Please welcome our panelists for today: u/gnurdette, u/greenapplegrove
They will be available to answer your questions from 8am Central (1pm GMT) until 8pm Central (1am GMT). Each panelist will post an introduction in the comments so let’s show our appreciation by upvoting them. There will be additional moderation to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience. For the purpose of inclusion, the definition of denomination is used very loosely and includes some theological points of view. The majority of panelists are current members of the relevant denomination but there are some ex-members who will be answering from a neutral perspective. Remember that these are all volunteers and deserve our thanks.
You can view our schedule of Denominational AMAs for this summer here.
You can view Denominational AMAs from previous years here.
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia regarding today’s denomination.
The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a worldwide mainline Protestant denomination based in the United States, and a major part of Methodism. In the 19th century, its main predecessor, the Methodist Episcopal Church, was a leader in evangelicalism. The present denomination was founded in 1968 in Dallas, Texas, by union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The UMC traces its roots back to the revival movement of John and Charles Wesley in England, as well as the Great Awakening in the United States. As such, the church’s theological orientation is decidedly Wesleyan. It embraces liturgical, holiness, and evangelical elements.
The United Methodist Church has a connectional polity, a typical feature of a number of Methodist denominations. It is organized into conferences. The highest level is called the General Conference and is the only organization which may speak officially for the UMC. The church is a member of the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council, and other religious associations.
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