Ask the UMC
Do you have questions about any area related to The United Methodist Church?
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Below find answers to interesting questions previously submitted by individuals.
Ask the UMC: What is expected of godparents?
Being invited to be a child’s godparent is an honor and a serious responsibility. Read how godparents play a special role in the life of a child. Read More
What is UMCOR Sunday?
Gifts to the UMCOR Sunday offering (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) cover the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s costs of doing business. Read More
Ask the UMC: What ‘methods’ might Methodists use?
The “method” of Methodism is shaped by the Methodist rule of life, known as the General Rules. Read More
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
What are the church’s views on cremation, organ donation?
What is The United Methodist Church stance on cremation and organ donation? Read More
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
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
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
What does it mean to be a member?
Discover what it means to be part of a United Methodist congregation. Read More
Does the church have an official Bible?
Find out which versions of the Bible United Methodists use, and why. Read More
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
What does The United Methodist Church say about fasting?
There is a strong biblical base for fasting, and the practice has been a part of Methodism from its early beginnings. Read More
Why is the Easter season 50 days long?
Ever wonder why Easter is 50 days long? In this week's Ask the UMC question, explore the reason behind the length of the Easter season. Read More
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