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Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a “blessing of the backpacks.” 2011 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers begin another school year, take time for prayer too. View

Back to school illustration with books and apple. Courtesy iStockphoto.com.

Resources for Back to School

Find blessings and other ideas for marking the beginning of the new school season in your congregation. Read More

The Special Pen Pals Program of First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, CO fosters new friendships across generations. Photo by Ken Redding Photography.

Church Pen Pals Seal Generation Gap

Special Pals ministry brings students and senior adult church members together, one letter at a time. View

An international student eats a traditional Thanksgiving meal with members of Athens FUMC.

UMTV: Thanksgiving for International Students

Church invites those far from home for a traditional holiday meal. 'That helped me strengthen my faith and get used to life here.' View

Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a 2011 “blessing of the backpacks.” File photo by Kathleen Barry of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers prepare for school, take time for prayer too. View

Young adults whose parents shared the importance of their faith are far more likely to continue in church. Members of the Bonn family pray during a 2014 service at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn., to lift up those facing the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

The secret to faith after high school? Parents!

Worried about your child heading to college, and heading away from church? Youth leaders share tips to make your home a stronger spiritual base. Read More

Scholarships available for 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Event features speakers like Tavis Smiley and The Dalai Lama, workshops, worship and more. Scholarships exist for United Methodist seminary students. Deadline for application is May 22. Read More

Dakarayi Chabaya, student at Central Methodist University carries a log during one of his mission trips. Photo courtesy of Dakarayi Chabaya.

Family mission trips: Vacations with more meaning

Church participants say leaving the beach to serve people in need is more rewarding and refreshing than expected. Read More

Students work on computers in the library at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. File photo courtesy of Philander Smith College.

What churches can do when students are home on break

December 4, 2014

When college students return home on break, some struggle to reconnect. These ideas will help United Methodist congregations make the most of that time. Read More

Professors Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (left) and Najeeba Syeed-Miller teach a class on interreligious conflict resolution at Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, Calif. A UMNS photo courtesy of Claremont School of Theology. Accompanies UMNS story #237. 8/8/12.; Claremont School of Theology

Claremont creates United Methodist leaders with ‘God-sized vision’

In one of the most religiously-diverse communities in the world, theology students say the school's focus on interreligious education is appealing. Read More

Professor touts Native American lessons

Learn about how one professor believes Native American culture can help inform solutions to the world’s pressing problems. Read More

(From left) Theology student Murray Crooks speaks with the Rt. Rev. Stephen Charleston on the campus of Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Crooks is a Native American student from Alaska.

School’s leadership program nurtures Native Americans

A new program at Saint Paul School of Theology seeks to raise the visibility of Native Americans in the church. Read More

Prayers for Ukraine. Courtesy: Michael Airgood.

Missionary in Ukraine calls for prayers

Michael Airgood describes the violence and unrest in Ukraine and asks for support. “Please pray for our student ministry.” Read More

Books for Homeless Kids

Family crises often force homeless children to change schools multiple times. A shelter is using a literacy laboratory to bridge the gap. View

Helping Hungry Students

Roughly one in six kids in the U.S. live in householdsclassified as "food insecure." That means there's not always enough food to go around. View

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