The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a Methodist Christian denomination which is both mainline and mildly evangelical. Founded in 1968 by the 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 within the Church of England. As such, the church's theological orientation is decidedly Wesleyan. It contains both liturgical and evangelical elements. - Source: Wikipedia
Formed in a merger in 1968, the UMC claims about 12.6 million members worldwide, including nearly 7 million in the United States.
United Methodist Church, the nation's third-largest religious denomination, announced a plan that would spin off a new denomination that would continue to bar gay marriage and clergy.
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