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Members of Grace United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. gather for fried fish and fellowship. Photo courtesy of United Methodist TV.

UMTV: Fish Fry Nets Disciples

“God works in mysterious ways. He’s worked through fish before, hasn’t he?” Discover how one church is serving seafood and netting results. View

Commentary

How summer camp changed my life

Does Christian camp really make a difference? For 18-year-old Molleigh McCann, it gave her some of her greatest friends "and strongest connection to my faith.” Read More

Beyond Church Walls

Street pastors on patrol in downtown Bangor, ME. Photo by Beth DiCocco, courtesy of New England Conference.

It’s 9 p.m. Do you know where your pastor is?

If you’re in Bangor, Maine, he or she may be “on patrol,” offering a listening ear, a ride home or a calm voice. Read More

Across the Globe

In this file photo, Bishop John K. Yambasu uses a Bible instead of laying on of hands during the induction of clergy as deacons and elders due to the Ebola outbreak. Senesie Rogers is being inducted as interim young adults president.

Sierra Leone works to meet post-Ebola challenges

United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu says hunger, education and isolated cases of Ebola are concerns. Read More

Video Worth Watching

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

It’s that time of year when many are taking trips or starting out on a new path in life. Discover "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. View

Vital Congregations

The ‘why’ behind the Vibrant Church Initiative

Twenty-nine congregations in the Texas Conference said “yes” to the VCI process which provides resources, strategies and support to church leaders who participate. Read More

Faith Stories

Chaplain Captain the Rev. Keith Manry was named the Air Force 2014 Chaplain of the Year. Photo courtesy of The Upper New York Conference.

United Methodist named Air Force chaplain of the year

The Rev. Keith Manry, who rebuilt a house for an Afghan family and played guitar to comfort a dying child, was “in shock and grateful” to receive award. Read More

In the News

The executive board of Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders. But religiously affiliated units still can maintain their own prohibitions. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Churches can have gay Boy Scout leaders

No local church will be required to accept any volunteer based on the new policy, says United Methodist Men executive. Read More

New Resource

Flowers adorn Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo by Nanosanchez, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons,  2010. Edited by UMC.org.

Hiroshima Memorial Observance Resources

Prayers and readings for churches seeking to gather in observance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S., August 6 and 9, 1945. Read More

Church Communications

Methodists take to the tube

Even before NBC’s peacock logo debuted in 1956, the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission was producing TV shows. Read More

In Depth

Robert Griggs (center) prays with others outside Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. United Methodists joined AME members in prayer following the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls

Topic: Responding to Violence

As we read the tragic headlines of recent shooting deaths in the U.S. and other violence in the news, how can people of faith... Read More

Ready for School

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Featured Topic: Education

Find prayers, resources, stories and information to support schools and students. More

Black-eyed Susan flowers bloom near Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. File photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

See today’s food for thought from the Upper Room. More

In Depth

Image of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Topic: Human Sexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read opinions by church leaders and members, find resources and recent news stories. More

In the Spotlight

Marilyn Spurrell and her daughter, Amy Atkins, are pastors at Faith United Methodist Church in Fargo. David Samson, courtesy of Forum News Service. Edited by UMC.org.

Mother/daughter pastors learn from each other

"Are you sure you want to work with your mom?!" asked Amy Atkins’ friends, but as she says, "I'm very grateful that it worked out that way." Read More