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Methodism in the American Forest

Russell E. Richey


Methodism found its home in the American forest. It was quickly learned that only a fool would, in the new country, adhere to John Wesley’s mandate for preaching in fields. Under the blazing American sun, Methodist preachers found a better outdoors “sanctuary” for larger gatherings. In forested shade, a natural cathedral, they held forth with fervid sermons. Traveling relentlessly and overnighting with settlers, the preachers lacked side chapels for personal spiritual comfort, guidance, release, and encouragement. So for counsel from the Holy Spirit, they sought remote Gethsemane-gardenlike so ... More

Keywords: Methodism, John Wesley, forest, camp meeting, quarterly meetings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199359622
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell E. Richey, author
Duke Divinity School, Visiting Professor