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MARCHA 2017

Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Bishop Mande Muyombo offer communion during opening worship at the 46th MARCHA Assembly in Dallas. MARCHA, the denomination’s Hispanic/Latino caucus, met at a Dallas hotel but held worship services in Perkins Chapel, at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Prophetic speaking a given at MARCHA

The church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus discusses Trump effect and celebrates 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Read More

Take action

United Methodists were among those present at a rally decrying racism in Greenville, SC on August 13, 2017. Photo courtesy Melanie L. Gordon, Discipleship Ministries.

Ways United Methodists can take a stand against racism

In light of recent racial violence in the U.S., there are calls to take action. By changing beliefs and behavior we can work to change the world. Read More

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Ask the UMC: How do we love our enemies?

This is a question many Christians struggle with. Agape love is hard. It requires action, not just a general sense of goodwill or affection. Read More

Video Worth Watching

A U.S. soldier enjoys a cookie sent by members of Alpharetta (GA) UMC. Image courtesy of Alpharetta UMC.

Church Collects Tons of Cookies for Troops

When a U.S. soldier told a pastor he missed Oreos while deployed, the church jumped in. Now they send cookies with prayer notes to those who serve. View

Scouting

Rows of tents house Boy Scouts, staff and volunteers at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W. Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Life as a Boy Scout Chaplain: Why I Spent Two Weeks in a Tent

A United Methodist pastor writes about the worship and ministerial benefits of spending two weeks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Read More

Daily Devotional

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec.

Today's prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer today with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More

Disaster Relief

The Rev. Susan Ferguson (center) of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, La., prays with Trent Noel (right) and his son, Jay Barnes, who are gutting flood-damaged drywall at the home of Noel's mother in Lafayette, La., in August 2016. As the one-year anniversary of the flood approaches, United Methodists in Louisiana are looking for more volunteer teams to continue the recovery work. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Louisiana needs flood-recovery volunteers

A year after flooding in Baton Rouge, the most vulnerable of the storm’s survivors need help to get back on their feet. Read More

Reflection

Being alone in a new city teaches a college student to rely on God. Photo via Pexels.com, Creative Commons Zero (CC0).

Embrace the place: God met me where I didn’t want to go

What would a United Methodist college student have in common with Jonah? Her story relates to anyone who feels alone in a new job, or city, or state of life. Read More