The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a mainline Protestant denomination that is part of the Methodist movement.  It was founded in 1968 by the union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical 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 both liturgical and evangelical elements.

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