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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 Freedom School volunteer reads with a young scholar at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Freedom Schools “build strong, literate, and empowered children.” Photo by Gwen Kisker, United Methodist Communications.

Freedom Schools Shape Students’ Lives

United Methodists staff and support Freedom Schools to empower young scholars to become tomorrow's leaders. View

The Rev. James Lawson: Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter

United Methodist leader reflects on the long fight for justice. “You have to allow history to move at its own pace.” View

Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a “blessing of the backpacks.” 2011 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers prepare for school, take time for prayer too. View

The congregation of Peace Tree United Methodist meets up at the home of a church member. Photo courtesy of Peace Tree United Methodist via Facebook.

Home Church Feeds Souls, Stomachs

“One house at a time, one disciple at a time. People who felt lost have a place here.” Growing congregation has more than one church home but no sanctuary. View

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Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast

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

United Methodists in Côte d'Ivoire celebrate 100 years of Methodism with an original song called “The Buzz.” Video image courtesy of Cote d'Ivoire Annual Conference.

Côte d’Ivoire United Methodists Create Music Video

“There is nothing more beautiful than to be Methodist.” Church members sing and dance to an original song, written to celebrate 100 years in the faith. View

A man prepares to descend from a rock climbing wall inside Metzingen United Methodist Church in Germany.

Membership climbs at German church

Rock climbing gym in renovated building brings young people to church. View

Congregants receive communion at Urban Village United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Urban Village Does Church Differently

“The church is successful when it shows up in people’s lives.” See how a Chicago congregation is attracting young people and bucking trends. View

The Rev. James Lawson: Supporting families, Children’s Defense Fund

“The agenda of the human race is an agenda different from the power brokers,” reflects United Methodist pastor and advocate. View

Members of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in New York perform during a worship service. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church drum ministry shares musical gifts

“The reason I come to this church is to pray, celebrate God, and play the drums.” Visit a congregation that is growing to the beat of a steel drum band. View