On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30, a documentary about the history of the Wesley United Methodist Church at 101 Grant St. E will premiere at the church itself. The church made news earlier this summer when Pastor Greg Renstrom announced that his New Harmony Church: A New Spiritual Community at Historic Wesley would bless the marriages of same-sex couples, but the story of the church stretch back much further – over 155 years.
“A World Where We All Belong: A Story of Wesley United Methodist Church” covers the church’s story from 1852 to 2007 and explores the founding of the congregation, the construction of the physical building in 1891, the end of its original congregation and everything in between. The first Methodist church west of the Mississippi River, Wesley Church’s long history is full of significant people and moments. Pastor George Mecklenburg’s “Organized Unemployment” program kept 7,000 families off the welfare rolls during the Great Depression, and Wesley was also the first “Reconciling Church” in Minnesota, welcoming the LGBT community into its doors.
The documentary was produced by Rev. Suzanne Mades, former Wesley Church pastor. Watch a trailer for the documentary here.