This course in United Methodist doctrine and polity is designed to provide an opportunity for substantive engagement and critical reflection about The United Methodist Church’s teachings and organization. This class is unapologetically not focused on church administration and/or governance (although these topics will arise). Rather, its focus lies somewhere between “history” (though not limited to the past) and “theology” (though not limited to abstraction). The goal is to encounter the texts and traditions that allow us to reflect critically upon what we believe (doctrine) and how that affects our life together through practices and organization (polity). Such a pattern aligns with John Wesley’s agenda for the very first Methodist Conference (London, 1744): “What do we meet for? To consider before God: 1. What to teach. 2. How to teach. 3. What to do? i.e., doctrine, discipline, and practice.”