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General Conference 2016

Musicians lead singing on May 12 during morning worship at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

GC2016 wrap-up: Farewell, Portland. Thanks for the doughnuts.

General Conference 2016 skirted division over human sexuality and focused on a wide range of matters. Read More

Who We Are

An image of the Wesleys'

Why the Wesleys, and others, came to be called Methodists

Early members of the movement had nicknames like Holy Club, Bible Moths, Sacramentarians, and Enthusiasts. Learn why one name stuck. More

#UMCGC Video

Joselito Javien Ortiz of the Philippines bags produce at the Oregon Food Bank as part of a volunteer effort during General Conference 2016.Video image by United Methodist Communications.

GC2016: United Methodists’ Portland Day of Service

“I wanted to remind myself about why I’m United Methodist by doing good and making a difference in the world.” View

Worship at GC2016

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar preaches on May 14 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist News Service.

General Conference 2016: Worship Services

General Conference features some of the church's strongest preachers. Watch archived worship services from Portland. View

Spiritual Journey

God is able! Dancers help celebrate The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign at the 2016 General Conference. #UMCGC Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

‘More than we could ask or imagine’ – God-sized dreams of service

Song in celebration of Imagine No Malaria, “Able,” encourages us to dream and work toward missions beyond what we can do on our own. Read More

Daily Devotions

Candles burn in prayer room at General Conference 2016 in Portland, OR. Image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Today's prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer with these resources from The Upper Room. More

Learning from hardships

Native American leaders listen to a report to the 2016 General Conference about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

Discover the treasures: Wisdom from GC2016 Sand Creek report

Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of victims of a massacre share with United Methodists how to move forward by searching for the presence of God. Read More

Get Your spirit in shape

Spiritual director Whitney Simpson teaches how to find and create sacred space in your life. Photo by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Podcasts

Follow 'Get Your Spirit in Shape' for free, spiritual coaching every month. Find other audio offerings with United Methodist ties also. More

Church Beliefs

Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

The sacraments and rites United Methodists observe

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More