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Validity of spiritual traditions

Norman Mark (left) and the Rev. Fred Shaw, director of the Native American Course of Study, talk about why it is important for Native pastors to blend traditional language and culture in ministry. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American Course of Study empowers pastors

Program connects theology course work and Native traditions, helping graduates grow Native congregations. Read More

A Passion for Evangelism

Viviane Daho broadcasts from The United Methodist Church's Voice of Hope radio station in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church’s voice of hope endures amid violence

The United Methodist radio station in Côte d’Ivoire has braved gun battles to share the gospel. Others want to emulate its passion for evangelism. Read More

The Sacraments

Confirmation classes journey together toward their first profession of their intent to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo courtesy of Brecksville (Ohio) United Methodist Church.

Beyond baptism: What confirmation means to United Methodists

Confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, but an important step in our journey of faith. Read More

"That which unites us"

Women pray during a worship service on Christian unity in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Church of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical Christian organization that includes United Methodists, sponsored the women’s event. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Group preaches Christian unity to Congolese women

Church of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical organization that includes United Methodists, is promoting peace in communities often divided by tribal, ethnic or religious conflicts. Read More

"Opening all churches... to all"

A woman holds a sign during an April 4, 2018, peace and unity rally. The rally followed the Commission on Religion and Race’s participation in the United to End Racism Prayer Walk in Washington. Photo courtesy of the Commission on Religion and Race.

Religion and Race celebrates 50 years

Formed as a commission to monitor the church’s integration efforts, the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has expanded its inclusion advocacy worldwide. Read More

Ask the UMC

Evangelical United Brethren Church Bishop Reuben H. Mueller (left) and Methodist Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke join hands on April 23, 1968, symbolizing the merger between the two denominations. 1968 file photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History; cropped from original.

When was The United Methodist Church created?

The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church joined to form a new denomination. Read More

In the News

Tess Junger, a student at Monroe Elementary, Oklahoma City, participates in a demonstration of support for the teachers asking for better wages and conditions. Photo courtesy of Whiney White Junger.

United Methodists support students, protesting teachers

In Oklahoma and West Virginia, United Methodist churches offered spiritual food and support to educators in the midst of struggle. Read More

Daily Devotional

Today’s prayers and resources

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

April is Organ Donation Month

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Organ Donation

"Because we believe in healthcare for all, we believe that transplantation and organ donation is a gift that we can give back." - The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe View