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What does it mean to be United Methodist? To #BeUMC?

Let’s remember who we are — spirit-filled, resilient, connected, missional, faithful, diverse, deeply rooted, committed, disciple-making, Jesus-seeking, generous, justice-seeking, world-changing people of God called The United Methodist Church.

The #BeUMC movement honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church. No matter the challenges we face, God is with us, and we have countless opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! Every day offers a chance to live into our mission, envision and promising future, and to strive to #BeUMC.


Q: What are our “essentials” as United Methodists? 

The Articles of Religion in our Book of Discipline are unchanging. They are our foundation. They cannot even be amended by the General Conference. This is what we believe as United Methodists. Read the Articles of Religion in the Book of Discipline or at www.umc.org/en/content/articles-of-religion.   

It's important to remember that Christians aren't called to be of one mind on all matters. In the words of one theologian: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

Q: How can we disagree on matters of human sexuality?

Bishop Sue regularly receives questions asking for help in understanding how United Methodists can feel so differently on the topic of human sexuality. She offers a reflection from Rev. Dr. Dan Johnson, a retired pastor and former chair of the board of trustees of Asbury Seminary. He wrote the reflection linked below to Trinity UMC in Gainesville, Florida, following the 2016 General Conference. Read it here

Q: What makes the UMC "connectional"?

It was John Wesley himself, the founder of the Methodist movement, who first organized his followers into a connexion. Ever since, The United Methodist Church and its predecessors have proudly called themselves a connectional church.

Together we do more than we could do alone. From how we practice stewardship to camp ministry to communion, the connection is at the core of what it means to be The United Methodist Church. Read more in this article at ResourceUMC.org.

Being United Methodist

The United Methodist Church is founded on a Wesleyan theology of grace, anchored in Scripture, and based in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the continuing movement of the Holy Spirit.

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"Would to God that all the party names and unscriptural phrases and forms which have divided the Christian world were forgot, and that we might all agree to sit down together, as humble, loving disciples, at the feet of our common Master, to hear His word, to imbibe His Spirit, and to transcribe His life in our own!" ⁠—John Wesley

Below are a few thoughtful reflections to read and consider.

#BeUMC Resources

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