May 20 is being called a “once in a lifetime” event for United Methodists, offering an opportunity to commemorate the church’s history alongside the celebration of Pentecost. Numerous event-specific resources are available for congregations, including a video created to honor the church’s legacy since April 23, 1968, when leaders of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church declared the creation of a new denomination, The United Methodist Church.

“May 20, 2018 is Pentecost PLUS!,” said the Rev. Fred Day, general secretary of the General Commission of Archives and History (GCAH). “Not only is the third Sunday of May, Pentecost, the culmination of the great 50 days of Eastertide, the day for celebrating the loosing of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the gift of Christian unity, it is also Heritage Sunday. This year the Heritage Sunday theme is ‘Jubilee’ in a nod to the 50th anniversary, which often is referred to as the Golden Jubilee.

In addition to the video, numerous resources have been developed and made available specifically for the 50th anniversary of the uniting conference, including liturgical materials, the original uniting conference video, and a reference guide to the church’s history. UMC.org, the official website of The United Methodist Church, is featuring anniversary content at UMC.org/umc50. A hashtag -- #UMC50 – is being used for all anniversary-themed content across social media channels.

The new video, titled “We Still Believe: Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church,” was created by GCAH and Discipleship Ministries, in cooperation with United Methodist Communications. The video can be viewed and downloaded here. Also, the video will be shown via Facebook Live on The United Methodist Church’s Facebook page at noon C.T. May 9.

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