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The Rev. Kathleen McMurray joins a Good Friday vigil at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to protest planned executions of seven inmates. McMurray is associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

Clergy react to Arkansas execution

United Methodist clergy spoke out against Arkansas first execution since 2005 and plans for other executions by April 27. Read More

Easter Season

“The Road to Emmaus,” an 1877  painting by Robert Zund.  The Gospel of Luke account remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to spiritual retreats. Public Domain

Walking with Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus?

Luke’s account of the risen Christ’s journey remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to United Methodist-supported retreats. Here is why it resonates. Read More

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Stewards of the Earth

The Rev. David Valera leads a prayer at the climate vigil during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The climate vigil was an effort offer prayers and concern for the ways that climate change is impacting creation. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Caring for Creation

United Methodists around the world are finding new ways to "Go Green" and care for the natural resources that are part of God's Creation. Read More

Church News

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

Native American Ministries - April 30

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Native Peoples and the UMC

This page serves as a hub for resources, stories, information and other content that lifts up or supports ministries by and with Native Peoples across the global United Methodist Church. Read More

Ask the UMC

Bishop Scott J. Jones baptizes the daughter of the Rev. Emily and Stephen Cannon during the 2015 Great Plains Annual Conference. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

Ask the UMC: What is expected of godparents?

Being invited to be a child’s godparent is an honor and a serious responsibility. Read how godparents play a special role in the life of a child. Read More

Judicial Council Coverage

The Judicial Council at its April meeting faces a petition asking how the election of an openly gay bishop squares with the Book of Discipline, the denomination's governing document. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

The denomination’s top court faces a question of whether it should weigh in on Bishop Oliveto’s election at all. Read More

Daily Devotional

Today's prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer today with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More