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Hixson United Methodist Church hosts David Allen Wyatt's funeral on July 24. Photo by Jon Colston, courtesy of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Family of slain Marine calls on Chattanooga church

The family of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, killed at a military facility, planned his service where their children had played Upward Basketball. Read More

Commentary

3 myths about young clergy

Think young pastors want to serve only young congregations? Or don’t value “mature” opinions? Drew McIntyre begs to differ. Read More

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

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

United Methodist Women

Climate change was one of the topics addressed by United Methodism Women during the 2011 National Seminar in Birmingham, Ala. Social action issues highlighting the 2015 seminar in Chicago include mass incarceration.

UMW attend National Seminar in Chicago

Public events include a town hall on mass incarceration and rally of faith leaders on police accountability. Read More

Opinion

Darian Duckworth and her stuffed animal congregation. Photo courtesy of Rev. Duckworth.

Hearing a female preacher, I heard my calling

Darian Duckworth began preaching to her stuffed animals at age 5. In her blog, the young pastor recalls the impact of seeing Lisa Osteen in the pulpit and of the Osteen family’s ministry. 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

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

Kid Power

Vacation Bible School program featured Mount Everest project and benefited earthquake survivors in Nepal as seen in photo from Round Rock United Methodist Church in Texas. Photo by Jennifer Hall, Round Rock United Methodist Church, courtesy of UMCOR.

Texas children raise nearly $1,500 for Nepal

Kids who joined “climbing teams” at their churches for the program, “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power,” learn about faith, courage and giving. 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

Find Your Conference

One of the fundraisers at the Dakotas Annual Conference Mission Festival was to have your photo taken with a flat version of either Bishop Bruce R. Ough, or John Wesley. Photo courtesy of the Dakota Conference. Cropped by UMC.org.

2015 Annual Conferences Slideshow, Part II

Yes, it’s the sequel. We had so many great photos from annual conference we had to create another slideshow. Were you there? Check out photos of United Methodists from around the connection. View

Volunteer from Home

Crayons are a part of UMCOR's school kits for children. Screen grab from video, courtesy of UMCOR.

Make a school kit and help kids

In some countries, children do not have books or school supplies. School kits may be their only educational resources. Can you help? Read 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