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‘How can this be?’ A prayer following a church shooting

United Methodists offer a prayer for comfort, peace, and guidance following tragic violence in a sanctuary. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Read More

The 2016 Wesley pilgrims passed through the same doorway where Francis Asbury said goodbye to his mom and dad before sailing to America. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Pilgrimage: Bishop Asbury’s difficult departure from home and family

Visit to Asbury's childhood home reminds writer that Methodism's "American saint" was first a son who made a difficult decision to go where God called. Read More

John & Charles Wesley and the early Methodists built The New Room to house their meetings. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Pilgrimage: The New Room - Loving God and people yesterday and today

United Methodists attend the Wesley Pilgrimage to commune with the Holy Spirit who moved in the Wesleys and the early Methodists. Read More

John & Charles Wesley are alumni of Christ Church in Oxford. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Pilgrimage: Oxford history inspires today

Columnist Joe Iovino was inspired by what he learned about Oxford – the university and the city – in the days of the Wesleys. Read More

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar preaches at the May 14 worship service at the United Methodist 2016 General Conference. Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist Communications.

Pentecost, General Conference, and the Spirit of God

The Holy Spirit empowers the followers of Jesus to overcome that which separates us so we can share the gospel with the world. Read More

Delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference consider their hopes and dreams for the legislative meeting. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Separate but together: Living as individuals in community

Day 2 of The United Methodist Church 2016 General Conference had moments to acknowledge one's need for individuality in the midst of living within a community. Read More

The bishops’ emphasis on prayer is most visible as they offer to pray with people during the breaks in the legislative sessions. Pairs of bishops move to places in the lobby of the Oregon Convention Center just outside the doors of the main meeting room. There they pray with anyone who asks. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

‘A fire shut up in my bones.’ God-given passion at General Conference

Passion is on display on the first day of United Methodist General Conference, and God may be speaking through it all. Read More