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What We Believe

The archangel Gabriel kneels, raising his right hand in greeting to Mary and indicating her divine pregnancy. Painting of The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1472.  Painting by Leonardo da Vinci (public domain), courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Angels among us: God’s heavenly messengers for the world

Angels are prominent in the Christmas story, and elsewhere in scripture. Their example shows us how to live on earth as they do in heaven. Read More

Beyond Church Walls

The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of nine major U.S. cities with a warm invitation and a hot cup of cocoa. Image courtesy of Rethink Church, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists share Christmas welcome and cocoa in 9 cities

The unique outreach program comes at a time of year when many are lonely or feeling something missing from their lives. Follow at #rethinkchurch,#umccocoa. More

Disaster Response

Volunteer cleans up debris in the aftermath of the recent wildfires that destroyed homes and businesses in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of The Daily Times.

United Methodists support those affected by Gatlinburg fires

The Holston Conference is raising disaster assistance funds for recovery efforts needed due to the recent wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Read More

Wesley Words

John Wesley argued throughout his life against a complete separation from the Church of England. This statue of him stands outside his house in London. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

What John Wesley teaches about church unity

Wesleyan scholars say that when it comes to Methodism’s founder, the subject of unity gets complicated. Read More

Christmas Poster to Share

Christmas in the Hymns of Charles Wesley Infographic

This beautiful infographic highlights some of the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. View

In the News

Native Americans from left, Eugene Sanchez, Jason Umtuch, Martan Mendenhall, and Hugh Ahnatock, all of Portland, Ore., drum and sing at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites. Photo by David Goldman, AP

Pipeline protest supporters cheer re-route ruling

United Methodists backing the Standing Rock Sioux’ protest of the Dakotas Access Pipeline say the ruling is a win for Native American sovereignty, water safety. Read More

Advent At Home

A creche from Columbia is part of the Nativity Museum at First United Methodist in Tullahoma, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Price.

New ways to see a Nativity scene

Video points out small details in the familiar figures of a manger scene which give added meaning to the story of Christ's birth. View

Video Worth Watching

Members of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in New York perform during a worship service. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Editor’s Choice: Top United Methodist Videos of 2016

Our cameras captured a variety of ways the people of The United Methodist Church are making disciples of Jesus Christ. View

Daily Devotional

A nativity figure of a shepherd holds a young lamb. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Today's prayers and resources

As we prepare for the birth of Our Lord, spend some time in prayer with these resources from The Upper Room. More