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Fields Chapel United Methodist Church, in Cherokee County, Ga., has been going since about 1820. The current sanctuary had its dedication in 1899. The Rev. Sam Jones, a noted revivalist, preached the dedication sermon to a large crowd. Photo by Scott MacInnis, courtesy Historic Rural Churches of Georgia.

Finding friends for old country churches

Two Atlanta men use website to promote preservation of rural sacred spaces. “It turns out a lot of people do care." Read More


Ebola: A cry for faith

Rose Farhat uses the story of the four men letting their friend down to see Jesus through a roof to describe the response needed for those caught in the Ebola epidemic. Read More

Around the Church

Episcopalians and United Methodists share Communion at the U.S. National Cathedral. Photo Melissa Lauber, courtesy the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

United Methodists, Episcopalians celebrate Eucharist sharing agreement

Week of Christian Unity becomes ‘real’ as Communion is served to people from both denominations at U.S. National Cathedral. Read More

For Lent

One Great Hour of Sharing Lenten Devotions

Each devotional shares an aspect of UMCOR’s work to alleviate human suffering in more than 80 countries, including the United States. More

Social Justice

The Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, pastor of Norwalk United Methodist Church in Norwalk, Iowa, is working for the release of his brother from prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Photo by the Rev. Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference

Pastor seeks help freeing brother in Congo

A United Methodist pastor has appealed to Obama administration to help secure the release of his brother, who was arrested after criticizing the Congolese government. Read More

Across the Globe

The College of West Africa building will be the site of the new graduate school of theology at United Methodist University in Liberia.  Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Liberian church to start graduate school of theology

The hope is that all United Methodist clergy in Liberia will have a minimum of a Master of Divinity degree. Read More

Special for Kids

Members of the award-winning EPIC puppet team lead worship services at Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church, as well as perform at special events. Photo from Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church.

Praising the Lord with puppet power

Puppet ministries engage kids with Bible-based skits and inspiring songs. "It is not just puppets entertaining children. It's a worship service." Read More

Life Tips

A photo illustration on the topic of happiness. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Real happiness is more than putting on a face

What makes us happy? A United Methodist pastor and a professor agree that it is not about externals we receive or achieve, but an 'inside job.' Read More

Video Worth Watching

Members of Wildwood United Methodist Church (Fla.) show off their faith tattoos. UMTV video image by Reed Galin.

Taking Church to a Tattoo Parlor

Some churchgoers are getting cross and flame tattoos that they hope will spark meaningful conversations about their faith. View

Feeding the Spirit

Members of Luz del Pueblo pray together. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Olinda Salazar-Veliz.

Too busy to pray? See tips to find more time

These practical pointers can help you prioritize prayer in your daily life. More

A candle burns during a service. Photograph by Angelia Sims of Angelia's Photography.

Daily Devotional

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

Spotlight on Education

Winners of the Ninth National Bible Quiz stand with organizers and Filipino bishops at the Philippine Bible Society Auditorium in Manila.  The theme of the 2015 quiz was “Sharing God’s World, Empowering the Poor, Transforming the Land.”  The quiz is co-sponsored by The United Methodist Church Board of Christian Education and Discipleship and the Philippine Bible Society. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS

National Bible Quiz winner plans to keep studying

Philippine Bible quiz contestants hope to use what they’ve learned to inspire their churches. Read More