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Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church

 

The United Methodist Church was officially formed on April 23, 1968 with the unification of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, along with the dissolution of the Central Jurisdiction, a segregated group of African American congregations.

Fifty years ago, 1,300 delegates and 10,000 visitors met in Dallas, Texas on April 23, 1968 to celebrate the formation of the newly-constituted United Methodist Church. This merger of 10.3 million Methodists and 750,000 members of the EUB Church resulted in one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world. Flags from fifty-three countries testified to the breadth of the new reality.

As we celebrate this anniversary throughout 2018, especially around Heritage Sunday on May 20, return to this page (www.umcom.org/umc50) for the latest resources to help your congregation remember this important anniversary of our church.

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Fifteen members of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, led by the Rev. Cecil Williams, would hold a silent vigil in front of the auditorium during the 1968 Uniting Conference in Dallas on April 23. Photo courtesy of the Commission on Archives and History.

Witnesses recall birth of The United Methodist Church

They were in Dallas, 50 years ago, as a new denomination formed from the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church. Read More

The merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968 brought together two traditions but also provided an opportunity for the Methodists to leave behind a heritage of segregation. 1968 file photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Focus on 50: Resources for the anniversary of The United Methodist Church

Between April 23 and Heritage Sunday, May 20, use these resources in your newsletters, on your church website or on social media to help your congregation learn about our history. Read More

Celebrating 50 Years: Anniversary bulletin inserts and social media graphics

Use these resources with your congregation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Download