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United Methodists Bond with Muslim Neighbors

When a mosque went up across the street, a congregation had a clear choice. “We could be cold to them, or we could welcome them to the neighborhood.” View

 
Image of Joseph in stained glass. Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, courtesy Flickr.

Faithful Father: Lessons from Joseph

‘No other man had a greater influence on Jesus in mentoring him and shaping him than Joseph.’ Adam Hamilton shares thoughts about this faithful figure. View

Hana Saleh and Elaine Koger pose for a photo at an annual Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Heartsong United Methodist Church and the Memphis Islamic Center. Video image, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists Bond with Muslim Neighbors

When a mosque went up across the street, a congregation had a clear choice. “We could be cold to them, or we could welcome them to the neighborhood.” View

St. Louis Salvation Army sign in a photo by Thomas Hawk, shared via Flickr, Creative Commons

Methodist History: The Salvation Army

The red kettles are a familiar sight at Christmastime. But did you know the group has deep ties to Methodism and Wesleyan tradition? 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

An Advent wreath with four lit candles represents the fourth week of Advent.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communciations

A Prayer for the Advent Season

"Let something wonderful begin in us." Video reflection offers inspiration and words to share during this Advent season. View

These Protestant prayer beads were made by United Methodist artisan and author Kristen Vincent. Photo courtesy of Kristen Vincent, Prayerworks Studio.

Prayer Beads for United Methodists

United Methodist artist says anyone can find focus and improve their prayer life with beads. View

Chuck Knows Church lights and Advent Wreath and talks about the significance of each candle.

Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of anticipation. Chuck looks at the symbolism in using an Advent wreath to count the weeks to Christmas. View

Brigette Dietz (left) visits with her friend Sahize, a recent immigrant from Syria, at a weekly gathering for coffee, cake and conversation at the United Methodist Church in Lorsbach, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

German Churches Welcome Migrants

Nearly 500 United Methodist congregations in Germany have reached out to displaced peoples."We were neighbors to the new neighbors, helping them to find their place here." View

A street memorial remembers crime victims. Chaplain Bruce Cook runs a support group for families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.

A United Methodist Prayer: Turning to God in Days of Trouble

When struggling with tragedy in the news or in our personal lives, we turn to God for comfort, peace, hope, and strength. Watch and pray. View

Chef Lucy Chelton demonstrates recipes with Girl Scout cookies. Chelton also cooks for her church in Lansdale, PA. Photo courtesy of Lucy Chelton.

Young Food Network Star Cooks for Church

Chef Lucy Chelton was a winner on “Chopped Junior” and gladly shares her gifts in the kitchen. “It makes me feel like I’m showing God’s love." View

Volunteers place wreaths on every gravestone at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.

Holiday Wreaths for Veterans

Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition. View

Church leaders attend the Safe Church Summit at Cathedral of the Rockies. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Keeping Churches Safe and Welcoming

What is your church's policy on guns in church? How do you keep children safe? A safe church summit started an important dialogue. View

A scenic photo of sun rays shining through tree branches in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Jim Starr.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

'And in our gratitude, make us to be instruments of your peace.' Take a moment to lift up your thanks to God this season. View

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

Musicians in the St. James United Methodist Church A-Flat Youth Orchestra in Kansas City rehearse.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Youth Orchestra Shapes Teens

Leaders of the A-Flat Orchestra are not just teaching kids to read music. “We have kids to reach, souls to save, and this program is all about that.” View

J.M. Smith founded Disciple Dojo and RefugeeJitsu to help refugee children build confidence and assimilate.

United Methodist Teaches Martial Arts to Refugees

JM Smith found a way to strengthen relationships with his young new neighbors. “I would want that if I suddenly found myself in another part of the world.” View

A member of Coraopolis United Methodist Church delivers Thanksgiving meals to paramedics and members of the military who work on Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving for Military and First Responders

"People love to feed one another.” A United Methodist church family makes sure no one has to eat alone on the holiday. View

Interior of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church as seen in January of 2014. Photo by Subodh Atal, shared via Facebook.

Lovely Lane:  A Methodist Birthplace

Dedicated on Nov. 6, 1887, this church became one of our most important buildings. “Your feet are truly on holy ground. Your eyes look upward and you see amazing things.” View

Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals

"I was taught at this church that everybody is family." Young people prepare turkey dinners with a side of caring for elderly neighbors. View

Organ donation illustration from medlineplus.gov.

Organ Donation

The church celebrates Organ Tissue and Donor Sunday each November. This short video talks about the "gift of love and hope" you may not have considered. View