Theology and Education

Church History
John Wesley portrait from the U.S. Library of Congress, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (altered from original)

Ask The UMC: Are we saved if accepting God's grace happens gradually and not in one specific moment?

United Methodists understand that people have different experiences of awakening and turning to God. Both John and Charles Wesley had memorable, heart-warming experiences of God's grace.
General Church
Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.
Theology and Education
Public domain image from the National Child Labor Committee collection by Lewis Wickes-Hine, courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Ask The UMC: Why do we have Social Principles? Where did they come from?

The Methodist Social Creed, predecessor to the Social Principles, originated over a century ago to express concern over the exploitation of millions of workers.
Mission and Ministry
This photo, taken in 2010, shows Bennett College, a women-only school in Greensboro, N.C. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Black colleges and universities face challenges, too

While there have been no recent closures of United Methodist-affiliated black colleges and universities, schools such as Bennett College still face a challenging landscape.

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