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The Rev. D.D. Meighen recounts the story of the first Father's Day service in Fairmont, West Virginia.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: First Father’s Day at Church

In 1908, a Methodist church hosted the first service specifically honoring fathers. It was an event born from great love, and great pain. View

Historic image shows Titanic at sea.  Courtesy Phil Gowan.

Ties to the Titanic: Methodists aboard the famous ship

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

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

Wendy and Jake Jacobs were presented Saturday with a plaque dedicating Amis House, as a historic site of the United Methodist Church. The plaque was presented by Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, left. Photo by Jeff Bobo, courtesy Times News Online.

Bishops return to Amis House 225 years after Asbury’s visit

Amis House in Kingsport, Tenn., is considered the site where Bishop Francis Asbury launched his westward outreach in 1790. The settlement has been deemed an official church historical location. Read More

Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees

One of the most recognizable Communion hymns was formed in the West African Gullah/Geechee slave culture that developed in the coastal areas of South-Eastern colonial America. Read More

Participants raise their hands in praise during worship at the United Methodist Women's Assembly, 2014. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Ideas to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Find articles for discussion, hymns by and about women, and more about ways we define and experience God differently. 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

A Pentecost remembrance: Tiananmen Square

Rev. Doris Kung Chi Pui Dalton reflects on 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. "Please lift up a prayer for the people of China.” Read More

Juneteenth day celebration in Texas. Dates June 19, 1900. Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Worship Resources for Juneteenth

Prayers and hymns for the oldest known African-American celebration honoring the day slaves in Galveston, Texas received word of their emancipation. Read More

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Does April Fool’s Day have religious roots?

Find out how “holy fools" have a place in church history. "God’s own foolishness is the only true wisdom." Read More

Usha Satish (center), Delrisha White and Raven Williams will become corps members with Teach for America after they graduate from Bennett College this spring. Courtesy: Bennett College.

Historically black colleges offer settings for success

“The colleges allow minorities to understand their history, but they also prepare students to shape the future." Read More

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Book presents Charles Wesley letters

Happy 306th birthday to John's brother, credited for writing 6,000 hymns. Scholars took 10 years to create collection of his correspondences. Read More

United Methodists plan Sand Creek project

As massacre's 150th anniversary approaches, denomination wants to set record straight on Methodist involvement and work on healing. Read More

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