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Painting by Guido Reni, c. 1635, depicts Joseph with infant Jesus. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Biblical fathers – faithful, flawed servants of God

As the U.S. prepares to mark Father's Day, reflect on some of the ways we can learn from the lives of biblical fathers, despite their imperfections. Read More

Students laugh in a classroom in East Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

A United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom

When students go back to school, so do teachers, administrators, and other staff. Take time to offer this quick prayer for those beginning another school session. View

Student celebrates after graduation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Photo courtesy of Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound.

Go with God: A Prayer for Graduates

Here's a video blessing for those who are celebrating their accomplishments and looking to the future. 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

It is now the summer season in the U.S. Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. 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

Jesus' ascension has been celebrated by Christians through the centuries. Stained glass by Francois Denis, photo by Crochet.david, via Wikimedia Commons.

Why Ascension Day matters to United Methodists

The Wesleys, leaders of the early Methodist movement, called this an important holy day. A hymn explains its significance. Read More

A baby holds fast to his mother's hand. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Prayer for Families

A short video reflection reminds us to pray for those closest to us. Share with someone you love. View

Methodists Ann and Anna Jarvis are credited with creating Mother's Day in the U.S. Courtesy: Historic St. George's UMC.

Mothers of U.S. Mother’s Day were West Virginia Methodists

Ann Jarvis had the idea and her daughter Anna led a campaign in the early 1900s to have Mother's Day recognized as a national holiday. Read More

Celebrating Pentecost with your family can be a spiritually fulfilling and great learning experience. Photo from pixabay.com, CC0.

Ideas for celebrating Pentecost at home

From red candles on a cake, to a shared prayer, there are many ways United Methodists can mark the church's birthday with family devotionals. Read More

Ryan Brechbill, Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at Otterbein University, advises student Haley Young, a public relations major. Photo by Marilyn Williams.

5 tips for students in a competitive job market

It's the time of year for graduations and job searches. United Methodist-related colleges offer career-prep tips for a "smoother journey." Read More

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

Photo shows portrait of John Wesley who had a conversion experience at Aldersgate. Image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

How Aldersgate Changed John Wesley

May 24 is Aldersgate Day, a special time for United Methodists. But do you know why? View

Charles Wesley’s “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is sung in church of many denominations on Easter Sunday. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

United Methodists sing, “Raise your joys and triumphs high!” as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The final word is life, eternal life with God. Read More

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

Whether you are taking a journey or starting out on a new path in life, consider "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. 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 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 we are struggling with difficult news in our personal lives or in the world, we can ask God for comfort. 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 Lent and Easter

Many hymns of Charles Wesley focus on Lent and Easter themes. These devotions use some of this early Methodist's work to help us reflect on the season. Read More

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

Charles Wesley, one of Methodism's founders, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Four devotions drawing on his hymns help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas. Read More

The choir at First Grace United Methodist Church led a rousing worship for members of the United Methodist Association of Communicators on March 23. The church, formed when two churches merged after Hurricane Katrina, has become a sanctuary church. Photo by Art McClanahan, UMNS

New Orleans church offers sanctuary

A diverse New Orleans church is willing to shelter undocumented immigrants in danger of being separated from family or returned to countries they fled. Read More

Photo of cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist by Austin Bond Photography. See more at www.facebook.com/AustinBondPhotography. Please email Austin at austinebond@yahoo.com to use photo, and send him a link or copy of the final project that features his credited photo. (arranged by Kathryn Price)

The Cross: What do YOU see?

“God took that awful thing and redeemed it.” United Methodists reflect on the origin and meaning of Christianity's strongest symbol. View