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Vibrant Congregations

The sanctuary of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., shortly after the fire on April 15, 2013, (left) and back in use on Sept. 11, 2016. The cross survived. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Lisa Caine and Heather Hahn

How a church fire sparked congregational growth

A Georgia church’s experience offers lessons for faith communities overcoming disaster. Read More

In The News

North Carolina Bishop Paul L. Leeland calls for residents to become partners and peacemakers after a deadly police shooting recently in Charlotte, NC. Photo by the Rev. Anita Mays.

North Carolina bishop calls for “partners and peacemakers”

"It is my prayer we might behave in such a way as to embrace Jesus’ teaching 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’” Read More

Clergy Age Trends Report

A member of the clergy holds up the elements of Holy Communion. In 2005, the average age of retiring United Methodist elders was 64, but by 2015 that had climbed to 66, the Lewis Center found. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist clergy retiring later

In 2005, the average age of retiring United Methodist elders was 64, but by 2015 that had climbed to 66, the Lewis Center's study found. Read More

What We Believe

Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky baptizes the daughter of two elders during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference. File photo, United Methodist Communications.

Basics of Our Faith

United Methodists affirm the faith shared by all Christians, with particular emphasis on God's grace and on Christian living. Read More

Music & Worship

Image shows hymnal open to lyrics of Charles Wesley's 'Come Let Us Rise with Christ.' Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Retreat is music to United Methodist souls

“Charles Wesley said he could sing religion into people faster than John could preach it in.” United Methodist hymn fans celebrate songs and tradition. View

New Museum Exhibit

Esau Jenkins, center, stands in front of one of the VW vans he and his wife, Janie, bought to ferry African-American residents of Johns Island to work or school in Charleston, S.C. During the trip, they would teach their passengers the part of the Constitution they needed to know in order to register to vote. Photo courtesy of Elaine Jenkins.

A bus ride out of segregation

Panels from the 1968 Volkswagen bus used by a Methodist civil rights activist are part of exhibit at the new Smithsonian museum. Read More

In the Spotlight

Grace VanderWaal, 12-year-old member of Archer United Methodist Church in Allendale, NJ won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” competition last week. Photo courtesy of NBC Universal via the Greater New Jersey Conference.

United Methodist youth wins national contest

Grace VanderWaal, 12-year-old member of Archer United Methodist Church in Allendale, NJ won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” competition last week. Read More

Time for Prayer

Lake Watauga in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Christopher Fenoglio, United Methodist Communications.

Today's prayers and resources

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

Healing and Reconciliation

A colonial-era circuit-riding evangelist was part a special service on June 26 at Boehm’s Chapel, a United Methodist heritage landmark near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A trio of Mennonite bishops brought a proclamation reversing the 1775 ex-communication of Martin Boehm, a Mennonite who became a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Mennonites reconnect with UMC founder

At Boehm’s Chapel near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonites restore credentials of a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Read More