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Photo illustration by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications

Photo illustration by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications

United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations and versions of the Bible as being helpful for study, teaching, memorization and other purposes. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations and versions of the Bible as being helpful for study, teaching, memorization and other purposes.

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Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church has been called one of the sites all United Methodists should see because it has been a Methodist house of worship continually since 1769. Video image by Jess Warnock, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Where was the first Methodist annual conference in America?

The first annual conference in America was held in 1773 at a church that is still in existence today. Read More

At the time of Jesus, cremation was widely practiced by the Romans, but rarely by Jews and Christians because of their belief that the bodies of believers would one day be physically resurrected. Photo by MaryW, courtesy of Pixabay.

What are the church’s views on cremation, organ donation?

What is The United Methodist Church stance on cremation and organ donation? Read More

The United Methodist Church continues to have a presence in the Philippines. Photo courtesy Philippines Central Conference. Cropped from original; please do not use.

Is the UMC in Canada, Australia, Latin America, Asia?

Get a history lesson about the Methodist presence in these parts of the world. Read More

Photo showcases pumpkins and gourds. Photo by Roland zh / WikiMedia Commons.

Does The United Methodist Church have a position about Halloween?

Find information about this secular holiday and alternative ways to celebrate the season when you Ask the UMC. Read More

The Rev. Esther Kachiko Furaha prays during worship at New Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2015. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Does the church believe we can ‘command’ God to perform acts?

The United Methodist Church believes in the power of prayer, but not in "controlling" God. Read More

For United Methodists, membership requires active participation in a local congregation. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

What does it mean to be a member?

Discover what it means to be part of a United Methodist congregation. Read More

United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations and versions of the Bible as being helpful for study, teaching, memorization and other purposes. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Does the church have an official Bible?

Find out which versions of the Bible United Methodists use, and why. Read More

As we give the bread we have broken at the Great Thanksgiving as Jesus did at the Last Supper, we also say the words Jesus said. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications. Cropped from original.

Why say “the body of Christ, broken for you”?

At a communion service, you may have heard the terms "broken" or "given." Learn why. Read More

An angel in the Recoleta Cemetery located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cemetery is located at the church of Our Lady of Pilar. Photo by Godot13, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Do United Methodists believe in saints?

What does the church say about saints? How do United Methodists honor the faithful who have died? Read More

Community members walk past a food distribution site for the United Methodist Committee on Relief following Typhoon Haiyan in Dagami, Philippines, in 2013. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

How can I help with disaster relief?

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides resources and relief to many to overcome world hunger and poverty. Read More