Church History

General Church
Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Ask The UMC: When was the first Book of Discipline created?

Since the first Book of Discipline was adopted, revisions over its history have dramatically changed its scope and format.
Theology and Education
More than half of U.S. Methodists — once famous teetotalers — now acknowledge tipping one back from time to time. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Poll shows church’s shifting views of alcohol

More than half of U.S. Methodists — once famous teetotalers — now acknowledge tipping one back from time to time.
Church History
(Left to right) Central United Methodist Church in Luanda, Angola, photo by Mike DuBose; food distribution site for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Dagami, Philippines, photo by Mike DuBose; the Rev. Shalom Agtarap, photo by Paul Jeffrey; stained glass cross and flame, photo by Kathleen Barry.

Ask The UMC: Has The United Methodist Church always had an official symbol like the cross and flame?

The official insignia of The United Methodist Church has been the Cross and Flame since its founding in 1968. The symbols and seals for other predecessor denominations were generally varied in form and use.
General Church
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Commentary: Should be hard to leave denomination

A church leadership scholar argues making it too easy for churches leaving the denomination removes the impetus to stay with the struggle and undermines the historical goal of unity among Christians.

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