Stained glass window of the Holy Spirit as a dove from the Church of the Atonement in Crooksville, Ohio. Photo by Nheyob, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

United Methodists believe that we are called to continue to grow in our love for God and neighbor throughout our lives. As we develop spiritual practices of worship and devotion, and service practices like helping our neighbors and advocating for justice, God works in our hearts and lives. 

In "Advice to a People Called Methodists," John Wesley wrote, "By Methodists I mean, a people who profess to pursue (in whatsoever measure they have attained) holiness of heart and life, inward and outward conformity in all things to the revealed will of God; ... in a steady imitation of Him they worship, in all his imitable perfections; more particularly, in justice, mercy, and truth, or universal love filling the heart, and governing the life."

United Methodist series of discussion starters for families. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.
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What We Believe

Get Them Talking: Discussion starters for families

Each month we provide a scripture, reflection, prayer, activity and some starter questions to help families initiate conversations about faith issues.

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Homeowner Betty Johnson hugs volunteer Jamie Jones who was part of a mission team from Santa Monica, Calif. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
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What We Believe

United Methodist Beliefs: Missions

Scripture and the words of John Wesley can help us know who our neighbors are and why United Methodists are called to be in mission.

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Loving God

Loving Neighbors

Spiritual Profiles