Northern and Southern Factions of the Methodist Episcopal Church Reunite
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The issue of slavery in America divided the Methodist Episcopal Church into northern and southern branches in 1844, but as the past conflicts surrounding the Civil War faded, both denominations began to discuss a reunion in the late 19th century. Since they were similar in terms of theology and organizational structure, a merger made sense, but it took several decades to come to fruition.

In the spring of 1939, a conference finally reunited the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
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Notice for 1939 Uniting Conference- Internet Archive- from the Methodist Protestant Herald, vol 45 (1939)
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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