Officials from the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi line up for a procession at the beginning of an annual joint service in Hattiesburg Wednesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
Methodists and Episcopalians from across Mississippi gathered in Hattiesburg Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of two brothers who were important figures in both Christian denominations. An annual service in remembrance of John and Charles Wesley was held at Trinity Episcopal Church and was a first for Hattiesburg.
It was hosted by the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.
The Wesleys were British Anglican priests who came to America and helped start the Methodist movement.
"For two national denominations to come together and worship together is actually a little unusual and something to be celebrated," said Rev. Marian Fortner, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.
"It means we celebrate what we have in common and our shared heritage from the Wesleys, John and Charles both," said Cynthia Cross, Hattiesburg District superintendent for the United Methodist Church.