Ask the UMC: Is the UMC in Canada, Australia, Latin America, Asia?

Is there a structure for the UMC in Canada, Australia, Latin America or Asia?

The Methodist Episcopal Church first established a Methodist presence in Asia in the late 1800s (India in 1885 and China in 1897), then in Europe (1908), and in Africa and Latin America in the 1920s.

In the early and mid-20th century, for a variety of reasons, some annual conferences outside the U.S. became autonomous, particularly in most regions of Asia and Latin America.

The United Methodist Church continues to have a presence in the Philippines.

Read more on the history of the UMC in Asia.

Puerto Rico became fully autonomous in 2004 after a decision at the 1992 General Conference to move toward autonomy.

In 1925, the Methodist Church of Canada and several other denominations united to form the United Church of Canada.

The Uniting Church of Australia was formed in 1977 by a union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Australia.

The United Methodist Church has special relationships with the Methodist churches of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the Americas, and Great Britain. This includes mutual recognition of ordained ministries, voting rights at each other’s General Conference, interaction with United Methodist agencies and the Council of Bishops, and partnership in mission programs.

Learn more about our organization around the world.

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This content was produced by InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications.

First published Oct. 11, 2016.

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