Bishop John Heyl Vincent’s Influence on the Creation of Our Social Creed
How well do you know your Social Creed history? The Social Creed did not develop in a spiritual vacuum. Rather, its formation was influenced by both Methodist Episcopal Church clergy and laity leaders embracing a Social Gospel in order to work with immigrants and the poor as part of their ministry as well as other societal needs.
“Perhaps no person had a greater overall impact on the Methodist Episcopal Church at the end of the 19th century than John H. Vincent. Vincent led a change in children’s Sunday School curriculum, was one of the initial proponents of a youth organization, started the Chautauqua movement which initially focused on Sunday School teacher training, and as a bishop influenced the training of ministers. Indirectly, Vincent played a critical role in altering the MEC perspective on what came to be known as the Social Gospel and ultimately on the creation of the Methodist Social Creed.”
Dr. Kevin Newberg will be delivering the keynote address on Bishop Vincent’s influence on the Social Creed. Newberg is the Assistant Professor Christianity at Drew Theological School. He is also the pastor of the Livingston UMC. There will be a walking tour following the meeting of local historical interest. There is a $10 registration fee to attend. Click here to download a registration form and meeting agenda or contact June McCulloch.