Church History

Theology and Education
At the time of Jesus, cremation was widely practiced by the Romans, but rarely by Jews and Christians because of their belief that the bodies of believers would one day be physically resurrected. Photo by MaryW, courtesy of Pixabay.

Ask the UMC: How does the church view cremation, organ donation?

Find out the history of cremation from a Christian viewpoint and the church's stance today.
Mission and Ministry
An ecumenical gathering to commemorate and celebrate the 450th anniversary of the publication of the Bible in Spanish, known as La Biblia del Oso, which was published by Casiodoro de Reina in 1569, is set for Oct. 27 in San Antonio. Photo by Mike DuBose, El Interprete.

Celebrating the first complete Bible in Spanish

“The Bible of the Bear,” the first complete Bible translation to Spanish, will be celebrated at a ceremony in San Antonio.
Theology and Education
Seawall cross and moon at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Ask The UMC: What is The United Methodist Church's view of Halloween?

Find out how cultural celebrations for Halloween have evolved alongside church celebrations for All Saints Day.
Theology and Education
Admittance to a Society Meeting required a ticket from a Class Meeting. Around the edges of this ticket from 1814 are several reminders of acts of piety. Photo courtesy of  the General Commission on Archives and History.

Ask The UMC: How did John Wesley empower lay people?

Weekly class meetings nurtured and equipped lay people to become disciples.

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