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The Eighth Historical Convocation

“Diversity: It’s Complicated”

The Eighth Historical Convocation is a joint meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History, The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History, and the Commission on Archives and History of The Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. This year's theme is "Diversity: It's Complicated."

Garrett-Evangelical faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend individual sessions, free of charge. The sessions open to all are in bold below.

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Schedule of Events (Abbreviated)

Monday, July 20

  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Historical Society of The United Methodist Church Board meeting
  • 7 p.m. Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary: Opening with greetings from area Bishop and Garrett-Evangelical President and entertainment

Tuesday, July 21

  • 9 a.m.  Room 205:  Business meeting (Jurisdiction with HSUMC and other participants attending)
  • 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Room 205: President’s Inaugural Lecture by Dr. Priscilla Pope Levison of Seattle Pacific University
  • 1 p.m. Room 205:  Lecture by Dr. M. Rene Johnson of Michigan on Native American Methodist preachers in the upper Midwest.
  • 2:15 p.m. Break
  • 2:30 p.m.  Room 205:  Business meeting (Jurisdiction with HSUMC and other participants attending)
  • 6 p.m.  Banquet at Evanston First United Methodist Church with HSUMC awards (Ministry of Memory, Saddlebag Selection), a brief presentation on the ministry of First Church, and perhaps a facility tour with emphasis on the Church’s new Archives Room.

Wednesday, July 22 Tour Day

The Tour Day will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Frances Willard House and Museum in Evanston.  At 8:45 a.m. we will board buses to drive by several sites significant to United Methodist history on the Northside of Chicago.  We will have lunch, a tour, and a brief program at First United Methodist Church, Chicago (the Chicago Temple).  In the afternoon, we will drive by Southside sites and stop at the new National Park Service Pullman Neighborhood location (including Greenstone United Methodist Church).  We will finish the day with dinner at St. Mark United Methodist Church (formerly of the Lexington Conference, Central Jurisdiction).

At 7 p.m. at St. Mark, we will have a lecture by Dr. William (Bobby) McClain on the Central Jurisdiction.

Thursday, July 23

  • 9 a.m.  Room 205  Lecture by Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung, Director of the United Library at Garrett-Evangelical on the archival implications of the theme of the event.
  • 10 a.m.  Break
  • 10:15 a.m. Room 205:  Business meeting (HSUMC with Jurisdiction and other participants attending)
  • Adjourn with lunch
July 20, 2015 - July 23, 2015

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201