While we share in common with all Christians the faith that God was in Christ, recovering and restoring our lives to wholeness ("salvation"), the energy that fuels United Methodism stems from a historic emphasis on "practical divinity." In simple terms, "Now, Walk the Talk."
We believe that in response to God's incredible, amazing grace in our lives, we are called to "re-present Jesus," extending his same indiscriminate, unmerited grace to others. We believe that this life of loving and serving other is, in fact, worked in us b God, who empowers us to live with "Christ in us." The United Methodist term for God-powered lives of loving response is "sanctification."
United Methodists did not invent the following, but we tend to be pretty fierce about inclusiveness: regarding men and women as equally gifted and called by God for a variety of ministries, and holding all persons, regardless of age, class, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation as individuals of sacred worth.
We respect others' faith traditions. We do not ascribe to a narrowly defined creed. In the spirit of our founder, John Wesley, we "think and let think," understanding that no single belief system can adequately express or fully comprehend the totality of God. United Methodism is proud to be a diverse community of people with diverse beliefs.
For more information about the United Methodist Church, visit the national website: www.unitedmethodist.org