In the years leading up to Methodist Union in 1932, two Congresses were organized as a meeting point for representatives of the the three separate branches of Methodism and an opportunity to explore the Methodist heritage. The first Congress, held in the Central Hall, Bristol in October 1929, was the idea of Dr T. Ferrier Hulme, Chairman of the Bristol and Bath District. It brought together 1,000 representatives from south-west England and Wales. The addresses presented by distinguished Methodist scholars and other outstanding figures were published under the title Methodism: its Present Responsibilities. A second Congress, held in the Victoria Hall, Sheffield in February, 1931 was attended by about 1,200 representatives from the Midlands and north-east and addressed the subject of Methodism's Message for To-day.