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Little River United Methodist Church aids homeless neighbors with showers and laundry. Photo courtesy the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate.

Helping ‘the folks from the woods’

Little River United Methodist Church offers homeless neighbors free showers, laundry to be a bridge "back to where they need to go.” Read More

Chuck Knows Church talks about the process of confirmation in The Church.

Chuck Knows Church: Confirmation (Part 1)

Chuck Knows Church explores the spiritual journey from Baptism to Confirmation. Chuck shares memories of his own time of discernment and Confirmation. View

Chuck Knows Church talks about the process of confirmation in The Church.

Chuck Knows Church: Confirmation (Part 2)

Chuck Knows Church answers the question, "What is Confirmation?" This episode explains the spiritual journey from Baptism to Confirmation and the public affirmation of faith made in Confirmation. View

What happens to the body after death?

The death and resurrection of Jesus laid the groundwork for Christian beliefs about what happens after we die, say United Methodist scholars and theologians. Read More

Chuck Knows Church segment on Good Friday and Holy Week.

Chuck Knows Church: Good Friday

Jesus was crucified on the Friday of Holy Week. Learn how the day came to be known as Good Friday. View

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Ideas to discuss Biblical themes in “Noah” film

Find food for thought about spiritual concepts presented in the film along with a handy chart to compare the Biblical narrative with the movie script. Read More

Rethinking Stations of the Cross

United Methodists in Brentwood, Tennessee take a symbolic walk to Calvary to reflect on the true meaning of the Easter story. View

At what age are children confirmed?

Learn more about confirmation for children in The United Methodist Church. Read More

A banner commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. flies above the National Mall in Washington during the 50th anniversary celebration of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

United Methodists remember and look ahead

They came from across the country with individual memories and common yearning to assess the dreams of the 1963 march. Read More

What every college freshman should know

Faculty and students from United Methodist-related schools share advice on how to make the journey from home to college easier. Read More

The ABCs of back-to-school outreach

Whether your congregation is large or small, you can learn creative ways to reach out to students and families in a new academic year. Read More

United Methodists ready kids for school

Special back-to-class events offer resources and fun for families, along with a chance to see the church in action. Read More

Methodists mark May 24 Aldersgate milestone

World Methodist Evangelism organizes events in London as "people called Methodist" remember the life-changing moment of John Wesley. Read More

Tijuana: Where the world’s migrants wait

United Methodist Church and Methodist Church of Mexico reach out to those trapped between nations, hiding and becoming prey to many. Read More

Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. 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

Seeing God’s presence in a week of tragedy

In an unprecedented time of challenges, many see God's love in multiple ways. Read what they say and share what you have seen. Read More

Messages of caring and hope for Boston

Bishop and United Methodists around the globe testify to seeing God in action after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Read More

Church offers help in wake of tragedy

We can never know why tragedy occurs, but The United Methodist Church offers resources to help those seeking consolation. 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

“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection” is a painting by Alexander Ivanov from 1835. A web-only photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Magdalene: Apostle or harlot?

In the Bible, she is among the first to bear witness to Christ's resurrection. But she still has a reputation as the Gospels' bad girl. Read More

Young people make big impact in Las Vegas

Impact Las Vegas takes church outside the four walls and into the community. Read More

Remembering Harlem church, community leader

Feb. 23 memorial service for retired N.Y. pastor who helped abolish "Central Jurisdiction," mentored future bishops, church leaders. Read More

Church takes fresh look at Christian unity

New Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships begins with meeting to "strengthen and enhance" efforts toward unity. Read More

Denomination urged to trust, share leadership

Nearly 1,000 United Methodists attend leadership-training event focused on finding common language and instilling trust for next four years. Read More

Ethnic diversity critical to church future

Commission on Religion and Race gathering draws cross-section leaders to talk about how to help nourish vital, multicultural congregations. Read More

Final Cokesbury Christmas for stores

As United Methodist retail outlets close their doors, shoppers find old favorites and new products for Advent at 'open house' events. Read More

Cokesbury closures challenge seminaries

Theological schools have multiple options for supplying students. But some worry the loss of brick-and-mortar stores will do lasting damage. Read More

Haunted? Even Wesleys heard ‘bumps in night’

It's that time of year. Read ghost stories from churches, cemeteries and the home of one famous Methodist. Read More

Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Angola lay hands on a new pastor during a 2006 ordination service at the West Angola Annual Conference session at the Icolo e Bengo United Methodist Church in Luanda. The United Methodist Church in Angola played a

Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees

Proponents say changes will help bishops make "missional appointments." Critics worry of potential for abuse. Read More

Did Jesus have a wife?

Papyrus fragment has revived an old debate that likely reflects early Christian disputes about marriage - not the historical Jesus. Read More

NCC plans for ‘bold future’

Streamlined, flexible replacement for faltering structure will rely more on council members, including United Methodists. Read More

Ministry boosts small church vitality

Hinton Rural Life Center, a United Methodist retreat, offers resources and training to strengthen country churches. Read More

Church agencies look forward, not back

Open to change, top executives seek new ways to collaborate to reach young adults and people new to the church. 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: Grace House Heals Families

Church turns home across the street into a place of hope for families in transition. "Everybody needs a little jump start once in a while." View

Conférence Générale 2012: Audio

Ecoutez les reportages de la Conférence Générale sur « La voix de l'Espérance », la Radio de l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie Côte d'Ivoire. Read More

Up to full GC2012 to decide restructure

No plan made it out of committee, supporters of the three major plans still working to accomplish various objectives. Read More

GC2012: Focus on World Malaria Day

With hundreds of thousands of lives saved, The United Methodist Church continues its fight through Imagine No Malaria. Read More

GC2012: King preaches message of inclusion

'Doors to kingdom of God are wide open,' bishop reminds delegates in April 25 worship to close intense day of work. Read More

April 26 wrap: Work begins

Decisions on petitions begin in earnest as presentations and events - in favor and in opposition to legislation - continue. Read More

GC2012: Lay speakers urge ‘transformation’

3 laity speakers emphasize that 'making disciples of Jesus Christ is a responsibility of all Christians.' Read More

GC2012: Bishops limit meetings, shift roles

At session preceding General Conference, bishops change meeting schedule and role of retired members to respond to Call to Action challenge. Read More

First service recalls Jesus’ seaside ministry

Maskoko Nation member consecrates worship space; Goodpaster tells delegates 'we now gather beside Tampa Bay to clean and mend our nets.' Read More

Faith communities can overcome AIDS epidemic

The people of God need to decide it is time to destroy HIV/AIDS, speakers said during "Lighten the Burden IV," sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. 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

Briefing previews General Conference issues

Delegates consider issues from reorganization to roles of bishops to an operating budget that is smaller than in the previous quadrennium. Read More

Will restructuring cut vital ministry?

That's the question church staff want General Conference delegates to consider in weighing various reorganization proposals. Read More

Preview to church restructuring debate

Concerns raised that the proposed changes would give too much power to bishops and damage the denomination's 'separation of powers.' Read More

‘Exploring Differences, Deepening Faith’

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a student reflects on how living with other faiths and cultures strengthens her own. Read More

North Texas General Conference Delegation Endorses Call to Action

North Texas General Conference Delegation Endorses Call to Action Read More

Group proposes alternative restructure

Methodist Federation for Social Action is the only unofficial caucus to submit its own reorganization to General Conference. Read More

2 big disputes ahead at General Conference

Proposals to restructure agencies and end "guaranteed appointments" for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum. Read More

Black leaders talk about church changes

Annual forum for church leaders dominated by discussion of impact of proposed changes on African-American congregations. Read More

Oklahoma church sends Bibles to Congo

United Methodist pastor at General Conference hears story of pastors without Bibles and starts effort to send God's word. Read More

Science can help church keep its young folk

Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend offer opportunities to show young people that church door is open to them. Read More

UMTV: Church Drive-Thru Prayer

Atlanta drivers stuck in rush hour traffic can pull over for some comfort and connection. "I've seen tears of joy and restoration." View

UMTV: Santa’s Toymakers at Church

Church volunteers have made 25,000 toys for kids in need. "It's not just what's going in the box, it's what's going on inside that building." View

UMTV: Clinic for Homeless Teens

One group of doctors, nurses and caseworkers doesn't just walk by the homeless youth in their city. They bring care to them, in a big blue van. View

UMTV: Honey Dudes Do Good

Single moms and widows in one town can give their "honey do" list to the Honey Dudes and get a free helping hand with household repairs. View

UMTV: Restaurant Owner On Mission

Steve Pool cooked up a way to help others. "No matter who you are or where you live, there are missions within ten miles of your house." View

UMTV: Church’s Harry Potter Halloween

Each year, one UMC becomes Hogwarts for a day. Some call it magic. "To be bold enough to sponsor a Harry Potter festival, it's remarkable." View

Ethnic caucuses voice restructure concerns

Legislation to consolidate general agencies "minimizes and will exclude" the participation of ethnic minorities, the statement says. Read More

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

Former Nebraska Bishop Monk Bryan, 97, dies

Bishop Bryan served the Nebraska Area as bishop for eight years, remembered for his humor and spirituality. Read More

Leaders ponder funding, structural changes

Among the proposals is to combine general agencies into fewer groups and to change the denomination's funding formulas. Read More

Bishops seek change in presidency

The constitutional amendment would allow the Council of Bishops to elect one of its members to be a full-time, nonresidential bishop for four years. Read More

Bishops to change ecumenical agency

If General Conference approves, the agency will become part of the Council of Bishops. Read More

A fresco painting from the late Middle Age by Giotto di Bondone depicts the Crucifixion. On Good Friday, Christians around the world reflect on the meaning of Jesus' suffering and death. A web-only public domain image.

Did Jesus descend into hell or to the dead?

The phrase in the Apostles' Creed offers one answer to what Jesus did between Good Friday and Easter. Read More

Ecumenical commission considers its future

The general agency has proposed drastically shrinking its board or folding its work into the Council of Bishops. Read More

Haiti earthquake recovery: one year later

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that occurred Jan. 12, 2010, The United Methodist Church is reminding people that much work remains to be done in Haiti and there are ways they can help. Read More

RethinkChurch.org to launch Dec.15

On December 15, The United Methodist Church will officially launch a newly redesigned website for young adult spiritual seekers, RethinkChurch.org, which invites visitors to question, discuss, get involved and make a difference. Read More

Givers pick compassion over consumerism

Churches offer ways for people of good conscience to buy gifts that support people who are struggling and in need. Read More

Bishops support church reforms, accountability

Eighty active and retired bishops endorsed widespread reforms, including accountability for promoting church growth. Read More

United Methodists Invited to Join in Celebrating a Generous Church

United Methodists are invited to join in a town hall meeting Celebrating A Generous Church! via teleconference on April 17, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Read More