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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

A baby holds fast to his mother's hand. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Prayer for Families

May is Christian Home Month in the United Methodist calendar. Video reflection reminds us to pray for those closest to us. View

James and Jacob Cogman, United Methodist scholarship recipients, plan to follow their mother into ministry. Photo courtesy of the Cogman family.

Twins Follow Mom into Ministry

Mother’s Day will be extra happy for one United Methodist pastor. Both her sons have chosen to be clergy. “Watching her has really helped me grow.” View

Donna Miller of Historic St. George's United Methodist Church in Philadelphia points out images of Ann and Anna Jarvis at the church. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: The Founding Mothers of Mother’s Day

Two women created the holiday that falls on the second Sunday in May in the U.S. but do you know how, and why, they did it? View

The sign at Pennington United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., proclaims a message of hope. File photo by Raymond Landry.

The United Methodist Church: More than a name

Learn how our church's name was chosen. “If you leave the name ‘United’ off you’re leaving off both a significant piece and powerful part of who we are.” Read More

Student celebrates after graduation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Photo courtesy of Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound.

Go with God: A Prayer for Graduates

Here's a video blessing for those who are celebrating their accomplishments and looking to the future. View

Image portray Susanna Wesley, mother of the founders of Methodism. Courtesy of General Commission on Archives and History.

Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism

John and Charles Wesley's mom was a strong woman of faith. “The differences she made have lived on because of the sons that she raised.” View

Caroline Gowan runs a ministry called Loads of Love. Her church, Bonaire United Methodist, provides money and volunteers to help wash, sort and fold alongside recipients.

Teen Washes Loads of Love

United Methodist student knows it can be costly to clean your clothes. Every wash cycle, done for free, takes a load off working families. View

Lighting for Literacy co-founder Doug McNeil looks on as Maxine Parr drills pipes to make solar powered light kits for homes in Colonet, Mexico.

Church Builds Lights for Literacy

An idea for Earth Day at one United Methodist church is now touching lives around the planet and teaching STEM concepts to youth. View

Photo shows portrait of John Wesley who had a conversion experience at Aldersgate. Image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

How Aldersgate Changed John Wesley

May 24 is Aldersgate Day, a special time for United Methodists. But do you know why? View

A memorial plaque marks a green burial site at Eco Eternity, a memorial forest at United Methodist Camp Highroad.

Going Green for Funerals

Church camp provides eco-burial. Cremated remains are placed under a tree in a preserved forest. "A memorial to people and God's creation." View

Churches Connect in Nicaraguan Medical Mission

A United Methodist partnership builds relationships and infrastructure for better health in Nicaragua. View

Family Fosters 100 Children: Ralph and Sue Hillman

Sue Hillman felt a call to help those in need. "This voice, and I knew it was God, said, 'I want you to take care of babies." View

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

Whether you are taking a journey or starting out on a new path in life, consider "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. View

The Milky Way shines across the night sky in the outskirts of Lindside, WV. Photo by David Martin of Newport Mt.-Olivet United Methodist Church.

God’s Gift of the Earth: A Photo Prayer

'All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use it.' Video reflection helps celebrate Earth Day and the planet we share. View

Earth Day Every Day At Church

United Methodists set an example as good stewards of the planet. "God gave us a great gift. We should do our best to take care of it." View

Bikers exercise while generating electricity at the green gym at Cass Community Social Services, part of Cass Community United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit. UMNS photos by Jess Warnock. Accompanies UMNS story #023. 1/10/12.; A UMNS photo by Jess Warnock

UMTV: Green Gym At Church

A United Methodist pastor is leading a revolution - a green revolution. Donated exercise equipment and discarded tires provide jobs and power. View

Jim Maag points out an item on a church history wall he helped create at First United Methodist Church of Topeka. Maag is on the archive team. Image from video by United Methodist Communications.

Pro Tips for Preserving Local Church History

Archivists share best practices and cost-saving measures to help local churches preserve the past and share their stories. View

A genuine Tiffany glass window depicts Jesus in the Garden. The panel is on display in the lobby of the General Commission on Archives and History in Madison, New Jersey.

Methodist History: Tiffany Church Windows

A preservationist offers a quick way to tell if stained glass windows are valuable Tiffany originals. View

Photo of cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist by Austin Bond Photography. See more at www.facebook.com/AustinBondPhotography. Please email Austin at austinebond@yahoo.com to use photo, and send him a link or copy of the final project that features his credited photo. (arranged by Kathryn Price)

The Cross: What do YOU see?

“God took that awful thing and redeemed it.” United Methodists reflect on the origin and meaning of Christianity's strongest symbol. View

Apurva Kunte from Vanderbilt joins students from Tennessee State and other Nashville Universities and high schools in a debate hosted by Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church.

Church Builds Harmony Through Student Debate

United Methodists in Nashville invited young people to talk about the tough issues affecting us all, and seek change. View