Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

3/1/2016

In honor of Women’s History Month, the NYAC Commission on Archives and History (CAH) would like to highlight some of the women whose influence has been felt in the New York Annual Conference over the past 250 years.

These biographies have been prepared as part of our 2016 celebration of 250 years of United Methodism in the New York area. In the autumn of 1766 Philip Embury preached to a small group of five in his New York City home. From this first small group would come Wesley Chapel (later John Street Church) in 1768.

Below are biographies formatted as posters and bulletin inserts that we hope you will consider reading and then sharing in your sermon, classes or other group this month.

These provide information about each person's life and accomplishments, and the discussion questions provided on the posters can be used for:

  • Bible study
  • Discussion groups
  • Confirmation classes
  • Sermon preparation

We hope you will find this information useful! Please contact Beth Patkus, Conference Archivist, at 914-615-2241 or archives@nyac.com with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: When printing the bulletin inserts, choose "Print on both sides of paper" and "Flip on short edge." Then print, photocopy, and cut each sheet in half.

 

1766-1768

Barbara Heck

Co-founder of John Street M.E. Church

8.5x11 poster (with co-founders, Philip Embury and Captain Thomas Webb)

Bulletin insert (with co-founders, Philip Embury and Captain Thomas Webb)

1752-1849

Catherine Livingston Garrettson

With Freeborn Garrettson — Early American "Power Couple"

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1791-1868

Mary Morgan Mason

Charity Worker and Educator

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1807-1874

Phoebe Palmer

Prophetess of the Holiness Movement

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1797-1883

Sojourner Truth

Abolitionist and Social Activist

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1830-1914

Maggie Newton Van Cott

First Woman Licensed to Preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1820-1915

 

Fanny Crosby

Hymn Writer, Teacher and Mission Worker

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1894-1994

Elsie F. Stowe

First Woman Ordained in the New York East Conference

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert

1933-2010

Shirley I. Parris

First Woman District and Conference Lay Leader

8.5x11 poster

Bulletin insert