About this Series:
“American culture has, from its earliest days, spawned a wide range of denominations and new religions. Often veering from traditional Christian roots or seeking to reform or return to some perceived originality, these sects – often described as on the religious fringe – have fascinating histories and stories often overlooked and dismissed out of hand.
What I intend to do in each session is trace the origins and development of each persuasion and study what they actually teach versus preconceived notions and stereotypes. I will also compare and contrast each theology to the teachings and doctrines of historic mainline Christianity. While other studies have placed most of these alternative religious persuasions under the headings of cults, I will seek to describe how each began, how their adherents live out their beliefs, and what conditions have allowed them to flourish.
I hope this will prove to not only be an exciting adventure in untraversed territory, but also an opportunity to solidify what we believe as Christians in the United Methodist tradition.”
-Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson, Senior Pastor