Ask the UMC
Do you have questions about The United Methodist Church? Need help deciphering the hows and whys of who we are or what we believe? Maybe you have a faith question you’ve been pondering?
We invite you to ASK THE UMC. And check out some recent Q&As below.
Ask the UMC: Do United Methodists swear oaths?
At baptism, marriage and ordination, United Methodists "vow" (promise) simply and directly that they affirm or will do what is asked of them. Read More
Ask the UMC: How do United Methodists understand human suffering from natural disaster?
When tragedy strikes, it is common for us to ask why. We turn to our faith for answers, but answers don’t come easily. Read More
Ask the UMC: Is our time of death predetermined?
Some people say that when you are born, the day of your death is written in the book. What does that mean? Read More
Ask the UMC: Where did the use of acolytes originate?
Is the role of acolytes to carry the light of the Lord into the world? Read More
Ask the UMC: What is grace? Is it different from peace?
United Methodists understand grace as a gift from God. Peace is found in our response to God's grace. Read More
Ask the UMC: How do we love our enemies?
This is a question many Christians struggle with. Agape love is hard. It requires action, not just a general sense of goodwill or affection. Read More
Ask the UMC: What is meant by the term ‘image of God’?
Genesis 1:27 tells us that humans are created in the image of God, but what exactly does that mean? Read More
Ask the UMC: Is using marijuana for medical reasons acceptable?
The United Methodist Church has long supported abstinence from illegal drugs, but is the church’s stance on medical marijuana different? Read More
Ask the UMC: Was the wine at the wedding at Cana alcoholic?
During the temperance movement, there was an argument that somehow the wine in the Gospels was miraculously non-alcoholic, but is there evidence in the biblical text to support that argument? Read More
Can a layperson celebrate communion privately at home?
Mark W. Stamm offers an explanation in his book "Sacraments and Discipleship: Understanding Baptism and the Lord's Supper in a United Methodist Context." Read More
Can God really love me?
United Methodists who struggle to feel accepted and loved by the Savior should remember that John Wesley struggled with similar feelings. Read More
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