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Resources for Back to School

Find blessings and other ideas for marking the beginning of the new school season in your congregation. Read More

Discounts available on 2015 program calendars

The early bird catches the discount -- and gets organized. Order before August 31, 2014, and receive 10% off any calendar purchase. Read More

Midvale Company mechanic, Larson, working on a machine at Thomas Steel, July 1932. Courtesy of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives

Labor Day Liturgies

On U.S. Labor Day, we honor the contributions and sacrifices of workers. Find worship resources to help your congregation celebrate workers as well as remember those seeking work. Read More

A child holds the American flag during an Independence Day celebration. Photo by E.D.W.W., Wikimedia Commons.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in your home

Ideas for family devotional time, songs, food and ways United Methodists can explore the history of America from a spiritual perspective. Read More

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Video Resource: Christian Conversations about Homosexuality

"Can we talk...?" features presentations and personal stories along with materials designed to get church members talking. More

July 4 Worship Resources

Find resources to help your congregation remember and celebrate the nature of true freedom. Read More

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The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

Sung in U.S. churches near the Fourth of July, Julia Ward Howe’s lyrics were inspired by Civil War troops and captured the spirit of the abolitionist cause. Read More

Oakdale United Methodist Church near Deshler, Ohio, stands at the crossroads of four counties. Rural churches remain an important part of the denomination’s presence in the U.S. The United Methodist Rural Fellowship wants to make sure rural congregations have a voice within any new church structure. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Accompanies UMNS story # 129. 4/10/12.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Guide to pastoral transitions

A new leader has ninety days to prove him or herself according to author Michael Watkins. Read tips for successful transitions to a new church. Read More

Summer retreat ideas for United Methodists

Did you know the Chautauqua, or spiritual learning center, was inspired by Methodists? Plan a learning vacation for your family or church group. Read More

Faith and Aging: A Spiritual Pilgrimage

Book on growing older strikes chord with boomer generation: “It deals with spiritual growth, which is sometimes neglected by other books on aging." Read More