“The greatest religious problem today is how to be both a mystic and a militant; in other words how to combine the search for an expansion of inner awareness with effective social action, and how to feel one's true identity in both” Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mary Fletcher

Mary Bosanquet Fletcher (1739 - 1815) was an early Methodist class leader and lay preacher as well as being a close friend of John Wesley, who wrote to her saying that she had an "exceptional call" to preach. In 1763 she and Sarah Ryan opened a home in Leytonstone, England that served as a church, school, orphanage, hospital, and halfway house for the most destitute of London. She married John Fletcher, a Church of England pastor who sympathized with the Methodist movement and was considered to be the successor to John Wesley until his death in 1785.

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