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The Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe and her father, the Rev. Alan Nagel were ordained into the Oklahoma Annual Conference, June 1, 2016. Photo by Hugh Scott, Oklahoma Annual Conference.

A church first: United Methodist father, daughter ordained same day

Alan Nagel and his daughter went through seminary and became clergy together. She kids him now, “Those are all the Father’s Day presents for the rest of your life.” Read More

Hands hold paper dolls. Photo illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Positive adoption language celebrates families

November is Adoption Awareness Month. A pastor who's also an adoptive parent shares which words work and which hurt when talking about the topic. Read More

People of all ages came out to enjoy Lego Family Fun Night at Celebration United Methodist Church, Gainesville, Florida. Photo courtesy of Celebration United Methodist Church.

Legos build connections

In a small community in Florida, a United Methodist church found their Lego Family Fun Night was a great way to build relationships across generations. Read More

Vacation Bible School (still) rocks

Rev. Laurie Haller says far from being a relic of the past, VBS is “one of the most important ways we invest in the spiritual formation of children.” Read her reasons why. 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

A greeting card acknowledges Mother's Day and Father's Day in a modern world. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Church.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day: It’s complicated

With single parents, adoptive parents, and grieving parents, speaking to today’s congregations requires sensitivity. Interpreter Magazine has tips for celebrating care-fully. Read More

Our choice of words can make a difference in celebrating families. These suggestions will help. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Positive adoption language examples and resources

See some useful alternatives to common adoption language, and other insights from an adoptive mom. Read More

Family praying over meal.

Ways to celebrate the Christian home

See family devotionals, church activities and more to observe Christian Home Month during May. Read More

Some 9,000 United Methodists marched together in Quezon City, Philippines, March 21 to pray and demonstrate family unity, solidarity and Christian discipleship. Photo by Mark Jabin A. Salvador

Filipino United Methodists rally for unity, discipleship

Some 9,000 church members joined a march in Quezon City to promote small groups and family devotion to faith. Read More

Image of soil from blog on Lent by Matthew Johnson. Photo by Simon Dooley, courtesy Flickr/Creative Commons.

Home prayer stations for Lent

5 ways to observe Lent incorporating things from your daily life including people you love, clothes and even dirt. 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

The real problem with our kids and social media

Jeremy Steele says children from the ages of 10-18 are developing skills that help them understand and relate with their world. Text messages and Facebook posts don’t allow for that learning. Read More

Photo illustration courtesy United Methodist Communications.

Cool ideas for your church’s fall festival

Pumpkins, harvest, fun and fellowship. Find ways to use your celebration to share the joy of being children of God with your community. Read More

“Today, with my production, I am a happy woman,” says Beatrice Monga. Photo courtesy of Foods Resource Bank.

Agriculture training in DRC helps families thrive

“I am a happy woman.’ On church land, 90 farmers learn techniques that use minimal chemicals and cut out expensive middlemen. Read More

The United Methodist Church made me who I am

Susan Burton says the attitudes and actions of her parents and grandparents – leaders in their church and community – influenced her decision to work for social justice. Read More

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