United Methodist Church logo. The cross and flame logo of The United Methodist Church is a mark known the world over. But, what is the meaning and history of this interesting logo? Chuck tells you about it.
We are tossed and driven
on the restless sea of time;
somber skies and howling tempests
oft succeed a bright sunshine;
in that land of perfect day,
when the mists have rolled away,
we will understand it better by and by.
Charles Albert Tindley (July 7, 1851 – July 26, 1933) was an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer.
Often referred to as “The Prince of Preachers”, he educated himself, became a minister and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations serving the African-American community on the East Coast of the United States.
He was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the twentieth century. Hymnologist James Abbington has called Tindley a “pastor, orator, poet, writer, theologian, social activist, ‘father of African American Hymnody,’ ‘progenitor of African American gospel music’ and ‘prince of preachers.'”
The Rev. Carlton Young notes “We’ll Understand It Better By and By” was “one of eight hymns . . . written during a difficult period in Tindley’s life.”
One can imagine Tindley using this song to punctuate his sermons, offering hope to those assembled not only through exegesis of the biblical text, but also through a lyrical sung theology.
From “The Lawrence Welk Show,” Gail, Rod, and Michael are featured in this great Gospel song found in the United Methodist Hymnal (page 525). Join with them in song as they encourage every Christian: “WE’LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY”
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By action of the 2012 General Conference, there are currently forty-six Heritage Landmarks of The United Methodist Church. Five new Heritage Landmarks were designated by the General Conference with three outside the United States. These are in the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. The Book of Discipline defines a Heritage Landmark as “a building, location, or structure specifically related to significant events, developments, or personalities in the overall history of The United Methodist Church or its antecedents.”
The Heritage Landmarks of United Methodism remind us of those people and events that have shaped our history. They are tangible reminders of our heritage and their preservation helps keep our denominational legacy alive. For further information about the forty-six Heritage Landmarks or to learn how a place becomes so designated, please contact the General Secretary, General Commission on Archives and History, P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Material in this guide may be copied by local churches, Heritage Landmarks, and other agencies of The United Methodist Church without further approval.
Introduction: Look to the rock from which you were hewn… The United Methodist Story in its Heritage Landmarks
Old Otterbein Church, Baltimore
Robert Strawbridge House, New Windsor
Cokesbury College Site, Abingdon
Lovely Lane Meetinghouse Site, Baltimore
United Brethren Founding Sites Cluster, Frederick and Washington Counties
Old McKendree Chapel, near Jackson
Albright Chapel, Kleinfeltersville
Boehm’s Chapel, Willow Street
First Church Building and Publishing House, Evangelical Association, New Berlin
First United Methodist Church, Johnstown
Isaac Long’s Barn, Landis Valley, Lititz
St. George’s Church, Philadelphia
Simpson House “Olde Main Building,” Philadelphia
Zoar United Methodist Church, Philadelphia
Deadwood Cluster, Deadwood
Rehoboth Church and Museum, Union
College of West Africa, Monrovia
Mary Johnston Hospital, Manila
Old Mutare Mission