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Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Trending Local: The Growing Role of Local Pastors

Local pastors — non-ordained, and in most cases without a seminary degree — are growing in number and taking on more roles in The United Methodist Church. Read More


What is the United Methodist stance on assisted suicide?

Recently the governor of California made assisted suicide legal in that state. Learn what The United Methodist Church says on the topic. Read More

Pastor Appreciation Month

Pastor Sherry Cothran Woolsey hugs Alison Lipschutz, age 5. Alison will take a red packpack to kindergarten this fall. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

(More than) 10 ways to appreciate your pastor

From photos to prayers to food, learn what gifts — and actions — mean the most to preachers. Read More

Church Music Fans

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

Global Issues

One group of United Methodists participating in the People's Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014, in New York gather on the steps of the United Methodist Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew before heading south to join an interfaith gathering ahead of the march. 2014 file photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Seeking climate justice in Paris

As leaders of 190 nations try to reach an agreement on climate change, United Methodists will join those promoting fair standards. Read More

Life Tip

A photo illustration on the topic of happiness. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Real happiness is more than putting on a face

What makes us happy? A United Methodist pastor and a professor agree that it is not about externals we receive or achieve, but an 'inside job.' Read More

Topic: Immigration

In recent months, the numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. border has surged, drawing both concern and criticism. In this file photo, an abandoned sandal lies just across the border from Mexico near Friendship Park in San Diego. Photo by Mike DuBose.

The Church and Immigration

Find resources along with historical context, information, and headlines related to the topic of Immigration. Read More

Church Teachings

Bishop Christian Alsted of Northern Central Europe celebrated communion with a congregation in Huntsville, Alabama, as the Rev. Remigijus Matulaitis celebrated with a congregation in Lithuania as part of the In Mission Together Lithuania 50/50 Partnership Summit in June 2015. Each congregation was able to see the other over the internet. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Patrick Friday, In Mission Together.

An open table: How United Methodists understand communion

The sacrament is such a common part of our worship that its uncommon richness can get lost. Learn more of what the church teaches about The Lord's Supper. Read More

What is a Special Sunday?

Special Sundays

Learn more about the many ways you can participate in church-wide giving, and where the dollars go. Read More

Image shows bridge and trees. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

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