This course in United Methodist history is designed to provide an opportunity for substantive engagement and critical reflection about a particular facet of denominational (and ecclesiastical) history: schism. The course adopts a chronological approach to the topic, beginning with the basic concept of “church unity” and John Wesley’s directive against separation from the Church of England, continuing with early American Methodist separations and 20th century reunification efforts, and culminating with the present situation: General Conference 2021/2 and the prospect of schism over LGBTQ inclusion. In particular, we will investigate the convergence of three related topics—powerpersonhood, and politics—as underlying themes that have informed Methodist history from the beginning.