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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: What Happened at General Conference?

Amid growing concerns for the denomination’s future, the 2016 General Conference authorized the formation of a commission to deal with church teachings on homosexuality and find ways to help the church stay together. The Commission on a Way Forward submitted proposals that were considered by the delegates at the 2019 special called General Conference.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Although Ash Wednesday has ancient roots, it does not appear in the rituals of The United Methodist Church or our predecessor denominations until the 20th century.

Ask The UMC: When did Ash Wednesday begin and why do we celebrate it?

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
Mission and Ministry
More than 350 United Methodist missionaries serve in more than 65 countries around the world.

Ask the UMC: How many missionaries are there?

More than 350 United Methodist missionaries serve in more than 65 countries around the world.
Mission and Ministry
A Bible coated in mud lays outside Fenwick (W. Va.) United Methodist Church following heavy flooding. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Ask The UMC: How should we dispose of Bibles?

When so worn or damaged as to be no longer useable, Bibles should be disposed of with reverence and with appropriate ritual action.

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