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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rev. Noé Gonzales (left) offers Holy Communion to Kaylee Naomi Avita Guerrero. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One

“Take communion as often as you can. It is food for the journey.” Watch and download a meditation about the sacrament, and reflect on how it nourishes your own faith. 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

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