Beliefs & Practices

Ask The UMC: Beliefs and Practices of The United Methodist Church. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications. Art by United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists affirm the faith shared by all Christians, with particular emphasis on God's grace and on Christian living, putting faith and love into action.

Explore how United Methodists understand deep questions of faith and Christian practice.

Prayer. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.
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What is the difference between prayer and meditation?

In prayer, we open ourselves to God's transforming love. How does meditation differ?

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John Wesley portrait from the U.S. Library of Congress, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (altered from original)
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Are we saved if accepting God's grace happens gradually, not in one moment?

People have different experiences of awakening and turning to God. Both John and Charles Wesley had memorable, heart-warming experiences of God's grace.

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