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reaffirmation of faith

The public reaffirmation of the baptismal vows by persons who have previously affirmed them either at the time of baptism or at confirmation. Reaffirmation of faith is most frequent when... Read More

reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant

The remembrance of the baptismal experience and the vows taken at that time. The reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant is held during a worship service. It focuses on God's grace... Read More

Religion and Race, General Commission on

The agency whose primary task is to focus on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The Commission is to... Read More


The answering or completing by the congregation of a declaration or statement by the pastor or leader in a service of worship. A response may be said or sung, as... Read More


A magazine focusing on news, articles, and program resources for the United Methodist Women groups. Response is published by the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. Source:... Read More

Restrictive Rules, the

Statements specifying six things the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may not do. The Restrictive Rules are found in Section III of the Constitution. The General Conference may... Read More

retirement, mandatory

The process which requires the retirement of ordained and diaconal ministers when they have reached age seventy two on or before July 1.   A bishop shall be  retired on... Read More