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Complete Answers to The United Methodist Church Quiz: First 50 Years


1. In what city did the 1968 Uniting Conference take place?
The correct answer is Dallas. A stirring address by the Rev. Albert C. Outler at the conference celebrated the creation of The United Methodist Church, but also laid down challenges.

2. Where does United come from in the denomination’s name?
The correct answer is that it references the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Church of the United Brethren in Christ and The Evangelical Church served the German population in the early 1800s. When they became The Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946, they had broadened their ministries throughout the eastern and north central portions of the United States.

3. What was the Central Jurisdiction?
The correct answer is an official means to segregate churches solely by race. The Central Jurisdiction was a racially segregated body of the Methodist Church from 1939-1968. This history is a reminder that the church still struggles with race relations.

4. In the UMC cross and flame, what do the two tongues of a single flame represent?
The correct answer is the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. The cross and flame is a symbol recognized around the world. Learn more about The UMC logo.

5. In 1971, MARCHA was formed. What does MARCHA mean?
The correct answer is Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans. MARCHA is the Hispanic/Latino caucus within the United Methodist Church. At a recent gathering, members were asked to explain the mission and importance of MARCHA in 10 seconds or less. Watch and learn!

6. The Black College fund was established in the same year the U.S. passed the Equal Rights Amendment and Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals. What year?

The correct answer is 1972. The Black College Fund gives participating colleges the finances they need to help students have a successful college experience. It supports college staff and faculty who can serve as strong intellectual, cultural and spiritual mentors. Students can apply for direct scholarships and loans through the Office of Loans and Scholarships.

7. In 1972, two women’s organizations in the UMC merged to form one organization called:
The correct answer is United Methodist Women. This organization provides opportunities to grow spiritually, equips women and girls to be leaders, provides transformative educational experiences, organizes programs for growth and flexibility, and works for justice through service and advocacy.

8. In 1975, for the first time, the United Methodist Publishing House published a hymnal in which language?
The correct answer is Spanish. Mil Voces Para Celebrar is an official hymnal of The United Methodist Church, not bilingual, but entirely in Spanish. It includes worship services, printed prayers, hymns, and other worship resources. It is of comparable size and content to The United Methodist Hymnal. Mil Voces Para Celebrar contains not only Hispanic and Spanish-language hymns from many nations, but also Spanish-language translations of many English-language hymns.

9. The HANA Scholars program was created in 1976. Whom does the program assist?
The correct answer is Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander students. The United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a churchwide educational service providing scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Funding for these scholarships and loans is provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts.

10. United Methodist Archives and History opened its headquarters in 1982 at:
The correct answer is Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. The General Commisson on Archives and History serves the church's Ministry of Memory so United Methodists may continue to learn from our past and anticipate our future. The agency also provides workshops to help conferences establish an archives, educate local church historians, manage records, and explore the agency's archives.

11. Why was the Western Jurisdiction’s 1984 gathering historic?
The correct answer is all of the above: Election of the first Hispanic bishop (Rev. Elias G. Galvan); election of the first African-American woman bishop (Rev. Leontine T. C. Kelly); and the election of the first Japanese-American bishop (Rev. Roy I. Sano). The Western Jurisdiction serves churches in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

12. The 1986 bishops’ letter “In Defense of Creation” addressed what issue?
The correct answer is nuclear weapons. The “In Defense of Creation” letter warned United Methodists about “the growing threat of nuclear war and of the extinction of life on the planet.” The bishops reasserted that a nuclear crisis threatens the planet and that the arms race “destroys millions of lives in conventional wars, repressive violence, and massive poverty.”

13. What popular United Methodist curriculum launched in 1987?
The correct answer is Disciple Bible Study. Over the course of 34 weeks, Disciple covers the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments), following the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem.

14. When was the Methodist Church in Russia reestablished?
The correct answer is 1992, the year when the First United Methodist Church in Moscow and the First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg were legally registered. The first Methodist church in St. Petersburg started in 1889 but Methodism went underground due to Hitler’s invasion of Europe, the dissolution of churches, and the persecution of Methodist clergy in prisons or labor camps. After the fall of Communism in the late 1980s, Methodism saw a revival.

15. When did The Philippines mark 100 years of Methodism?
The correct answer is 1998. Their celebration noted the 100 years of Methodism since the first Methodist service by Americans in Manila. The central conference of the Philippines today is comprised of three episcopal areas covering different parts of a country with more than 7,000 islands and 50 language groups.

16. Where was the UMC billboard “Fear is not the only force at work in the world today” prominently displayed after 9/11?
The correct answer is Times Square, New York. An image of praying hands and the words, “Fear is not the only force at work in the world today” greeted more than 600,000 people a day, for its three-month presence. By November 30, 2001, giving in response to the 9/11 attacks totaled $22.3 million.

17. In 2003, Korean-American United Methodists celebrated 100 years since their first worship gatherings in:
The correct answer is Hawaii. Facing the harsh reality of backbreaking labor at Hawaiian sugar plantations, the Methodist Church emerged as the place where Korean people could turn for rest, renewal and hope. There they could share their struggles and receive comfort from knowing that Jesus Christ was walking with them in their trials and tribulations.

18. In 2005, she became the denomination's first woman to be named bishop in the Central Conferences.
The correct answer is Bishop Rosemarie Wenner in Germany. Rosemarie Wenner was born in and grew up in Eppingen, nurtured by a small UMC congregation in southern Germany. She studied at the United Methodist Theological Seminary and served as pastor of three congregations before her appointment as superintendent of the Frankfurt District in 1996. In February 2005, she was elected bishop at the Germany Central Conference in Wuppertal.

19. In 2005, the first United Methodist radio station in Africa was established in:
The correct answer is Liberia. The United Methodist Radio Network of Africa, formed by the directors of the denomination’s four radio stations in Africa — Voice of Hope in Côte d’Ivoire, Radio ELAM in Liberia, Kairos in Angola and Lokole in the Congo — regularly shares content to listeners in French, English and Portuguese.

20. In 2006, the UMC partnered with the _______ in the “Nothing but Nets” campaign to reduce malaria deaths.
The correct answer is the National Basketball League (NBA). Since 2010, the people of The United Methodist Church through its Imagine No Malaria initiative have focused on reducing malaria deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the process, the denomination has learned that “our God is able, more than able to do more than we can ask or imagine.”

21. In 2010, United Methodist Men celebrated 100 years of ministry. Which of these groups is not an affiliate of UMM?
The correct answer is The John Wesley Society. The General Commission on United Methodist Men's mission is to help men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ. UMM ministries include Ministry to Men, Scouting and Strength for Service to God and Country.

22. Typhoon Haiyan battered parts of the Philippines in 2013. To help the residents, UMCOR provided:
The correct answer is all of the above: Food staples, water purification tablets, and temporary shelters. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed more than 250,000 homes and impacted more than 11 million people across 44 provinces. At least 3,500 people were killed in the super storm known locally as Yolanda.

23. Responding in 2014 to the worst Ebola outbreak ever, the UMC provided direct relief in which African countries?
The correct answer is all of the above: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, and more. In May 2015, the outbreak was declared to be over in Liberia, though a small number of cases continue to be reported. According to the World Health Organization, the deadly virus has claimed more than 11,000 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

24. One example of United Methodists caring for our Earth is:
The correct answer is the green roof of the General Board of Church and Society covered with plants installed in 2013. The United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. is a Heritage Landmark and the only non-governmental building on Capitol Hill. For almost 100 years, this has been a space for the denomination to advocate for the values of United Methodists. That commitment continues today through the work of the Board of Church and Society.

25. The number of United Methodist missionaries serving globally in 2018 is:
The correct answer is 350. In more than 60 countries around the world, United Methodist missionaries come from many places and backgrounds and witness and serve in dramatically different locales and cultures.