Epworth League Sixth International Convention notebook
The Epworth League was a Methodist ministry to and by youth and young adults developed “to promote intelligent and vital piety in the young members and friends of the Church, to aid them in the attainment of purity of heart and constant growth in grace, and to train them in works of mercy and help.” The organization had roots in The Oxford League, a ministry started by Chautauqua co-founder Rev. John H. Vincent in 1884. The Methodist Episcopal Church officially adopted the Oxford League in 1888-1889 and named it The Epworth League. The Methodist Episcopal Church, South joined the Epworth League in 1890, creating a pan-Methodist organization designed to serve the spiritual and social needs of “young people.” In the 1920s and 1930s, the Epworth League evolved into the Methodist Youth Fellowship and the Methodist Young Adult Fellowship.
Epworth League. Forward: Sixth International Convention; July 16-19, 1903. Detroit: Geo. Harland, 1903. http://books.google.com/books?id=BxriAAAAMAAJ.
Harmon, Nolan B. “The Epworth League.” The Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Nashville: United Methodist Pub. House, 1974.
Methodist Episcopal Church, and Edward G. Andrews. The Doctrines and Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1892: With an Appendix. New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1892.
Through the pages of this volume, an unidentified correspondent provides insights into experiences as a participant in the July 1903 international Epworth League rally held in Detroit. Speakers whose words are either transcribed or summarized in the notes are:
• Seth Ward (“The Missionary Campaign”);
• S. Earl Taylor (“Outline of the Work of the Missionary Committee”);
• George Sutherland (“Organization”);
• Bessie Brooks (“The Missionary Library”);
• H. C. McDermott (“The Epworth League and Personal Testimony”);
• W. N. Ainsworth (“The Epworth League and Our Unsaved Associates”);
• George Stewart (“Moments of Waiting”);
• H. S. Dougall (“The Epworth League and the Indifferent Multitude”);
• James M. Ogden (“The Epworth League and the Boy Problem”);
• Hiram Hull (“The Field Near at Hand”);
• Francis D. Gamewell (“The Siege of Pekin”);
• Samuel Dickie (“The Church and the Liquor Traffic”);
• John G. Woolley (on responsibility and authority);
• Bishop Charles B. Galloway (on Colossians 1:18);
• Annie E. Smiley (Children’s Meeting address);
• J. W. St. John (Children’s Meeting address);
• Mary M. Dennis (Children’s Meeting address);
• J. H. Riddell (“Christ Our King”);
• W. F. McDowell (“His Conquering Kingdom”); and
• J. J. Tigert (“My Place in the Army”).
The notebook also includes introductions to speakers, notes on the Sunday morning Love Feast at Central Methodist Church, and personal asides.
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Epworth League Sixth International Convention notebook, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
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