The next Roots and Branches Convocation will be Saturday April 18 at the Clark Library at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant from 10 am – 3 pm with lunch included. The theme will be “Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church”. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Melanie Young, pastor of Ovid United Methodist Church and past Chairperson of the former West Michigan Commission on Archives and History.
Other topics will be “The Story of Rev. Anna Howard Shaw: First Woman Ordained by the Michigan Protestant Church” presented by SMU Student Intern Joyce Vanderlip serving at Fenton UMC and “The Identifiable Methodist Protestant Church still in Michigan” presented by William McNitt, former archivist at the Bentley Historical Library and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Annual Meeting of the Society will also take place.
Persons from the entire Michigan area – especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it, clergy and lay will want to attend.
As part of this convocation, certificates will be presented to those churches that are celebrating anniversaries in 25 year increments – 100 years – 1920, 125 – 1895, 150 – 1870, 175 – 1845, 200 – 1820. Those churches who are celebrating one of these anniversaries this year will need to notify MAUMCHS by April 9 in order for certificates to be prepared. (Contact Diana Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 989-426-2644 with questions or to get the application for the certificates.) Hopefully a representative of each church being recognized will be able to attend the convocation.