana Jones film where he dashes into a room with lots of shelves […]

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John C. Kilgo – the education bishop

My October column for the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate was about Bishop John C. Kilgo John Carlisle Kilgo has been called South Carolina Methodism’s gift to North Carolina.  His service to the church and to higher education in the two Carolinas makes him one of the most significant figures in the early twentieth century […]

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The Sancho Letter

In the September issue of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, I printed some excerpts from a letter written by a slave named Sancho.  The letter is one of the hidden treasures in the archives. It is part of the H. A. C. Walker Papers in the Wofford Archives. It’s a fascinating, painful, and moving […]

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Mary Belle Winn – A Methodist Missionary in China

This month, I began writing a column about South Carolina Methodist history for the SC United Methodist Advocate, our Annual Conference’s newspaper.  The first column appeared this week, so I’m sharing it here on the blog as well.  Several years ago, a collection of some 147 letters arrived at the Conference Archives at Wofford. These […]

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Dunc Wallace writes about John Wesley

David Duncan Wallace was one of Wofford’s more prolific scholars and authors – both in the early twentieth century and throughout the college’s history.  Today, I’m sharing an essay he published on the life of John Wesley. For the two of you who don’t know who Wesley was, he was an Anglican priest and, more […]

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A Speech to the Student Body, 1893

REMARKS GIVEN BY JAMES MARION BOYD TO NEW STUDENTS AND STUDENT BODY OF WOFFORD COLLEGE, SEPTEMBER 1893 The Rev. J. Marion Boyd was, in the fall of 1893, a member of Wofford’s Board of Trustees and a Methodist minister in South Carolina.  At the time that he gave these remarks in chapel, he was the […]

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Bishop Cyrus Dawsey and Methodism in Brazil

Nearly a dozen Wofford alumni have become bishops in the Methodist Church, and two of those have the distinction of having served as bishop in another country.  One of those, Bishop Cyrus B. Dawsey, was a missionary in Brazil for some 32 years before becoming the bishop of the Methodist Church of Brazil. Born in […]

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Presidents of Brazil?

Archives sometimes wind up with odd items in their collections, and no real explanation of how they wound up there.  I was looking through a file of unclassified photos that’s been in the vicinity of my desk for a while today and examined more closely three portraits of men I didn’t recognize.  Often we have […]

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The Methodist Advocate and Fort Sumter

In searching for an obituary in the 1861 Southern Christian Advocate earlier this week, I decided to see what the state’s Methodist newspaper had to say about the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861.  April 4, 1861 Fort Sumter stands where it did a week ago and remains the same as to occupancy […]

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