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Young people listen to a presentation about preventing the spread of Ebola prepared by United Methodist Communications during a service at the United Methodist Church in Sassandra. From left are: Anaya Grace Camara, 22; Flore Diobo, 30; and Marie Yao, 9.

Côte d’Ivoire faith leaders join fight to keep Ebola out

Churches have an important role in fight against Ebola as more than 80 percent of the people in Côte d’Ivoire attend a place of worship. Read More

Mar. 8 is Girl Scout Sunday

A prayer for scouts

“To build character; for service, to see our responsibility to those in need.” Devotion honors the scouts in your congregation. Read More

Social Justice

Image of hands reflecting diversity and union. Photo by Jessica Brodie, courtesy of the South Carolina Advocate.

‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing

South Carolina United Methodists are watching new movie and holding prayerful discussions. ‘Just get together and talk, because that’s where the healing takes place.’ Read More

Care for Creation

About 300 students, faculty, staff and guests join the Climate Justice Now! movement by signing their names during a forum held in Cabanatuan City at Wesleyan University-Philippines.  Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos

Wesleyan Philippines backs climate change movement

Some 300 participants in a forum at a United Methodist university sign climate change statement, vow to raise awareness. Read More

Women's History Month

Bishop Gary E. Mueller. Photo courtesy Bishop Mueller.

Commentary: Great-Grandma Williams

Bishop Gary Mueller honors the woman whose encouragement ‘literally guided me … and sometimes dragged me as I started down the path of a journey I... Read More

Standing for Justice

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington was dedicated by President Obama on Oct. 16, 2011. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

United Methodists share MLK’s dream

1965 was an important year for civil rights in the U.S. As we mark this 50th anniversary, hear leaders talk about walking alongside Martin Luther King Jr. View

Pray for the Persecuted

Image of imprisoned man. Photo by the Rev. Rinaldy Damanik, courtesy GBOD.

Liturgy for the Persecuted Church

Special service provides way for Christians to pray for other Christians who are suffering. Read More

Rethinking Marriage

Ronald and Shena Boone celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free wedding at Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo by Liz Johnson & Jay Foot.

Free Valentine’s Weddings Show Church’s Love

‘We’ve short-changed marriages.” Indiana church offers free ceremonies to encourage families to make faith a priority. View

Vital Congregations

New Church Lawrence in Kansas is comprised of about half college students and half members of the community. Photo courtesy of New Church Lawrence.

New church bridges ages in college town

New church in Lawrence, Kansas didn’t have to choose between catering to students or the local population but is a happy mixture of both. Read More

Making a Difference

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño (right) shares letters of encouragement with Regino Enrique at the immigrant welcome center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

You Are Not Alone: Responding to immigrant children’s needs

Churches in the California-Pacific Conference are working to help kids who are often in difficult situations. ‘Without help, these children face a human disaster.’ Read More

Lenten Season

A cross stands at Memorial Drive UMC in Houston, Texas. Photo  by Joe Center.

Beyond Fasting: Ten tips for a more meaningful Lent

Study a book of the Bible or read a Wesley sermon. There are lots of ways to be creative and get the most from the season. More

Special for the Season

The Rev. Qianli Jiang delivers the sermon during worship at Mu’en Church in Shanghai, China. Established by Methodist missionaries in 1887, the church formerly was known as the Moore Memorial Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Women’s History Month from the pulpit

Sermon preparation notes from GCSRW for March lectionary texts illuminate God’s word through the experiences of women. Read More

Feeding the Spirit

Woman sits in park. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

40 Days of Lent: Find your own spiritual path

There is no one, right way to observe a holy Lent. These ideas and resources will help you stay on track throughout the season. Read More

Image of snow on tree branch.  Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

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