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Our Doctrinal Standards

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United Methodist Foundational Documents

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Happening Now

With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Is The United Methodist Church really...? (Part 1)

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Pioneers in Methodism

The Rev. Zenro Hirota (second row from the top, third from the left) poses with other attendees of the 10th Annual Session of the Pacific Japanese Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church held in Seattle, Wash., in 1909. Hirota is listed as “pastor at San Francisco” on the original legend. Image courtesy of Archives and History of the California-Pacific Conference; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Pioneers in Methodism: Zenro Hirota

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Local Church

Find answers to questions about the life and ministry of a local United Methodist church. More

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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

Ask The UMC delves into the roots and foundations of the denomination that today is known as The United Methodist Church. More