I've been trying to wrap my mind around methodism. Here are a few salient points I've grasped so far (never being a member among them). Please feel free to correct me or add your own! 1) There is one Methodist 'church' by and large, in the world, the "UMC," united methodist church, notwithstanding the myriad little splinter groups, the nazarenes, the wesleyan churches and other fragments? 2) The UMC is going through a convulsion not unlike the Episcopal Church but on a global scale, where the heterodox 1st world Methodists clash with the conservative 3rd world? 3) The conservative non-Europeans have held the line up to this point, but the heterodox and heretics are slowly gaining ground? 4) Judging from this thread, Methodist spirituality is in a slump, having been attemptedly revived by theologians who teach 'paleo-orthodoxy' (ie. "ancient orthodoxy"), which ironically unfolds as being the Ancient and Anglican tradition? What else am I missing?