Comic Books Animate United Methodist History

Comic Books Animate United Methodist History


♪ (action music) ♪ (narrator) Getting roughed up by
marauders, fired on by militias, the American frontier was
a dangerous place for action heroes John Wesley
and Francis Asbury. (Alfred T. Day) These
were confirmation class
curriculum bits. I don’t know, a dozen pages. Lots of just regular comic
book kinds of stuff, telling the story of John
Wesley and Francis Asbury. (narrator) The Rev. Alfred Day
heads the church’s archive agency and collects comic books
about the founding fathers of Methodism in America. These unique antiques were
created in the 1970s to engage and educate young people
in confirmation classes. (Alfred T. Day) This is the one
where he’s getting shot at by members of a colonial militia
in America because he refused to take up arms. Not because he had a side in the
war for independence or not, but because he believed it was
against Methodist principles to take up arms. (narrator) And as the story of
United Methodism continues, the history lessons
captured here still matter. (Alfred T. Day) The cool thing
about the comic books as they relate to Wesley and Asbury is
how they talk about our being on the edge of the frontier. And I think that that’s a
message that gets reborn every generation. That’s a unique piece of our
DNA is that we’re always on the frontier, willing to go past
where others have gone to take the message of God’s love and
to bring people to some kind of experience of that. And I think it’s up to us now as
a church and maybe we’re doing it with the Four Areas of Focus,
you know, to figure out what are the new frontiers where that
message of God’s love through United Methodist lives
make a difference today. ♪ (music) ♪

David Anderson

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4 thoughts on “Comic Books Animate United Methodist History

  1. Jonathan Simmons says:

    I caught that Chuck Knows Church autograph on the coffee table.

  2. ben biggs says:

    Does anyone know where you could find these to purchase? Thanks.

  3. Fred Shaw says:

    I still have the set I used with Confirmation classes. They're a great resource.

  4. Rev. Robyn Young says:

    I have these also!

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