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The 50th Anniversary of The United Methodist Church

Artwork for the 50th Anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Design and production by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

Design and production by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications


The United Methodist Church was officially formed on April 23, 1968 with the unification of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, along with the dissolution of the Central Jurisdiction, a segregated group of African American congregations.

As we celebrate this anniversary throughout 2018, especially around Heritage Sunday on May 20, return to this page (found at for the latest news, features, and historical retrospectives on this most important anniversary for our church.

Also, be sure to follow and tag us on social media with #UMC50.


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50 reasons to celebrate The United Methodist Church

In honor of the church's formation in April 1968, we listed why the world is better thanks to the witness and work of the people of the UMC. More

Evangelical United Brethren Church Bishop Reuben H. Mueller (left) and Methodist Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke join hands on April 23, 1968. Photo courtesy of archives of United Methodist Communications.

Formation of The United Methodist Church

What is the story of The United Methodist Church? Learn more about how the denomination was born and about the people and issues that shaped it. Read More

Lay adult members Emma Tousant of the Evangelical United Brethren and J.P. Zepeda of the Methodist Church shake hands as part of the uniting ceremony that marked the formation of The United Methodist Church in 1968. This moment of celebration was years in the making. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Amid tumult of 1968, a church came together

The United Methodist Church’s birth took years of work and a commitment to end racial segregation. Historians say 50 years later, the union offers lessons for today. Read More

Image from film shows the marquee outside the Dallas Convention Center during the 1968 Uniting Conference.

Methodist History: The Uniting Conference of 1968

Footage captures part of the event that merged the Methodist and Evangelical Brethren Churches and officially desegregated the newly formed United Methodist Church. View

The Rev. Andrea Beyer (left) and the Rev. Cathryn Love stand near a church sign in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Image courtesy of Great Plains Conference/creative commons.

Do you know why we are called United Methodists?

The United Methodist Church was born in April. Learn more about how our denomination got its name and why it matters how you say it. Read More