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Finding faith in “The Nutcracker,” a Christmas classic

You may be very familiar with this seasonal favorite, but a United Methodist pastor says we can see it in a new way through the lens of faith. Read More

Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light

"Advent done well helps us center ourselves." Watch and share this meditation on how to prepare yourself for the birth of Jesus. View

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas

Four devotions drawing on Charles Wesley's hymns help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas. 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

In his hymns, Charles Wesley highlights many of the aspects of Jesus’ birth. Infographic by Trevor Scruggs, United Methodist Communications.

Christmas in the Hymns of Charles Wesley Infographic

This beautiful infographic highlights some of the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. View

Author and professor Paul Chilcote has written a devotional using the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Singing our Faith at Christmas with Paul Chilcote

Hymns aren't just for singing! The hymns of Charles Wesley also teach us about our faith and help us draw closer to Christ in this holy season. Listen

Author and pastor Adam Hamilton shares about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Photo courtesy the Rev. Adam Hamilton.

Christmas through Joseph's Eyes with Adam Hamilton

United Methodist pastor and best-selling author of “Faithful,” shares lessons about character, faith, and fatherhood from Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Listen

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 can always learn more. See if you know these unusual facts about the season. Read More

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christmas

Christmas is a season of anticipation, giving and joy. Here's a look at how United Methodist churches around the world celebrate the birth of Our Lord. Read More

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Prayer for People Living with HIV/AIDS

A reflection reminds us all to fight the stigma and stand with those who have HIV. “Together with love, we can end this epidemic.” View

A scenic photo of sun rays shining through tree branches in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Jim Starr.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

'And in our gratitude, make us to be instruments of your peace.' Take a moment to lift up your thanks to God this season. View

Florence Nightingale is depicted in stained glass windows at the United Methodist Upper Room.

United Methodist Meditation for All Saints Day

We recall with thanksgiving those who walked in faith. "May we learn from their examples of dedication, worship, and love." View

The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico (15th Century), National Gallery, London. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

All Saints Day: A holy day John Wesley loved

The day after Halloween was a time encouraged by Wesley for Methodists to remember and give thanks for saints gone to glory and those still living. Read More

United Methodists can find comfort and strength in the symbols in our cemeteries. Photo by Machael Gaida via Pixabay.com.

Symbols in the cemetery: Expressions of Christian faith

A walk in the graveyard might sound spooky, but many symbols in our cemeteries proclaim our Christian beliefs in the midst of grief, fear and death. Read More

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Organ Donation

The church celebrates Organ Tissue and Donor Sunday each November. This short video talks about the "gift of love and hope" you may not have considered. View

Lay pastor Raphaël Aboua helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Methodist History: Why Isn’t Communion Every Sunday?

You may know that in The United Methodist Church communion is offered to all, but here's why schedules for the sacrament vary among churches. 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

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

Welch's Grape Juice was created by a Methodist as a substitute for communion wine. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Methodist history: Controversy, Communion, & Welch’s Grape Juice

What became a popular grocery item started as a response to concerns at church about alcohol. Read about Dr. Thomas Welch and his recipe's roots. Read More

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash.com

Five ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Find easy, fun tips to celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of our Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters to our community. Read More