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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

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

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec.

Reflections on Our Faith

In these short videos, we offer conversation starters about some of the basic questions you might have on topics that range from theology to everyday life. Read More

Several U.S. presidents had ties to   what is now The United Methodist Church.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry.

Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties

Leaders from Lincoln to FDR to Obama turned to Wesley's followers for spiritual and social aid. Read More

Clutter can build up in our church closets and in our lives. A photo illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Spiritual decluttering: A fresh start for a new year

The closet may not be all that needs a fresh look. How might you make room for the Holy Spirit to do something new in you in 2018? Read More

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

A cross pin reflects Cmdr. Laura Bender’s service to the military. Photo by Jay Malin, UMNS

Ministry to Those Who Serve

Find stories, resources and videos about how The United Methodist Church supports military families. Read More

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

Image of sunrise. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Downloadable prayers for your home

“Help us to make room for the blessings that are in store for us in the coming months.” Read and share this printable prayer to help focus on faith as 2018... Download

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

United Methodists know Christmas, but maybe not these things. Photo via ChristianPics.co.

Five things you may not know about Christmas

Even United Methodists who know a lot about Christmas, always have more to learn. See if you know any of these little-known facts about the season. Read More

The Christmas Conference founded the church that would be led by Francis Asbury. Image public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Christmas Conference: 10 days that started a church

The founding conference of the Methodist church in America began on Christmas Eve. Their gift to us is a legacy alive in The United Methodist Church today. Read More

Joseph’s character helped shape Jesus. Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

Joseph: A model of character, faith, and fatherhood

He is pivotal to the Christmas story, yet the Bible doesn’t tell us much about the quiet man who parented Jesus. Still, his example has much to teach us. Read More

Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Ask the UMC: How long is the Christmas season?

Do you know the dates the Christmas season begins and ends? Read More

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

United Methodists were among demonstrators who converged on the U.S. Capitol to advocate that Congress act to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, Church and Society.

Protests for Dreamers lead to arrests

United Methodists joined with people across the country rallying for Congress to protect immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Read More

Choir member Juliana Amoah prays during worship at Calvary United Methodist Church, a Ghanaian congregation in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Migrant churches provide piece of home

Immigrants want their own churches with familiar language and worship, but the second generation may not speak the language and likely identifies more with German society. Read More

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

Screen grab from video. Nativity figure courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, TN.

Nativity scenes: More than meets the eye

The figures in that familiar Christmas decoration offer faith lessons, too. Learn about the symbolism in the creche. Read More

The Rev. Susanne Nießner-Brose (right) listens while a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who asked that she be called Fatima relates her story of fleeing Sudan to seek religious freedom in Europe. She  is taking asylum at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Bremen, Germany, where Nießner-Brose is pastor. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bremen church embraces refugees, migrants

A United Methodist church in Bremen, Germany, that welcomed refugees and migrants has found blessing and new life through the work. Read More