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Listening for God on the Appalachian Trail

The movie "Wild" features a life-changing walk. United Methodist Dave Smith had his own hike on the Appalachian Trail, found his faith again, and became a chaplain. View

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Bakers at First United Methodist Church in Gautier, MI sell baked goods to raise funds for those in need. 2011 file video image by Reed Galin, UMTV.

United Methodist Pie Ladies Serve Others

“It’s all about good works, and good pies!” Some bakers in Mississippi use their culinary skills and their compassion to help their neighbors. View

Chuck Knows Church explains why United Methodist observe Ecumenical Sunday.

Chuck Knows Church: Ecumenical Sunday

Chuck Knows Church explains that Ecumenical Sunday is a time for United Methodists to strengthen partnerships with Christians of other denominations who are also part of the Body of Christ. View

Video image of Bishop Woodie White reading his 2015 letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Courtesy of Candler School of Theology.

Bishop White reads his 2015 letter to MLK

'Is there the belief that black life is not as valued in our nation as white life?' Watch video of this year's message to Martin Luther King Jr. View

The Committee looks at how to build relationships in a video series by the producers of Chuck Knows Church.

The Committee: Hospitality

Hospitality goes beyond greeting people at the door of your church on Sunday. The Committee looks at how to build relationships in a video series by the producers of Chuck... View

Members of AfterHours Denver sing hymns with the homeless in Civic Center Park on Christmas Day 2014. Video image by Deniger Stories for AH Denver.

Denver Church Celebrates Christmas with the Homeless

If you ever doubt there is God’s work going on in the world, watch 600 volunteers spend the holiday with their homeless brothers and sisters. View

The Rev. Jim Gulley talks about UMCOR projects in Haiti five years after the 2010 earthquake.

Haiti Five Years Later: Jim Gulley Remembers

Earthquake survivor Jim Gulley recalls that day in 2010 and looks at the progress in Haiti in the 5 years since the quake. View

Farm assistant Lebon Augulus and The Rev. Jim Gulley hold young goat twins in Darbonne/Leogane, Haiti.

Haiti Quake Survivor: Jim Gulley

The United Methodist aid worker spoke of being buried alive in 2010, and how two of those near him died. Still, the tragedy strengthened his desire to serve Haiti. View

In 2014, Dave Smith hiked the Appalachian Trail as a chaplain for the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Dave Smith.

Listening for God on the Appalachian Trail

The movie "Wild" features a life-changing walk. United Methodist Dave Smith had his own hike on the Appalachian Trail, found his faith again, and became a chaplain. View

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

Baptism: God’s Gift to Us All

See a reflection about the sacrament Wesley called “a way in which we felt, knew, and saw God’s grace.” View

Ernestine Shepherd runs 10 miles a day. Video image by Barry Simmons.

World Record Female Bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd is over 75, runs 10 miles a day, and credits workouts and her United Methodist faith for turning her grief into joy. View

Photographer John C. Goodwin holds a copy of the book written by his father.

UMTV: Church Photos of a Lifetime

The 1963 March on Washington inspired John Goodwin to use his lens to bring human struggles into focus "...as a means to promote social change." View

We Cancerve founder Grace Callwood and volunteer Addison Simpler hold a check from We Cancerve.

UMTV: Young Cancer Survivor Cares for Kids

You could call her Amazing Grace. Despite her own illness, Grace Callwood focuses on comforting other kids who are sick or homeless. She created We Cancerve to inspire others. Read More

UMTV: Worship and Workout

Pastor at gym stresses faith, fitness all week. "I look at the Y like the woman at the well. People come here. I provide that spiritual connect." View

A young man participates in Stations of the Cross at Brentwood United Methodist Church near Nashville, Tennessee.

United Methodists Speak: On Lenten Sacrifice

Video could give you new ways to look at Lenten sacrifices. “What is it doing in your life? What space is it creating to be closer to God?” View

Members of Broadway Christian Parish United Methodist walk with a wooden cross on Good Friday.

Easter Cross Walk

Many congregations invite people to participate in devotionals, but one church asks the faithful to take their prayers to the public. View

Easter Totem Pole

Easter Totem Pole

In native cultures, spiritual tradition was not only shared with words. One pastor in Alaska used wood to explain the Easter story. View

A woman prays during Stations of the Cross at Brentwood United Methodist Church.

Rethinking Stations of the Cross

United Methodists in Brentwood, Tennessee take a symbolic walk to Calvary to reflect on the true meaning of the Easter story. View

Child paints Easter egg.

The Importance of the Egg: Children and Easter

Experts aged five to ten and the Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton discuss Easter eggs and their symbolism. View

Good Friday Cross Journey

A pastor took a tree from his yard and created a 14 ft., 425-lb. cross neighbors carried for 14 miles. "We became a church without walls." View

Farmers in Guatemala and Mexico derive income from the sale of palm leaves for Palm Sunday.

Eco Alternative for Palm Sunday

Harvesting palms the traditional way can harm the environment. UMCOR and partners offer a green alternative known as Eco-Palms. View

Members of Grace Avenue United Methodist Church portray Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper.

UMTV: Easter Church Drama

Last Supper comes to life as church members portray disciples and ask "Master, is it I?" View

Church members from Apex UMC take part in a Las Posadas.

Las Posadas: Welcoming Jesus

“Posadas is a beautiful chaos and today is no exception.” Follow along as church members reenact the Christmas story with their neighbors. View

A creche from Columbia is part of the Nativity Museum at First United Methodist in Tullahoma, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Price.

New Ways to See the Nativity Scene

Video points out small details in the familiar figures of a manger scene which give added meaning to the story of Christ's birth. View

Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light

"Advent done well helps us center ourselves." Watch and share a meditation on how to prepare yourself for the birth of Jesus. View

Screen grab from video courtesy of Buda United Methodist Church.

The Christmas story as told by children

Children from Buda United Methodist Church present a touching version of Jesus’ birth complete with angels, a slightly grumpy donkey and a very tiny king. Read More

Joseph leads Mary from house to house in this traditional Hispanic reenactment of Mary’s journey called Las Posadas.

Latino Christmas Journey

Posada is the Spanish word for "lodging." Some churches reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem called Las Posadas View

Dr. Martin Salia, shown at United Methodist Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, in March, has tested positive for Ebola.  .The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after Salia, chief medical officer and surgeon, received the diagnosis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Doctor says God called him to Sierra Leone

In an exclusive interview earlier this year, Dr. Martin Salia explains his drive to serve. "There was something inside of me that the people of Freetown needed help." View

Steve McKay is a TV weatherman in Bangor, Maine. He is also a United Methodist pastor.

TV Weatherman Pastor

Weather, like life, can change quickly. One Maine meteorologist, who is also a minister, says his jobs require surprisingly similar skills. View

Wolfgang is a service dog for a veteran with PTSD.

For some vets, service dogs are the ‘best medicine’

Veterans dealing with PTSD say training a canine companion "provides a one-time fee for a dog, instead of a lifetime of medication." View

Pastor Jenny Smith preaches in Oct. 2012 at St. John's UMC in Anchorage, Alaska. Courtesy: St. John's UMC.

Called to Alaska: Pastor Jenny Smith

'There's a gift in the isolation.' A preacher’s kid, who found her calling as a teen, now serves in Anchorage and says the location has special blessings. View

Chuck Knows Church talks about the universal Christian symbol, the cross.

Chuck Knows Church: Cross

The cross is the best known symbol of Christianity. But why do crosses look different in some churches? View

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Prayer for Those Affected by Ebola

The Rev. Frederick Yebuah, a native of Ghana, reads a prayer he composed in response to the Ebola crisis. View

Charley Brower, the first Native Alaskan pastor appointed by the United Methodist Church.

Alaska Native Pastor

Through his photos and thoughts, Charley Brower describes serving in a remote part of the U.S. View

Children participate in a youth rally at Gurdon United Methodist Church.

New Day for a Dying Church

See how a one day youth rally revived an aging congregation. View

Students participate in 2014 fall orientation for Southwestern College.

The UMC Education Connection: Southwestern College

Freshman orientation at college has a new attitude. Check out "builder camp." View

Kirby the Ministry Dog accompanies The Rev Arlene Tulley on pastoral visits.

Ministry Dog Puts Churchgoers at Ease

The Rev. Arlene Tully says people are always happy to see her with Kirby the Ministry Dog. View

Chuck explores the story of the Three Kings from the Gospel of Matthew.

Chuck Knows Church: Wise Men

The first visitors who came to worship the Baby Jesus are called the Wise Men or the Three Kings. View

Students grow vegetables to be served in the cafeteria at Seminary Hill Farm.

Seminary Farm Combines Theology and Ecology

United Methodist seminary offers degree programs focusing on organic farming and food justice. View

Advent Meditation: O come, Emmanuel

The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail. View