Posted: June 17, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

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June 17

1703: John Wesley, the English founder of Methodism, was born. The systematic disciplines of the Holy Club, which John and his brother Charles founded, elicited the nickname Methodies from their critics.

2003: The federal government declared it would change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples and would not appeal recent court rulings in Ontario, B.C. and Quebec that all said banning gay marriages was unconstitutional.

June 18

1464: Roman Catholic Pope Pius II organized a crusade against the Turks, but died before he could meet up with his allies. Soon after, the crusading mentality died out.

1830: Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane, an orphaned Scottish poet, was born. She penned two of the most haunting hymns in the English language: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” and “The Ninety and Nine.”

2006: Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman elected to lead a church in the global…

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