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Four ways children do faith better than adults

Little ones may have a lot to teach us. Yet, we often "underestimate the depths of their soul, and belittle their beliefs," writes Stephen Mattson. Read More

Statue of St. Patrick. Photo courtesy of Andreas F. Borchert, Wikimedia.

St. Patrick: Patron saint of P.K.s

Chappell Temple says the preacher’s kid who was sold into slavery not only forgave his captors, he returned to Ireland as a missionary. Read More

Mike McCurry holds up four fingers representing the Four Areas of Focus during the October 18 round-table session held during the 2012 UMAC in Arlington, Va.  A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.; A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry

United Methodist McCurry marries faith and politics

Former White House spokesperson attended and now teaches at Wesley seminary. “I’m laying it on the line about who I am and what I believe.” Read More

Illustration: President's Day and United Methodist U.S. Presidents.  A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry. 2/4/11.; A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties

How did leaders from Lincoln to FDR to Obama turn to Wesley's followers for spiritual and social aid? Read More

Jennifer Dobbs and Matthew Oates share a moment after she said, “Yes” to his proposal of marriage in July 2008.  Photo by Marsha Esau.

Cupid in The United Methodist Church

Couples share how United Methodist ministries brought them together and the difference the church has made in their marriage. Read More

Do you have to go to church to be a Christian?

Read the United Methodist response on church attendance and Christianity. Read More

Spiritual Gifts: Miracles

Those gifted with miracles never doubt the power and presence of God in creation, and are able to help others see and believe in God’s power. Read More

Spiritual Gifts: Faith

The gift of faith is more than belief in Jesus Christ, but an abiding foundation of confidence that God works all things together for good, and that they people of God can rise above any obstacle. Read More

Reflecting on Our Faith

Theology is thinking together about our faith and discipleship. It’s reflecting with others in the Christian community about the good news of God’s love in Christ. Read More

Image of a white dove against a blue sky. Photo by Sue Mack, iStock

Spiritual Gifts

No one is without a gift, and each person has a unique role in the body of Christ. What is your spiritual purpose? Find out. Read More

Faith Stories

View stories of United Methodist members who are using their gifts to make a difference in the world. View

Growing in Faith, Becoming Disciples

As disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God’s activity in the world. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God. Read More

The Church in China: One pastor’s journey

At 69, he looks back on a Christian lifetime nurtured by his father and grandfather, who embraced the faith in the mid-19th century. Read More

Ernestine Shepherd runs 10 miles a day. Video image by Barry Simmons.

World Record Female Bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd is 75, runs 10 miles a day, and credits workouts and her United Methodist faith for turning her grief into joy. View

Campus ministry keeps students safe

At The Barn, the fun environment brings students in, but the safe environment and support system bring them back. Read More

Church fire guts building, not spirit

Outreach to Athens, Ga., community will continue as Oconee Street United Methodist Church faces uncertain future. Read More

Disaster recovery: Indiana town bounces back

One year after tornado levels Henryville, pastor says, "When we bind together as the body of Christ, we are a force to be reckoned with." Read More

Young people seek church relevance

Young adults gathered in Las Vegas to strategize how to transform The United Methodist Church for the future ... and the now. Read More

Kenya Youth Leader: Peter Karanja

Peter Karanja fled violence in his town, but found a church home at the United Methodist Church of Naivasha. Now his faith inspires others. View

Faith groups claiming power to improve health

In a group mistrustful of hospitals, churches and faith groups may mean the difference between life and death. Read More

Faith, health best medicine for Memphis

In a group mistrustful of hospitals, churches and faith groups may mean the difference between life and death. Read More

Grandmother builds orphanage in Africa

Grandparents Day is Sunday. Kay Oursler joined the Peace Corps at 65 and felt God's call to become "Bibi" (grandmother) to orphans in Tanzania. Read More

UMTV: Keeping God in your Job Search

How hosting a job ministry can change a church. "What are the odds that we'll speak to anybody about Christ this week that we don't know?" View

UMTV: Surgeon On A Mission

Dr. Steve Herbst performs surgeries in Nicaragua to serve the poor. "If I don't use my gift then I'm shorting what I could do for the kingdom." View

‘Pilgrims’ find calling in Ukraine mission

A friend reflects on the work of a United Methodist missionary and his wife after a tragic accident injures that missionary and kills two others. Read More

Religious life thriving on campus

Diversity accounts for new religious awakening at college level, say authors of 'No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education.' Read More

A year after Minot flood: ‘Faith thrives’

Despite losing its building, Faith United Methodist Church continues its ministry through partnerships. Read More

Joplin one year later: Moving forward

Tornado victims remembered as Missouri city rebuilds with assistance from United Methodist donations, volunteers. Read More

Pastor mixes faith, life in online ministry

After a medical scare, Scott Carnes learned the digital divide is not as wide among older and younger church members as often is presumed. Read More

Le Bishop Yemba lance un appel à la formation des leaders.

Dans une vidéo présentée aux délégués de la Conférence Générale le mercredi 24 avril 2012, le Bishop David Yemba a lancé un appel exceptionnel à la formation des leaders imprégné... Read More

Did faith drive Titanic musicians?

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck that claimed almost 1,500 lives. Did the Titanic band play till the very end? Read More

Relevance X 2012 brings spirituality to Sin City

A conference in Las Vegas brings young adults and those in young adult ministry together to shape the future of the church and the world. Read More

Giants defensive tackle puts God first

"God has blessed me with a tremendous platform to influence young minds," says Chris Canty, whose mom is a United Methodist pastor. Read More

The Vow: A real love story of faith

A new movie shows how United Methodists Kim and Krickitt Carpenter faced immense odds yet kept the commitment they made before God. Read More

Living with HIV: The Rev. Shane Stanford

He kept a secret until he was ordained, then some churches turned their backs. "I wasn't so much upset with God as much as with God's people." View

9/11 Memories: Arlette Kitenge

From Rwanda, Arlette Kitenge had been in the U.S. for one year when terrorists struck on 9/11. View

Mother for African Orphans: Kay Oursler

Kay Oursler is a person whose life has had many different chapters. Now the Arkansan lives in Tanzania most of the year to fulfill a pledge to help orphans. View

Pauley Perrette: Acting on Faith

She's a TV star, but her church and her faith keep her grounded. "I have Romans12:21 tattooed on my finger. It gave me my power back." View

Pastor ayuda como chofer escolar

Un pastor que recibió mucha ayuda para completar sus estudios, ahora se asegura que otros estudiantes tengan lo necesario para terminar la escuela. View

Tornado Losses, Lessons:  Rev. Kelly Clem

The Rev. Kelly Clem lost her child and her church in a 1994 tornado. Now she is comforting others recovering from storms. View

Driving Kids To Graduate

One pastor who had a lot of help completing his studies is now making sure other students have what they need to finish school. View

Ties to the Titanic: Methodists on the Titanic

Among the many intriguing stories of survivors, historian Phil Gowan says a Methodist man married a woman he met on a lifeboat. View

Ties to the Titanic: Methodist Band Members

Historian Phil Gowan says the band leader had Methodist roots, and the last song was probably not "Nearer my God to Thee." View

Assembly creates committee on faith and order

Creation of a study committee that will provide leadership in faith and order for The United Methodist Church was authorized April 28 by the 2008 General Conference. Read More