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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

 
Mexican American students participate in the first-ever United Methodist Mexican American Civil Rights Tour in March, 2018. Video image  by Francisco Litardo, for United Methodist Communications.

Mexican American Teens Take Civil Rights Tour

Visiting sites where social justice protests happened and hearing the stories of Chicano activists give teens a living history lesson. View

Voices of the Methodist Central Jurisdiction

The Central Jurisdiction was a racially segregated body of the Methodist Church from 1939-1968. In this audio slideshow, former members of the jurisdiction discuss its history. View

Photo shows the green roof on the top of the United Methodist Building in DC on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Board of Church and Society, Tricia Bruckbauer.

Green Roof Reflects United Methodist Care for Earth

United Methodists are setting an example of Earth Day every day by going green high above Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. View

Rev. Rebecca Rutter gives a tour of the 98 sq ft tiny house she built. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Living Sermon: Pastor Builds Tiny House

United Methodist pastor and mom of three learned carpentry and crafted a 98-square-foot green, dream home. Take a tour. View

Vegetables from the farmer’s market are saved from the trash by members of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. The church has a chef who turns surplus food into healthy meals for the hungry.

Church Reduces Food Waste at Campus Kitchen

Church members keep carloads of fresh meat and vegetables out of the landfill and turn them into healthy meals for the hungry and homeless. 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

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

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

Rays of sun breaking through the clouds over water, image by Elms on the photo sharing site Morguefile.

An Easter Prayer for United Methodists

This meditation prepares our hearts for the joyous 50 days of Easter, when we bathe in the "light of new life made possible by Jesus." View

Pauline Lindo and the Rev. Brenda Presha deliver Angel Gowns to an Atlanta area hospital.

Recycled Bridal Gowns for Lost Babies

A mother's grief inspired a sewing ministry at her church. Now volunteers turn treasured wedding dresses into burial clothes for babies. View

Portrait of circuit rider Freeborn Garrettson. Courtesy of History of Methodism.

Freeborn Garrettson: Methodism’s Paul Revere

Paul Revere is famous for his ride on April 18, 1775. Learn how a Methodist circuit rider rode 1200 miles to gather the preachers in America to form the church. 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

Graffiti on wall reads,

United Methodist Beliefs: What does it mean to be saved?

Junius Dotson describes the assurance that comes after accepting Christ. “Because I am saved, I have the ability to walk with the presence of the Holy Spirit.” 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

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

Stained Glass Brings Bible to Life

The giant window at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection features over 100 figures, and tells the story of Scripture from beginning to end. 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

Image from film shows the marquee outside the Dallas Convention Center during the 1968 Uniting Conference.

Methodist History: The Uniting Conference of 1968

Footage captures part of the event that merged the Methodist and Evangelical Brethren Churches and officially desegregated the newly formed United Methodist Church. View

Methodist circuit rider in stained glass, Methodist Sky Chapel, Chicago, IL. Courtesy Chris Light, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hard Road of a Methodist Circuit Rider

Circuit riders faced difficult and often short lives, but their personal papers suggest that these long haul preachers found great reward in bringing souls to Christ. View

Clay figure of a circuit rider made by Greg Killmaster for the 1984  film,

“Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History”

200 years of Methodist history come to life in a very creative way, using claymation and lighthearted lyrics. View