What We Believe

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Our Connection to All Christians

Our mission and identity is rooted in the essentials of the faith that we share with all Christians.  Read More

Our Wesleyan Heritage

John and Charles Wesley (brothers and founders of the Methodist revival) and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. Read More 

Our Wesleyan Rule of Life

As United Methodist Christians we seek to live by a simple rule. First, do no harm. Second, do good. Third, stay in love with God. Staying in love with God requires us to make frequent use of “the means of grace,” e.g., the sacraments (Holy Baptism and Holy Communion), public worship of God, reading Scripture, praying, and fasting or abstinence. Read More 

The Sacraments

With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist).

What we and many other Christians refer to as the Baptismal Covenant is central to our life as Christians. The Baptismal Covenant is God’s word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace, and our word to God, promising our response of faith and love. Baptism is our initiation into the church, our call to ministry, and a powerful paradigm for living as disciples, i.e., daily dying to sin, rising to new life in Christ in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Read More 

Holy Communion is our food for the journey of discipleship. Communion is a holy meal of bread and wine (or grape juice) that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. In this holy meal we experience the presence of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. United Methodists practice “open communion. All are welcome who repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Read More 

Our Social Principles & Social Creed

To help guide our thinking and actions in regard to our ministry in the world The United Methodist Church has created statements to guide United Methodist Christians in their efforts to create a world of justice rooted in God’s love through Jesus Christ. Read More