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The Rev. Noé Gonzales (left) offers Holy Communion to Nohemi Ramirez during opening worship at the 2011 MARCHA meeting at the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Resources for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Liturgies, hymns, and a Spanish translation of the Lord’s Prayer honor those who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries. Read More

In the News

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British Methodists watch Scottish independence vote

Church members concerned about effects a‘Yes’ vote would have on Scotland’s relations with rest of United Kingdom. Read More

Global Health

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Countdown to Zero: AIDS conference calls for action

Conference provides participants with knowledge, resources and inspiration to take action toward eliminating AIDS virus. Read More

Around the Church

Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. Photo courtesy the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Middleton named interim leader in New York

Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton tapped to be interim bishop for New York Annual (regional) Conference, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. Read More

In the spotlight

We Cancerve founder Grace Callwood and volunteer Addison Simpler hold a check from We Cancerve.

Young United Methodist cancer survivor makes news

Grace Callwood's cancer diagnosis at age 7 did not slow her down. Read how Huffington Post shared the story of Grace's good works. More

Across the Globe

Munashe Furusa, vice chancellor of Africa University. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

‘Africa happens at Africa University everyday’

Munashe Furusa shares his plans for the United Methodist-related university, which has students from 23 African countries. Read More

Get Involved

Food packaging for Society of St. Andrew. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

September is National Hunger Action Month

The U. S. will throw away 133 billion pounds of food this year alone. Find ways your congregation can take a stand against hunger. Read More

Cool Idea

Dakotas couple brings holidays to young

Contributions to Shoebox Christmas project enable many Native parents to see their children open gifts when there is no money in budget for extras. Read More

In the News

Members of the Gargar family in Liberia, Esther and David, has been in quarantine due to the Ebola virus and they are receiving food and medicine from Mount Sinai United Methodist Church.  Photo by Julu Swen.

Church members in Liberia afflicted with the Ebola virus

Pastors and members of United Methodist churches in Liberia have died of Ebola,while other members are quarantined. Read More

Education

A multi-cultural world. Photo by Monisha.pushparaj, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Tips for teaching diversity appreciation to children

‘Tell them that they are beautiful and that other people – who may or may not look like them – are beautiful, too, because God says so.’ Read More

Featured Topic

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Personal Perspectives on Homosexuality and the Church

The topic can be challenging for people of faith. Read a variety of first-person reflections, meant to help us understand one another better. More

Commentary

The United Methodist Church made me who I am

Susan Burton says the attitudes and actions of her parents and grandparents – leaders in their church and community – influenced her decision to work for social justice. Read More

Around the World

Displaced Crimean children take language and arts classes at a welcome center in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Photo by Nazar Yatsyshyn, UMCOR.

Ukraine: Support for the Uprooted

UMCOR’s financial support has enabled the church to purchase meat, fruits and vegetables, and more, for hundreds of thousands whose lives are in upheaval. Read More

In the Spotlight

The Rev. Faith Weedling on a platform on top of Brosville United Methodist Church to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria. Photo by Neill Caldwell, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Faith on the roof raises funds for malaria fight

The Rev. Faith Weedling promised to spend one hour on the roof for every $100 her church raised for Imagine No Malaria. ‘Hoot owl; 3:30 a.m.’ Read More

Beliefs

Baptism in Gulf waters of United States.

Baptism: What does the church say?

To become Christian is to receive a new identity. Find out the background and meaning of this sacrament. Read More

Life Tips

Text message about job loss. Illustration by Joe Iovino.

What not to say when someone has lost a job

The journey of unemployment can be discouraging. As a traveling companion you can help someone stay connected to their faith. See tips. Read More

In the News

Refugees and human rights in Iraq

The General Board of Global Ministries offers information about the dire situation in Iraq, and what church groups are doing to alleviate suffering and advocate for peace. Read More

Outside Church Walls

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Church extends support to Atlantic City workers

New Jersey United Methodists start planning a response as area recovering from Sandy now faces an economic storm caused by casino closings. Read More

For Reflection

Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Bible not a book but a library

United Methodist pastor shares five benefits of reading Scripture as a collection of God-breathed books. Read More

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Daily Devotional

See today’s food for thought from the Upper Room. More