The United Methodist Church was originally established in the 18th century by John Wesley. The Methodist movement was birthed out of the First Great Awakening and has since spread to include more than 80 million adherents worldwide.
The United Methodist Church has two primary statements of belief. First, the Articles of Religion were written by John Wesley to reflect the unique theology of the Methodist movement. Second, the Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church was also adopted when that denomination merged with the (then) Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church in 1968.
A summary of all the foundational documents of the UMC can be found here.
With most other Christians around the world, we affirm the Apostle's Creed, which succinctly states our faith:
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.