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Artist's drawing shows sinners seeking repentance at an early Methodist camp meeting. Image in the public domain.

Methodist History: The Mourner’s Bench

Historians say a piece of plain, rustic furniture in early Methodist churches was actually a sacred place of transformation. View

Ushers prepare for the offertory during a Sunday morning service at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: Church of Presidents

A United Methodist landmark in Washington, D.C. was built with donations from leaders like Lincoln along with church members across the U.S. 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

Speculative portrait of Annie Sweitzer by Richard C. Douglas, New Windsor, Maryland. Artwork courtesy of Richard C. Douglas and the Strawbridge Shrine Association.

Methodist History: Slave welcomed as one of first members

African-Americans were among the earliest converts to Methodism in America. Annie Sweitzer was one of the first. View

Stained glass window features Shelly Gale, an early deaconess at Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman.

Methodist History: Mother African Zoar’s Legacy

Pennsylvania congregation has cared for its community for 220 years, and passed on their spirit. 'We birthed five other churches.” 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

Students from Boise High School come for free coffee in the lobby of nearby Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist Church.

United Methodist “Coffee Church” Offers Warm Welcome

Caffeine and kindness are helping this congregation grow. Hear how seriously the members take hospitality. View

Female graduates of Philander Smith College in Arkansas are seen in archival image. Photo courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History

Center Honors Black Methodists’ History

Heritage Center highlights important role African Americans play in the story of Methodism. "We all need to care more about each other’s stories." View

Pastor Rudy Rasmus preaches at his Houston United Methodist church. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Rudy Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips

Pastor Rudy's challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: "Don't bore 'em!" View

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy and his family march with the Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King on march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Courtesy: Abernathy Family/Wikimedia Commons.

Eyewitness to Selma: Faith Leaders’ Stand for Civil Rights

“Many people cannot understand the depth of patriotism of Martin King and other civil rights heroes and heroines." Pastor recalls historic effort for voting rights. View

Image of Methodist Bishop Gilbert Haven. Courtesy: Archives and History.

Methodist History: Bishop Fought Slavery

Gilbert Haven lived in the 19th-century but was progressive in his stances to end slavery, allow interracial marriage, and grant ordination of women. View

The Lorraine Motel (now a museum) is the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D., Creative Commons, 2012.

James Lawson: Befriending James Earl Ray After MLK’s Death

A United Methodist pastor and close friend of Martin King's explains why he reached out to the man accused of killing the civil rights icon. 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.

Editor’s Choice: Top United Methodist Videos of 2016

Our cameras captured a variety of ways the people of The United Methodist Church are making disciples of Jesus Christ. View

Image portray Susanna Wesley, mother of the founders of Methodism. Courtesy of General Commission on Archives and History.

Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism

John and Charles Wesley's mom was a strong woman of faith. “The differences she made have lived on because of the sons that she raised.” View

A billboard features 95-year-old United Methodist Shirley Bachelder. Image courtesy of Shirley Bachelder.

95-Year-Old Billboard Star’s Message: Love

Meet the billboard poster gal who reminded a city to love one another. United Methodist Shirley Bachelder helps us count our blessings. 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 recent safe church summit started an important dialogue. 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

Jenny and Elise Bonsky received capes from Kids Capes of Courage and Northampton United Methodist in Ohio. Photo by Gwen Kisker.

Kids’ Capes of Courage

Sewing ministry shares the superpower of love with those in need. "It is The United Methodist Church wrapping themselves around these children." View

Comic books feature the adventures of Methodism's founding fathers, John Wesley and Francis Asbury. The books were published by Ron Kerr Associates, 1976. Image from video by United Methodist Communications.

Comic Books Animate United Methodist History

John Wesley and Francis Asbury join the ranks of action heroes like Batman and The Hulk in comic books designed to educate and entertain. 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

Image of the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley. Courtesy of Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, PA.

Tindley Temple: A Highlight of Methodist History

Learn about a church named for a Methodist preacher who drew huge crowds in the '20s and was a founding father of Gospel music. View

Slanted communion cups allowed Victorian era Methodists to avoid the appearance of drinking alcohol. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: Communion Cups

Have you seen an unusual communion cup set at your church? Learn secrets behind the slanted glassware that many Victorian era Methodists used. View

The Rev. Kirbjon Caldwell preaches on a Sunday morning at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

Mentoring and Ministry: Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell

In three decades of leading one of the largest congregations in the U. S., the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell has developed his own style of preaching, and his own strong opinions... View

Sheila Washington talks about volunteering in feeding ministries at Church of the Village in New York City. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Grandma’s Kindness To Homeless Inspires Church Volunteer

Sheila Washington's grandmother would send her out with plates for anyone who needed food. That legacy of caring continues today. View

Members of the Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist help Syrian refugees, the Al Aboud family, get settled in their new home. Photo by Kisker Productions.

Refugees Find Freedom, Welcome at Boise Church

“Helping refugees isn’t a political issue, it’s a discipleship issue.” United Methodists in Idaho support families new to the U.S. View

Gil Kruger, a member of Hamline Church United Methodist in St. Paul, Minnesota, bakes a pizza in the congregation's new outdoor oven. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Pizza Oven Feeds Community

Installing an outdoor oven allowed one church to “move the altar outside” and share the “Bread of Life” with their neighbors. 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

Wake Forest University football captain Brandon Chubb loads the truck for H.O.P.E. a feeding and mentoring program for children.

Football Stars Feed Hungry Kids

Wake Forest athletes make big plays to defeat hunger. “It’s feeding a soul, a child that needs someone to look up to or feels like there is no hope.” View

United Methodist youth group members sign Christmas cards to be delivered to inmates in Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Schneider.

Church Christmas Cards Show Care to Prisoners

Church members signed and delivered more than 8,000 greetings to remind inmates that God loves them. View

Choirs perform Christmas hymns at Barratt's Chapel's annual Christmas Carols concert in 2016.Image from video by Kisker Productions for United Methodist Communications.

Christmas Carols at United Methodist Landmark

Step back in time and enjoy traditional hymns at Barratt's Chapel. “Worshipers were singing those same carols here, same notes, same words, 200 years ago, and that’s special.” View