Visions and Dreams

Manuscript draft of the sermon “Visions and Dreams,” April 1968

On the morning of Tuesday, April 23, 1968, Albert Outler preached an insightful and challenging sermon to the officers, delegates, and guests of the Uniting Conference of the United Methodist Church. Drawing upon imagery from Acts 2:17, Outler’s sermon “Visions and Dreams—The Unfinished Business of an Unfinished Church” was followed by a standing ovation. The congregation remained standing to sing Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Jesus, We Look to Thee.” Then the official Declaration of Union was pronounced and a new denomination came into being.

Displayed are hand-written notes from an early draft of the Uniting Conference sermon.

Read Albert Outler's Uniting Conference sermon as published in Perkins Journal.

See the entire early draft of the Uniting Conference sermon.

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Visions and Dreams