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Episode 1: The Mayflower & The Birth of America

Adam Ramdin
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As the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, no one could have imagined the impact this seemingly small event would have on world history. America would rise out of obscurity, slowly at first, and go on to impact the world socially, economically and religiously in a profound way. Join us as we continue this journey tracing our lineage. 

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • July 4, 2018
    7:00 PM
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As the Mayflower 1st port sight of land off the coast of Massachusetts the 1st group of pilgrims could not have imagined what would become of this land once they were only seeking the place where they could experience freedom of worship as with many things in life the reality became much bigger than the original idea of landing here in Plymouth Rock and settling near by the Pilgrim struggled through the 1st winter losing over 40 of their friends but jus to the generosity of some of the local Native Americans the rest made it through. Have the years passed and more people made the journey over settlements were founded and the East Coast became more and more populated until eventually there were 13 colonies during the rise of what would become the United States of America these 13 colonies were under the rule of the British crown but tension would build over the years until eventually war broke out between the colonies and the crown the British were defeated and the colonies would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence in the Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1776 July before 4 days later on July the 8th the bells would ring out in Philadelphia as the declaration was read out one of the bells that was rung is believed to have been liberty. Bell was their rock that would go on to become a symbol of freedom. Over the years America will become a haven for those seeking refuge from religious persecution although Western Europe had gone through a reformation in many cases the movement of reform had stagnated and whilst the new religion would have some different beliefs often they administered control and discipline like the mother church and did not take kindly to dissenters and non-conformist some coming over with seeking new opportunities and this new land with an undiscovered interior would prove tile to reign. The new pilgrims recognized the tyranny that had been imposed in Europe with state run churches and were familiar with the corruption which shirt officials and priests were sometimes little more than civil servants and thus at the founding fathers set out the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that would form the basis of the United States of America they were very careful that the 2 institutions of church and state should remain separate it would read Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The church would not be beholden to the state and the state could not act in the special interest of any particular church but rather treat all people equally in the sight of the law it was Benjamin Franklin who said when religion is good I conceive it will support itself and so in America they sought to have a religion that did not rely on the support of the state and so this encourage more than one church to form there was not and there is not a national church. America an official denomination or religion rather America was founded on the principle of the separation of church and state. This more than anything else is what helped make America great and have been the cause of its prosperous past and present freedom of religion lies at the foundation of all other freedoms and one this goes the others will crumble in quick succession America will be a fertile ground for many churches the florist and over the upcoming weeks and months we will feed some of the movement that took root and grew in this land of liberty Stay with us over the upcoming episode as we continue this journey and as we explore our lineage.

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