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The silhouette of a cross stands tall in the rising sun. Image courtesy of The Upper Room.


Easter is the most important day in the calendar. More

Easter Season

The season of fifty days from Easter to Pentecost Day. Easter Season is very important in the Christian calendar because it celebrates on the one hand the risen Christ with... Read More

ecumenical movement

From the Greek word oikoumene meaning the whole inhabited world. The movement in the church toward the unity of all Christians involving discussions and mutual activities between and among various... Read More


A person ordained to a lifetime ministry of service, word, sacrament and order. He or she is authorized to preach and teach God’s word, to administer the sacraments of... More


The term used to refer to the bread and wine used in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. More


January 6, which marks the end of the Christmas season or Christmastide. In the Western churches, Epiphany Day has marked the observance of the arrival of the wise men. In the... More

Epiphany, Season after

The season from January 7 through the day before Ash Wednesday. It may include anywhere from four to nine Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. The liturgical colors for the... Read More


Refers to the office of bishop. Episcopacy also refers to the system of church government in which bishops serve as general superintendents of the church and are responsible individually and... Read More

Episcopal Address, the

An important address given in one of the early sessions of each General Conference by one of the active bishops on behalf of the Council of Bishops. This has been... Read More

episcopal area

The annual conference or conferences to which a bishop is assigned by the Jurisdictional or Central conference. The bishop lives within the bounds of the episcopal area and presides over... Read More

Episcopal Fund

Apportioned fund used for salaries, pensions, office operations, official travel and other expenses of the bishops. Source: Sharing God's Gifts Glossary of United Methodist Terms Read More


A small town in northeast Lincolnshire, England, that was the birthplace of John and Charles Wesley. Their father, Samuel Wesley, was the Church of England rector of the Epworth parish.... Read More

equitable compensation

The procedure for establishing minimum compensation in an annual conference for pastors. The annual conference commission on equitable compensation is responsible for recommending the base compensation standards to the annual... Read More

Evangelical United Brethren Church, The

Formed in 1946 by the union of The Church of the United Brethren in Christ and The Evangelical Church. Both denominations began as churches serving the German population in the early 180... Read More


The winning of persons to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. From the Latin word evangelium, meaning good news or gospel, evangelism is the proclamation of the gospel to individuals... Read More