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Get Your Spirit in Shape

United Methodist podcast offers tools, tips and thoughts to help us live our faith more fully. Listen to individual episodes or subscribe. More

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United Methodist Beliefs: What does it mean to be saved?

Junius Dotson describes the assurance that comes after accepting Christ. “Because I am saved, I have the ability to walk with the presence of the Holy Spirit.” View

A woman prays during Stations of the Cross at Brentwood (Tenn.) United Methodist Church. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Rethinking Stations of the Cross

Church offers chance to take a symbolic walk to Calvary to reflect on the true meaning of the Easter story. View

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Chuck Knows Church: Good Friday

Jesus was crucified on the Friday of Holy Week. Learn how the day came to be known as Good Friday. View

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An Easter Prayer for United Methodists

A meditation helps prepare our hearts for those first signs of the resurrection life of Easter. View

Methodist circuit rider in stained glass, Methodist Sky Chapel, Chicago, IL. Courtesy Chris Light, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hard Road of a Methodist Circuit Rider

Circuit riders faced difficult and often short lives, but their personal papers suggest that these long haul preachers found great reward in bringing souls to Christ. View

Scene at John Wesley's deathbed is depicted in historic image. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Secrets of John Wesley’s Death Mask

The founder of Methodism died on March 2, 1791. Hear how a pathologist found clues in the plaster death mask as to Wesley's cause of death and other information. View

Man holds an 1813 Methodist Hymnal that circuit riders would have carried for sale. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

What Books Circuit Riders Carried

Early Methodist circuit riders were more than preachers, the books in their saddlebags carried the religious and social dialogue from the cities to rural America. View

Hymn writer Fanny Crosby, circa 1915. Image in the public domain.

Fanny Crosby: Legendary Methodist Hymn Writer

Despite being blind, she penned "Blessed Assurance" and "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross" and wrote more hymns than Charles Wesley. View

Archive photo of Georgia Harkness Methodist theologian.

Georgia Harkness: Methodist Trailblazer in Theology

During Women's History Month, we explore the powerful impact of an author and hymn writer whose work inspired MLK and remains relevant. View

Portrait of circuit rider Freeborn Garrettson. Courtesy of History of Methodism.

Freeborn Garrettson: Methodism’s Paul Revere

He rode 1200 miles to gather all the preachers in America to form the church. Learn more about this legendary circuit rider. View

Clay figure of Freeborn Garrettson made by Greg Killmaster for the 1984 feature film,

The Making of “Clayride,” a Methodist Classic

The claymation clip about the history of the church has many fans. But do you know how it was created? Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the artists. View

Desktop Meditation: A Lenten Journey

"Mini retreat" offers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown." View

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Methodist History: Revivalist Phoebe Palmer

This Methodist feminist and theologian was a popular preacher and speaker at camp revivals, more than a century before women gained clergy rights. View

Methodist reformer Frances Willard is seen in portrait. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Methodist History: Early Voice for Women’s Rights

Learn more about the 19th century reformer who fought for voting rights and full representation in the Methodist Church. View

Methodist deaconess Kathryn Maurer is seen in a 1935 photograph. Courtesy of California State Library.

Kathryn Maurer: Methodist Angel Welcomed Immigrants

Meet a deaconess whose kindness and dedication to those seeking a new life made headlines in her day. View

Dancers from Mandell United Methodist Church in Chicago perform at the 2011 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Desktop Meditation: Easter Joy

Watch and download a reflection with joyful photos of United Methodists around the world, set to music by the Africa University Choir. View

Photo shows an 1889 catalog of church plans published by the Board of Church Extension of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Methodist History: Church Plans Catalog

Ever notice similar style churches in different cities? There's a reason. Decades before the Sears catalog, the Methodist Church sold church plans. View

The Rev. Gilbert Caldwell poses with his wife Grace, and sons Dale and Paul in front of Bryantville United Methodist Church.

Gilbert Caldwell: Voice for Justice and Human Rights

The retired United Methodist pastor reflects on how his relationship with MLK and involvement in the civil rights movement shaped his life and ministry. View

Blind painter Jeff Hanson has raised over three million dollars for charity. Hanson credits his church with encouraging him.

Blind Artist Beats Odds, Gives Back

Despite significant health challenges, a young United Methodist uses his talent to help others. His work has sold to celebs like Elton John and Billy Joel. View

The Rev. James Lawson (left) joins Martin Luther King and Ralph Jackson at a March 1968 press conference. Photo used with permission from the SCLC of California.

James Lawson: Reflections on Life, Nonviolence, Civil Rights, MLK

The United Methodist pastor's parents told him “there’s a better way” than violence to resolve conflict. Those words would shape James Lawson’s life, leadership and ministry. View