What We Believe
The Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ is a way of life that affects every part of our journey: relationships with others (mercy, justice, compassion, reconciliation, love), our relationship with creation (being good stewards of all God has given us), and our relationship with our creator (God). Journeying together is foundational for us. Worshiping, growing, and going out into the world bearing Christ’s love requires being in community together. We need each other, and the image of God that each of us represents, in order to be the church God has formed us to be.
What do United Methodists believe?
As United Methodists, we are Christians. We share affirmations in common with all Christian communities. Beyond that, our founder John Wesley placed a special emphasis on Christian living. We think putting faith and love into action – doing what Jesus would have us do – is what ultimately transforms our minds and hearts to be more like Christ. Wesley also gave us a rich understanding of God’s unconditional love. There’s even a special grace available to those of us who don’t believe yet.
"In essentials unity. In nonessentials liberty. In all things charity."
- John Wesley
What role do we play in the international church?
Through the broader church, we have opportunities to learn and grow in our spiritual journey. We also find ways to serve and to support the missions of our church throughout the world. When disaster struck in Haiti in the earthquake of 2010, for example, our broader church’s relief agency had already been on the ground. At a time when no planes were coming or going, and communication was scarce, we could help immediately through the denomination’s relief efforts.
Why is the United Methodist church symbolized by the cross and flame?
The red flame is a symbol of Spirit. It is the symbol of the day of Pentecost, after Easter, when the Holy Spirit comes to unify the fellowship of believers on Earth. It is a symbol of divine blessing and power. Our emblem also reminds us of a transforming moment in the life of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, when he sensed God’s presence and felt his heart “strangely warmed.”