What We Believe

Who are United Methodists?

A United Methodist is someone who puts faith and love into action. We believe that God loves all people, and that we are called to share in expressing that love. The United Methodist tradition emphasizes God's grace, and service as a response to that grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is the fullest expression of God's love--showing us the fullness of God's care through Jesus' teachings, death and resurrection.

John Wesley started the Methodist movement in 18th century England. His teachings on practical divinity (living out our faith) and appeals to reason and experience form important aspects of United Methodist practice today.
Trinity United Methodist Members Caroling

What do united methodists do?

 John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, taught that we pursue our faith in community and action with others.

We practice a social holiness. We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. The United Methodist Church has a long history of action and advocacy for social justice.

What do united methodists believe?

The United Methodist Church shares a great deal with other Christian denominations. We believe God's grace is open to all, and therefore practice "open Communion"--meaning that anyone may participate in receiving Communion.

We believe salvation is an open gift from God, accepted by individuals according to their own free will.

The United Methodist denomination is a "big tent" theologically, providing space for theological discourse and, at times, disagreement.
Like many other Christian groups, we affirm the beliefs expressed in the Apostles Creed.


The belief in one God, who is the Creator and sustainer of the universe.


The belief in the Trinity, that there is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Divinity of Christ

The belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is fully human and fully divine.

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