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2018 State of the Church Report

The choir sings during worship at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

A look at The UMC today

It is a season of change as we prepare for a called session of General Conference in 2019. Yet, as these stories illustrate, “the mission is yet alive.” Read More

Ask the UMC

Nativity set from Peru, photographed at the Upper Room Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Does Christmas have roots in pagan beliefs?

A look at the long history of celebrating Christmas on December 25 and how the early church arrived at that date. Read More

How We Serve

NC church supports deportee

Church extends support to deported man

CityWell United Methodist Church continues to support the family of Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who was deported to Mexico a year after finding sanctuary at the church. Read More

New Book for Advent

The Oakville Ballet Company in Ontario performs

Finding faith in "The Nutcracker"

You may be very familiar with this seasonal favorite, but a United Methodist pastor says we can see it in a new way through the lens of faith. Read More

Making a Difference

Servant-Leader Intern Deidre Thornton helps student Jonathan learn a new word at the Freedom School at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment

The Spiritual Gifts Assessment will help you identify meaningful ways your God-given gifts can connect with others in your community of faith. Read More

Christian living

Around Christmas time in Sweden, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head.

Santa teaches lesson in grace

We walk an emotional and spiritual tightrope between letting our children enjoy a magical Christmas and making sure they know that Jesus is the reason for Christmas. Read More

Our Methodist History

St. Louis Salvation Army sign in a photo by Thomas Hawk, shared via Flickr, Creative Commons

Methodist ties to The Salvation Army

The red kettles are a familiar sight at Christmastime. But did you know the group has deep ties to Methodism and Wesleyan tradition? View

True Meaning of Christmas Tour

“The True Meaning of Christmas” truck tour will be stopping in 11 cities between Nov. 25 and Dec. 17, with pop-up events at even more locations across the country. Find the truck or event near you!

Delivering Christmas cheer

“The True Meaning of Christmas” truck tour will stop in 11 cities between Nov. 25 and Dec. 17, with pop-up events at even more locations across the country. Find the event near you! Read More

Daily Devotional

The Trek by Robert Hruzek. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Today’s prayers and resources

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