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Clergy in Maplewood, New Jersey share signs of faith with commuters at a train station on Ash Wednesday 2014.  Photo courtesy of the Rev. Chris Heckert.

Offering ashes to commuters

Chris Heckert (rt.) of Morrow Memorial UMC and other clergy in Maplewood, NJ shared signs of faith with train travelers on Ash Wednesday.

UMTV: Church Erases AIDS Stigma

December is AIDS Awareness Month. For 20 years, congregation has been "embracing everyone despite nationality or health issues." Read More

UMTV: Church Turns Mission Into Members

Pastor of historic church says "recycling people" is key to being vital. "I want to challenge pastors that are in declining congregations." Read More

UMTV: Ministry of Memory

Archivists explain why record-keeping matters. "We can become this beacon to the church and say, 'You've been there. You've done that.'" Read More

Portrait of Gilbert Haven.  Descents of Haven have gifted about 1,000 of his letters to The General Commission on Archives and History. Haven was an committed  abolitionist and joined the New England Conference in 1851.  Included in the collection is a letter written to militant abolitionist John Brown. A UMNS photo courtesy of The General Commission on Archives and History. Accompanies UMNS story #048. 2/27/13.

Methodist History: Bishop Fought Slavery

Gilbert Haven lived in the 19th-century but was progressive in his stances to end slavery, allow interracial marriage, and grant ordination of women. View

UMTV: Museum of Methodism

May 19 is Heritage Sunday. The United Methodist Church's rich history comes to life in a fascinating collection of treasures. View

Devotionals for Newtown first responders

United Methodist Men to present Strength for Service to God and Community, a new manual designed specifically for first responders. Read More

Methodist history mixed on abolitionism

Individuals recognized for their efforts for freedom, justice and equality, but the church as a whole failed to join despite John Wesley's philosophy. Read More

King opposed war, not those who served

King 'foot soldier' emphasizes that acts of concern and care for those who defend the nation are 'essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar.' Read More

2012: A year’s worth of disasters

As pain stretched across continents and touched some places already damaged, United Methodists throughout the connection responded. Read More

2012: Hunger spiked when disaster struck

Whether natural or economic, disasters have driven up need for food assistance this year. Read More

Conferences reject church’s stance on gays

Rejecting the denomination's stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage were important issues for at least 15 annual conferences. Read More

United Methodists ready to Change the World

More than 1,500 congregations, charges, districts and conferences around the globe take the church into the community. Read More

Methodists cooperate in Haiti’s recovery

Two years after the devastating earthquake, church partners measure progress toward recovery in many ways. Read More

9/11 Pastor Seeks Peace

Myrna Bethke lost a brother on Sept. 11, but the pastor channelled her grief by helping others work toward making the world more peaceful. View

Women’s Spirituality Club

Members focus on one self-improvement goal each year. From different faiths, they take on topics like prayer and the Sabbath. View

One Year Later: Haiti Quake Survivor

The Rev. Jim Gulley was trapped for 3 days under the Hotel Montana. The tragedy served to strengthen his resolve to change lives in Haiti. View

Malaria Prevention Campaign to Hold Global Launch

Bishop Thomas Bickerton, president of United Methodist Communications, will join NBA legend Sam Perkins, Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly and others for the global launch of the Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign on Jan. 4 in New York City, including a launch event at the NBA store on Fifth Avenue at 2:30... Read More

East, West Coast Musicians Selected as Music Directors of 2008 General Conference

Two prominent United Methodist musicians, Marcia McFee of Truckee, Calif., and Mark Miller of Plainfield, N.J., have been named co-music directors for the denomination's 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More