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Deeply rooted

The Rev. Paul Saffa (right) serves Holy Communion at Charles Davies United Methodist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

United Methodists enjoy a rich history, one steeped in Scripture, tradition and faith.

John Wesley's advice to the people called Methodists:

By Methodists I mean, a people who profess to pursue (in whatsoever measure they have gained) holiness of heart and life... in a steady imitation of Him they worship... in justice, mercy, and truth, or universal love filling the heart, and governing the life.

United Methodists' roots also include people who for more than 2000 years have followed Jesus. 

How are you a deeply rooted person of God? #BeUMC

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Ashes are received on the forehead on Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent as well as a reminder that we will all "return to dust" someday. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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