The Methodist Youth Fellowship was formally installed at the Watch Night Service, December 31, 1941. It represents the merger of youth groups from: 1. 2. 3. The Methodist Protestant Church Methodist Episcopal Church, South The Methodist Episcopal Church

These three (3) churches were joined at the Uniting Conference of 1939 at Kansas City, Missouri.

On May 15, 1889, the Epworth League (EL) of The Methodist Episcopal Church was founded at Central Methodist Episcopal Church (now Epworth-Euclid Methodist Church) in Cleveland, Ohio. The Epworth League in turn was a merger of five (5) pioneering youth organizations that had begun their work as early as 1877. In 1889 a group of young people’s societies in The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was organized into a co-operative union. Believing in the importance of youth work, the General Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, meeting in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1890, responded to a memorial (resolution) that had been sent by the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Los Angeles, California. This action of the General Conference authorized the formation of the Epworth League of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The official youth program of The Methodist Protestant Church was Christian Endeavor, founded in 1881 at Portland, Maine. It serves as a non-denominational youth program for many denominations. At the time of the unification of the three (3) Methodist Churches the General Conference of the Methodist Church gave the General Board of Education the responsibility for bringing together the youth work of the Church into a unified program for all the youth of the Methodist Church. To accomplished this, the Board of Education set-up a youth commission to conduct a careful study and make recommendations for this unified program. After months of painstaking work, consultation by the staff with the youth groups and leaders throughout the nation, a nation-wide meeting of the youth and a church-wide poll of all Methodist youth themselves, the decision was made to name the new youth movement At the same time, growing out of this same democratic process, decisions were made as to the motto, emblem, colors, covenant, and benediction of the new Methodist Youth Fellowship.

1898. said: “…I went down on my knees and prayed the Almighty God for light and guidance more than one night… to do to take them all and to educate the Filipinos.The mock Battle of Manila Bay (May 1) -led by Admiral Dewey is with Chaplain George Stull with several other chaplains with different denominations Philippine Context: Filipino-American War 1899-1913   1899 – Private William Grayson fired murderously at a Filipino sentry at Santa Mesa. William McKinley. and call to order the 1st Philippine Islands-Malaya Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC). Nicolas Zamora (Grandnephew of martyred priest in 1872.L. William Stotsenberg of the Montana Volunteers of the United States Army (April) 1901 – Massacre of Filipinos in the island of Samar (a reprisal attacked in Balangiga in September 28) under Gen.        . 1901 led by Annie Norton First chapter of E. Organized in Manila. 1898. the beginning of Filipino-American War (February 4) 1899 – Bishop James L.L.Treaty of Paris/Treaty of Inhumanity (December 10) 2.1941) 1. the Methodist Youth Fellowship moves forward to meet the needs of a new generation of youth in every community in America. Pandacan and Tondo. to be organized Knox and St. Jacinto Zamora) translated preaching and pitch in for sermons in Circuits of Manila. Philippines (1901. and uplift. Bulacan 1909 – Schism: Iglesia Ebanghelika Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas in Tondo. Paul Methodist Episcopal Churches. 1st Filipino ordained pastor. Thoburn arrived (February 28) and organized at Treatro Filipino in Calle Echague on March 2 (5). Jacob “Howling” “Roaring Hell” Smith of the United States Army E. January 13. Epworth League. 1899 – Remarks from a Methodist United States President to a Methodist clergymen delegation at the White House (November 21) explained how he came to colonized and invaded the Philippines: Pres. civilized and Christianized them. and by God’s grace to do the very best we could by them… 1899 – Massacre of Filipino prisoners in Caloocan under Col. 1905 – Establishment of Cristianos Vivos based in Baliuag. Out of a long creative history. By 1912 expanded in Northern Luzon.

Nueva Ecija.L.I. Pangasinan led by Rev. Alejandro. Cipriano Navarro and Rev. Methodist Episcopal Church. and Methodist Protestant Church (MPC). 1952 the first National Conference of Methodist Youth Fellowship held in Guimba. organized by Rev. 1968 – The Union: The Methodist Church (MC) and The Evangelical United Brethren (EUB).Cabotaje was then the executive secretary of the Central Conference Board of Education and La Verne Mercado was elected President. Pangasinan. to set-up Methodist Youth Fellowship was presented and adopted. San Miguel. Mr. By October 27-29. Pangasinan District organizes its own C. into United Methodist Church (UMC). 1935 1st Epworth League National Conference held in Cabanatuan. Ecumenical involvement: La Verne Mercado pioneered establishing the Ecumenical Youth Movement in the 1960’s. Samuel Stagg and by January 2-5. Zambales & Bataan) By 1924 of December. Cottingham.By 1918 1st District Epworth League Conference held in Manila By 1921 1st Christmas Epworth League Institute (C.) held in Sibul Springs. Bulacan.E. F. Nueva Ecija. Romeo Crismo abducted. Tarlac by Bishop Dionisio D. By November 26-28. 1939 – Reunion of Churches: Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC). 1946 – Establishment of Philippine Methodist Church (PMC) in San Nicholas. Joshua F. Martial Law years: Bishop La Verne Mercado arrested. South (MECS). establishment of committee on structure for Autonomy in the United States was adopted Continuing youth ministry. attended by sixty-two (62) participants from Manila District (Manila. 1941 the 2nd and last National Conference of Epworth League held in Lingayen. . Servando Cleto was elected President of the League. led by Rev. 1945 to set-up a Constitution was approved and ratified for the Methodist Youth Fellowship in Paniqui. The Methodist Church (MC) Jurisdictional Conference began as part of structure. Japanese adventurist invasion of the Philippines (1942-1945).V.E.L. By December 4-6.I.

The UMYF Constitution of 1998. The clandestine: Christians for National Liberation established in 1980 Tanglaw was established in 1981. The UMYF founding member of The Kalipunan ng Kristianong Kabataan sa Pilipinas in 1990. The Asian Methodist Youth Seminar 1992. The birth and conceptualization of Asian Methodist Heritage network in 1991 under the leadership of National UMYF. The National UMYF Philippines position to a Nuclear-Free Philippines in 1986. Source: http://umyfp. The UMYF Constitution of 1982. the 13 Hakbang Sa Pananampalataya was implemented Involvement at EDSA People Power Uprising The National UMYF Philippines seeking support of organization’s statement of EDSA in 1986.Bishops (Granadosin and Valencia) of the United Methodist Church visited Malacañang in support (?) of Martial rule Many UMYF members in the University campuses in Metro Manila are involved in a progressive youth organization called “Kabataan Makabayan” an ecumenical expression during their time. The Dark years of Transparency and Accountability of 1993 and 1998.Philippines and National MYF-Korea. The Asian Methodist Youth Network 2004. The campus ministry: Student Christian Movement organized.org/history/about/ . The Asian Methodist Youth Conference 1998. founded Pananaw was Baguio Youth Formation (BYF) formed from 1981-1989. as well as the declaration of Martial Law 1974.NUMYFP: made a position paper condemning the arrest and abduction. The UMYF Constitution of 1988.

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