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From: Helen Harris <>
Subject: Re: Brethern/United Brethren
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 08:58:17 -0400
To the best of my knowledge they are the same.
P.S. Thanks for the nice words!
At 04:39 AM 7/29/97 -0400, you wrote:
>In a message dated 97-07-29 02:50:57 EDT, you write:
> The United Brethern Church was originally a German speaking church. In fact
> they were sometimes called German Methodists.
> For early German speaking members, a German speaking minister was important.
> Over time, as the number of German speakers decreased the German language
> became less important. After a while it was no draw at all. In my hometown
> there was a United Brethern Church on one corner and a Methodist Church on
> another corner only one block away. As the theology was identical, the only
> reason for the existence of the two churches was history. The formal union
> was in the late 1960's (1967 or 8???). The United Brethern who had
> previously combined with the Evangelical Church to form the Evangelical
> United Brethern combined with the Methodists to form the United Methodists.
> I have not seen a genealogy site devoted to Methodists. One might bne very
> interesting as the Methodists had circuit riders on the frontier. One of my
> ancestors who signed his name with asn"X" was elected secretary of one early
> church. I would dearly love to find those records ...if they exist!
> Helen Staats Harris
>Thank you, very much for the time you spent providing some of us with an
>explanation. This now explains to me why my grandparents were married in a
>Methodist Church in 1920...who were descended from the "United Brethren
>Clergyman". I do have another question....is a minister and a clergyman the
>same or different positions in the church? This is probably a "no brainer"
>question, but I want to know.
>Thanks again for your help!