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Seasonal Resource

Christmas decorations, Throckmorton Church (Worcestershire, England) Christmas decorations on a window sill beside a stone corbel in Throckmorton church. Photo by Phillip Halling, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

‘Hanging of the Greens’ Service of Worship

Evergreens, traditionally associated with everlasting life, are used to decorate churches during Advent in preparation for the coming of Christ. Read More

In the News

Kassig family remembers hostage son’s desire to help

United Methodist couple is “heartbroken” after son’s murder by Islamic State group, but salute his efforts to ease suffering of Syrian people. Read More

Nov. 23 is Bible Sunday

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

Food for the spirit

‘Jesus wept’: Finding God’s comfort when times are bad

Writer reflects, 'Though only 10 characters, too short to tweet, that verse has tremendous significance, when we are struggling to find hope.' Read More

For Reflection

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Prayer for Those Affected by Ebola

The Rev. Frederick Yebuah, a native of Ghana, reads a prayer he composed in response to the Ebola crisis. View

Special Coverage

Maps courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, labeling of United Methodist hospitals and clinic by United Methodist Committee on Relief.

The Church Responds to Ebola

United Methodists continue to combat the deadly outbreak across West Africa. Find latest updates and ways you can help. More


Alice Lee, United Methodist leader, dies at 103

Lee, the lawyer sister of author Harper Lee, served the church at all levels. Read More

Featured Resource

Blue candles. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Blue Christmas service for those who mourn

Christmas can be a time of loneliness for those who are grieving. Special service creates sacred space for people 'where they are' and offers hope. Read More

Rethinking Church

Photo illustration of former prisoner. Courtesy of RETHINK CHURCH.

Resources on Restorative Justice

United Methodists are called to be peacemakers and healers. RETHINK CHURCH shares information on how to be in relationship with prisoners and returned citizens. More

Life Tip

Photo illustration of words and their impact. Courtesy: Flickr/Greg Gladman.

Talking to young people: How to help not hurt

'The less you talk, the more you can teach and learn from them.' Youth leaders share advice for avoiding miscommunications. More

Meet a United Methodist

Steve McKay is a TV weatherman in Bangor, Maine. He is also a United Methodist pastor.

TV Weatherman Pastor

What do a minister and a meteorologist have in common? One pastor in Maine says the jobs are surprisingly similar. View

Cool Ideas

Pastor’s promotion idea is ‘No. 1’

Foam fingers sporting the local high school team on one side and Foundry United Methodist Church on the other proved to be a spirited ad campaign in Sterlington, La. Read More

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Daily Devotional

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

Around the Church

Tribal members from Oklahoma participate in readings (skits) that explain challenges facing indigenous peoples during the Act of Repentance service at the Council of Bishops meeting in Oklahoma City. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS

Native Americans share struggles, hopes for church

A service of repentance blended worship of God, education about the challenges Native Americans still face, and a call for United Methodists to love their indigenous neighbors more faithfully. Read More

Around the Globe

Gil Hanke meets with Joulie who had just been fit with new hearing aids from Hear the World Foundation. Photo courtesy United Methodist Men.

Hope of Hearing team assists children in Haiti

In October, a six-member mission team tested 351 children and fit 97 with hearing aids. ‘Each day was a special blessing.’ Read More

Special for the Season

Imagine No Malaria Advent Resources

Free worship resources, liturgies, prayers, videos and graphics will inspire your congregation to share a message of hope and help end malaria. View

Featured Resource

The Star of Bethlehem, a watercolor by Edward Burne-Jones, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Topic: Advent and Christmas

Find stories, worship resources, prayers, videos and links about how The United Methodist Church celebrates the season of Christ’s birth. Read More

Ministry a New Way

The Rev. Chip Hale of Mobile, Alabama, writes about honoring his mother and father in a most unusual way. Photo courtesy of Chip Hale.

Pastor used cell phone for graveyard connections

The Rev. Chip Hale, a United Methodist pastor in Mobile, Ala., finds faith lesson in honoring an unusual request. Read More


Chuck Knows Church explains the meaning behind the christian symbol of the fish.

Chuck Knows Church: Sign of the Fish

Chuck says the sign of the fish is like the secret handshake of the Christian Church. View

Education News

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

Outside Church Walls

UMTV: Hunger-Free ZIP Code

The Rev. Adam Snell's church feeds 45 families a month but says this ministry is not just food, "It's all about relationships." View

Featured Topic: Homosexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read personal opinions and view other resources and headlines on the subject of sexuality. More

Video Worth Watching

Help make history by ‘imagining’ a world without malaria

Your donations to Imagine No Malaria are saving lives and bringing hope. Learn how this church organization is making a difference. Read More

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day

This Christmas, help a child be born AIDS-free

October 28, 2014

Join United Methodists in celebrating World AIDS Day with a number of resources aimed to JUST SAVE ONE. Read More