May 20, 2018

“JUBILEE: The 50th Anniversary of the UM Church”


This year’s theme focuses on the fact that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the April 1968 conference in Dallas TX that united the former Evangelical United Brethren [EUB] and Methodist denominations to form the present United Methodist Church.


In fact, since each of our predecessor denominations was itself the result of a denominational merger. The United Methodist Church has continued in ministry far longer than each of its immediate predecessors.  The EUB Church was created in 1946 in Johnstown PA by the union of the former Evangelical and United Brethren denominations and had been in existence for 22 years.  The Methodist Church was created in Kansas City MO in 1939 by the union of the former Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Protestant and Methodist Episcopal Church South denominations and had been in existence for 29 years.  Ultimately, however, each of the predecessor denominations can trace its roots back to groups organized in America in the eighteenth century.


 The General Commission on Archives and History has prepared videos, Powerpoint presentations, and texts for local congregations and conferences to use as they mark this momentous anniversary.  The following website provides information about and further links to these resources.



Here is another visual resource