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Our Doctrinal Standards

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United Methodist Foundational Documents

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Local Church Officers

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Ask The UMC: Who may hold office in a local church?

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Generosity

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Where and why should I donate on Giving Tuesday?

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Local Church

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Sacraments

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments - baptism and communion. Ask The UMC answers your questions about these important practices. More

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Beliefs & Practices

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Christian Year

United Methodists celebrate the Christmas and Easter seasons and other Christian holidays. Learn more about special dates on the calendar. More

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Worship

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Current Issues

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General Church

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History

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