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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 return to this page (found at www.umc.org/umc50) for 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.

Features

The people of The United Methodist Church are ready to serve our neighbors. File  photo by Kathy C. Fitzhugh, United Methodist Communications.

A welcome and a call: Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

You may have seen the words at your local church but do you know why United Methodists share this invitation with our communities and our neighbors? Read More

Candles burn on cupcakes.

50 reasons to celebrate The United Methodist Church

United Methodists have a rich heritage. Here's a list of some of the ways the world is better thanks to the witness and work of the people of the UMC. More

An image of John Wesley is part of the 2018 film celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Image courtesy of GCAH/Discipleship Ministries.

WE STILL BELIEVE: Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church

Featuring imagery from 1968 to present times, watch a video tribute to how The United Methodist Church has helped shaped history. View

The United Methodist Church Quiz: First 50 years

The first decades since The United Methodist Church was formed were filled with highlights. Take a look back by taking this retrospective quiz. Read More

Photo from the 1968 General Conference, held April 21-May 4, 1968, Dallas. Racial segregation was one of the main issues confronting the merger that created The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

50 years on, Central Jurisdiction’s shadow looms

The union that created The United Methodist Church also abolished its racially segregated institution. That history is a reminder that the church still struggles with race relations. Read More