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50 reasons to celebrate The United Methodist Church

In honor of the church's formation in April 1968, we listed why the world is better thanks to the witness and work of the people of the UMC. More

Photo from the 1968 General Conference, held April 21-May 4, 1968, Dallas. Racial segregation was one of the main issues confronting the merger that created The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

50 years on, Central Jurisdiction’s shadow looms

The union that created The United Methodist Church also abolished its racially segregated institution. That history is a reminder that the church still struggles with race relations. Read More

The Rev. Albert C. Outler’s papers at Bridwell Library include a draft of the sermon he preached on April 23, 1968, during the uniting service of the Uniting Conference, officially creating The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Uniting Conference sermon still talked about

A stirring 1968 address by the Rev. Albert C. Outler celebrated the creation of The United Methodist Church, but also laid down challenges. Read More

Artwork for the 50th Anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Design and production by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

The United Methodist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Merger

Congregations across the connection are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the April 23, 1968, event when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church merged into a new denomination,... Read More

United Methodist Numbers Quiz. Artwork courtesy of Creative Commons

United Methodist Numbers Quiz

How well do you know The United Methodist Church "by the numbers?" Take our quiz and see your final score. Be sure to share this quiz on social media! Read More

a copy of the United Methodist Book of Discipline, photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

United Methodism as a World Church, 1968-

When The United Methodist Church was created in 1968, it had approximately 11 million members, making it one of the largest Protestant churches in the world. Read More

Photo illustration by Cindy Caldwell. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Church History Quiz

The United Methodist Church has existed in various forms for more than 200 years. Test your knowledge of its history with these questions. Read More

Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Are you smarter than the average United Methodist? General Conference Edition

How much do you know about our denomination’s most important meeting? Take our quiz and share the link with friends. More

12 lessons from 12 General Conferences

Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference. Read More