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Dancers from Mandell United Methodist Church in Chicago perform at the 2011 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Desktop Meditation: Easter Joy

Watch and download a reflection with joyful photos of United Methodists around the world, set to music by the Africa University Choir. View

Easter Lily. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry. Accompanies UMNS story #347. 12/17/12.; A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry

Resources for the Easter Season

Readings and worship resources to mark the special season. Read More

Scene from short film by Chuck Knows Church on death and resurrection

A short film about death and resurrection

In this feature, Chuck Knows Church calls all "Easter people" to think about death and the celebration we can look forward to through the Resurrection. View

Ancient traditions still influence Easter

All-night vigils, baptisms, communion - and welcoming all worshippers - are more important than fancy clothes. Read More

Two boys enjoy an Easter egg hunt at Calvary United Methodist Church, Holly, Mich. Photo courtesy Calvary United Methodist Church.

Which came first: Easter or the eggs?

Ever wonder about the origin of popular symbols of Easter? Here's a guide to traditions such as decorated eggs, lilies and Peter Cottontail. Read More

Why did Jesus have to die?

As every Christian knows, Jesus freely died for our sins. But was there a less brutal way for God and humanity to be reconciled? Read More

“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection” is a painting by Alexander Ivanov from 1835. A web-only photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Magdalene: Apostle or harlot?

In the Bible, she is among the first to bear witness to Christ's resurrection. But she still has a reputation as the Gospels' bad girl. Read More

A fresco painting from the late Middle Age by Giotto di Bondone depicts the Crucifixion. On Good Friday, Christians around the world reflect on the meaning of Jesus' suffering and death. A web-only public domain image.

Did Jesus descend into hell or to the dead?

The phrase in the Apostles' Creed offers one answer to what Jesus did between Good Friday and Easter. Read More

Photo illustration of family painting eggs and preparing for Easter. Photo purchased from iStock, April 2104. OMG Images

Sharing Easter with your children

Ways to talk with children about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and ideas for preparing for Easter as a family, including making banners. Read More

Child paints Easter egg.

The Importance of the Egg: Children and Easter

Experts aged five to ten and the Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton discuss Easter eggs, "the symbol of the new life that we received in Christ." View

FAQs: Lent & Easter

Why do we observe Lent before Easter? Why do people give up sweets or caffeine for Lent? Find some facts about the season. Read More