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Historic record contains the minutes of an early conference of Methodist preachers. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Why United Methodist General Conference? History and highlights

General Conferences are part of our culture as United Methodists. They have shaped us in the past and will lead us into the future. Read More

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

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

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

Planning a wonderful welcome celebration is but one part of a successful pastoral transition. Photo by Kimberly Kappel, courtesy Flickr. Edited by

We’re getting a new pastor! What can I do?

When leadership changes, so do churches. A pastor who has been there before shares lessons learned and tips to make things work well right from the start. Read More

Timeline shares some of the history and highlights of General Conference. Infographic by United Methodist Communications.

Infographic: United Methodist General Conference History and Highlights

Easy one-page graphic explains the path The United Methodist Church has taken since the first General Conference. More

Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

Topic: Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More

Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Are you smarter than the average United Methodist? General Conference Edition

How much do you know about our denomination’s most important meeting? Take our quiz and then be sure to share the link with friends. More

Woman displays a set of prayer beads created for General Conference 2016. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

60 Days of Prayer for 2016 General Conference

Prayer effort invites each United Methodist to be part of General Conference. “Our denomination is only as healthy as the prayer life of all our people.” 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

There are seasons in Nature, and in life. Watch a video reflection about change using this well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View