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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.                  13

on  Lovely Lane, now German street; this was the first Methodist
meeting-house in Baltimore.  The second meeting-house now stands
on Dallas street, then Strawberry Alley, and belongs to the Centen-
nial Church congregation.  Among these two Societies there was a
goodly number of colored members.
MRS. SUSIE I. SHORTER AT THE OCTOGENENIAL CELEBRATION OF BISHOP
                              PAYNE
said: "In this, our beloved America, where the chains of slavery have
long since been broken, where we can serve God north, east, south,
west, and fear no evil, two classes composed of negroes were organ-
ized in 1766. Methodist class north by Phillip Embry, consisting of
five members-a woman in the midst; Methodist class south by
Robert Strawbridge, consisting of twelve members. One was a wo-
man, Anna Switzer, who lived in a family of white christians whose
name she bore. They afterward moved to Brownsville, Penn., where
Miss Bell Switzer, a descendant, taught in the negro Subbath-school.
One of her bright-eyed boys-whose first teacher she was--was Poor
Ben, who labored and ascended the ladder of true christian progress,
round by round, and is to-day before you one of the greatest of all men,
black or white, of the Century in which he lives.  Bishop, leader, brother,
friend, beloved by all on account of his pleasing manner, and yet,
he owes all his true greatness, all his suecess in life, to his dear mother
who led him in the right way."
      It will be seen that our connection with the branches are com-
plete--one in England, one in New York, one at Sam's Creek. We
have the source of our stream and the chain of ancestry complete,
the abstract is perfect in its connection with the fountain-head of
Methodism.
     Methodism in the past, Methodism in the present and Methodism
in the future: or, what did the fathers do, what are we doing and
what will our children do with their heritage; are the interogations of
the hour.  What has been the effect of the doctrine, policy and prac-
tice of Methodism upon individual life? Has it contributed to the
stability and purity of the family?  Has it elevated the moral and
intellectual status of society?  What has been its mission to the head,
the heart and the home of mankind?  What has been its position
upon the public questions of slavery and freedom?  How has it stood




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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