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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

Notable

Worship at Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn. takes place in a middle school.Today the church has a regular attendance of about 1,000, but it has delayed building a church to focus on mission.  Photo courtesy of Providence United Methodist Church.

New churches rise, but overall vitality dips

New churches often are the most vital and can play a key role in reversing membership declines, church leaders say. Read More

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day

These two children in India were born HIV-free, thanks to a clinic in Namakkal that was initially started with a grant from the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. Photo courtesy of Don Messer.

This Christmas, help a child be born AIDS-free

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

Global News

Dr. Martin Salia, shown at United Methodist Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, in March, has tested positive for Ebola.  .The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after Salia, chief medical officer and surgeon, received the diagnosis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Church mourns Ebola death of Sierra Leone surgeon

United Methodists in Sierra Leone, U.S., are trying to come to terms with the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola, who was flown to Nebraska for treatment. Read More

Video Worth Watching

Chuck Knows Church lights and Advent Wreath and talks about the significance of each candle.

Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of anticipation. Chuck looks at the symbolism in using an Advent wreath to count the weeks to Christmas. View

In the News

Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was executed by the Islamic State group, but his parents want people to remember his dedication to assisting Syrians suffering during the civil war. Photo courtesy of Kassig family.

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

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

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

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

Around the World

Members of the Women’s Association of the South Mozambique Conference. Photo courtesy of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

Women’s Association in Mozambique celebrates 50 years

More than 750 members of the Women’s Association of the South Mozambique Conference gathered to celebrate 50 years of doing the work of Christ. 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

Photo of woman in contemplation

Daily Devotional

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

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

Across 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

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

Education News

Professors Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (left) and Najeeba Syeed-Miller teach a class on interreligious conflict resolution at Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, Calif. A UMNS photo courtesy of Claremont School of Theology. Accompanies UMNS story #237. 8/8/12.; Claremont School of Theology

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

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

Outside Church Walls

A man eats a chili dog at Carraway United Methodist also known as the

UMTV: Hot Dog Church

Church cooks use food for fundraisers and to welcome newcomers. 'If we can show them the love we have, maybe they’ll go to church.’ View

A UMNS photo illustration to accompany a story on aging clergy.  Featured are a Bible, The 2012 Book of Discipline, and The United Methodist Book of Worship. Accompanies UMNS story #135. 4/26/13; A UMNS photo illustration by Kathleen Barry

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 Resource

Screen grab from the video, 'Imagine.' Courtesy of Imagine No Malaria.

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