We celebrate the breakaway from the king of England every year, with fireworks and hot dogs. It was a turbulent and inspiring time, as a new democracy was being formed.

The Methodist church was being formed at the same time. John Wesley lived his life in England, only coming to the Colonies once, living in Georgia for less than 2 years. He was a pastor in the Church of England.

By the time the States were seeking independence, Wesley had quite a number of Methodist Circuit riders in America who had established quite a number of churches, though he continued to live in England. Wesley remained a staunch supporter of the King, and opposed independence for the colonies. It took a great deal of tumult and debate, and sharing of sympathetic stories about the needs of the colonists, before he agreed to set the American Methodists loose from the English church. It was then that “Methodist became a denomination in its own right, independent from the mother church. 

Such moves of independence are never easy or painless. Whether it's a new country breaking off from its motherland, or a church breaking into separate pieces, or a young person gaining independence, there is always struggle. Years later one might look back and not remember independence as painful – as only a firework-and-hotdog kind of remembrance will do.

Time dulls the memories. Growth changes things. And new generations have the perspective that what they know is the way things have always been. 

God bless -Jeannie