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Jesus prayed for forgiveness of those who were putting him to death. We are also to be forgiving. “Crucifixion” by Peter Gertner, 16th century. Walters Art Museum, Public domain, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Why those who are forgiven should be forgiving

Jesus made a sacrifice so that we might be forgiven. As Christians, we too should be forgiving of others. Read More

A cross stands at Memorial Drive UMC in Houston, Texas. Photo  by Joe Center.

Beyond fasting: 10 tips for a more meaningful Lent

Study a book of the Bible or read a Wesley sermon. There are lots of ways to be creative and get the most from the season. More

Woman holds candle. Photo by Courtney Carmody, courtesy of Flickr.

Re-energize your prayer life with a new practice

There is no one-size-fits-all for a great prayer life. And practice does make a difference. Read More

Words are listed as part of the RETHINKCHURCH.org photo challenge to ask how you perceive Lent. Image courtesy of Rethink Church, United Methodist Communications.

Rethink Church: Lenten Photo A Day Project

How do you see the word mighty or heal? Join the Rethink Church photo challenge and share with the online community how you perceive Lent. More

Woman sits in park. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

40 Days of Lent: Find your own spiritual path

There is no one, right way to observe a holy Lent. These ideas and resources will help you stay on track throughout the season. Read More

Graphic courtesy of Imagine No Malaria, United Methodist Communications

New resources for Lent from Imagine No Malaria

Subscribe to sermon starters, worship elements, donation boxes and more to put a focus on helping others this Lenten season. Read More

Lent and Easter Resources from Discipleship Ministries

Discipleship Ministries offers these resources to help your congregations prepare for Lent and Easter. More

New ways of praying at Lent

Find ideas to create prayer centers to enhance the Lenten journey. Read More

Beyond Bethlehem: Hope for Refugees this Christmas

Celebrate Jesus’ birthday in a way that truly honors him by focusing on the urgent, global refugee crisis. Use these resources for your congregation to urge them to give half the money they would spend to help refugees. More

2015 Advent Photo A Day

Are you a visual psalmist? Do you pray with your camera in your hand? Join Alive Now for this daily spiritual practice. Read More

Ingrid McIntyre receives ashes from street chaplain, Lindsey Krinks. About 30 people gathered as a community to share in the Ash Wednesday liturgy and to raise awareness of those suffering from homelessness and poverty. McIntyre is a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn. A file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Why ashes? Connecting to who we are and who we can be

We see them on Ash Wednesday, but how much do you know about this ancient symbol and its underlying message? Read More

Desktop Meditation: A Lenten Journey

"Mini retreat" offers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown." View

Man receives ashes on his forehead.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Making Ash Wednesday Accessible for Children

Ash Wednesday can be among the most accessible of rituals in our liturgy for children and their families, IF it's not handled in a "stuffy" or overly formalistic way. Read More

Judas Iscariot (right), retiring from the Last Supper. New Testament scholars argue for a nuanced view of the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch, late 19th century. Public domain

What can Christians learn from Judas?

Christians still struggle today with how to view Jesus’ most notorious disciple. Scholars argue for a nuanced view. Read More

A waterfall at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

‘God, why have you left me?’ What people of faith can do with doubt

Jesus prays a prayer of abandonment from the cross. Many Christians have felt similarly and wondered if that is OK. Read More

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