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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (right) shakes hands with United Methodist Bishop Marcus Matthews (left) while Jim Williams looks on. Mayor Rawlings-Blake spoke at the 2015 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Photo by Tony Richards, courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Baltimore mayor thanks United Methodists

During the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked the church for its leadership following riots over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Read More

Special for Summer

Dakarayi Chabaya, student at Central Methodist University carries a log during one of his mission trips. Photo courtesy of Dakarayi Chabaya.

Family mission trips: Vacations with more meaning

Church participants say leaving the beach to serve people in need is more rewarding and refreshing than expected. Read More

Kid Power

Sunday School children helped raised funds, and awareness, at a North Ferrisburgh church. Photo courtesy of the Addison-Eagle online.

Kids help raise funds for ‘skeeter nets’

Children at a Vermont church raised $531 by encouraging church members to pitch their change into coffee cans – with a little help from a large mosquito. Read More

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United Methodism 101

Are you new to the church? Or a cradle United Methodist who'd like to learn more? Online class includes four hour-long modules with interactive features. Read More

Across the Globe

Zainab Koroma collects the offering at the United Methodist church in Fulawahun, near Bo, Sierra Leone.

Plan calls for global funding of general church

Church leaders propose formula for giving to worldwide ministries by United Methodists in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Read More

Our Faith

The Holy Spirit is often depicted as a dove, as in this photo of the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI. Photo by Nheyob, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Come, Holy Ghost: A Wesleyan perspective on the Spirit

A Wesleyan sermon and hymn offer a fresh understanding of this sometimes misunderstood member of the Trinity. Read More

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Members of the English Conversation Circle meet once a week at Silver Spring United Methodist Church in Maryland. Video image by Reed Galin for United Methodist Communications.

English Circle Builds Church Community

Church food pantry opens doors and starts a conversation with a hungry community. 'Everybody in the community has something to teach and to offer one... View

Spiritual Living

Dave Wallis helps his church maintain this Fountain and Memorial Wall at First United Methodist Church in Muncy, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Muncy, Pennsylvania.

Honoring lost loved ones with unique memorials

Church members share innovative ways they channeled their grief by creating personalized tributes. Read More

In the News

An online ministry of First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, Texas, helped recruit and organize volunteers to help with flood relief there. Students from San Marcos High School and Texas State University removed items from a flooded home in San Marcos' Blanco Garden area. Photo by the Rev. Todd Salmi

Texas floods wash away people, homes

UPDATE: Authorities have recovered and identified the body of Larry Thomas who was an active member of Wimberley United Methodist Church in Wimberley, Texas. Read More

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Annual Conferences

How does an annual conference function? Read about this important part of our structure and follow news of the 2015 meetings as they are filed. Read More

New Church Starts

Rev. Will Shewey carries in the donated meal that will be served before worship at Shades of Grace in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. Photo by Annette Spence, courtesy of the Holston Conference.

The least of these: Church serves ‘forgotten community’

Located in a former store, church's congregation is 50 percent homeless and provides meals, showers, prayer and acceptance. “This church is amazing. They don’t judge.” Read More

Where Your Dollars Go

A beneficiary in Iraq carries an UMCOR bag full of the hygiene supplies that will meet the needs of every member in his family. Photo by GlobalMedic, courtesy of UMCOR.

Supplying basic needs to families in Syria, Iraq

Thanks to your donations, UMCOR has channeled more than $500,000 to initiatives in Syria, Iraq, and other countries hosting more than 4 million Syrian refugees. Read More

Around the Church

Bishops hear hope in economist’s report

Beyond statistics, church leaders see opportunity in the rise of Christianity globally, and an unchurched population that longs for the hope that can only be found in God’s love. Read More

Cross stands at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Daily Devotional

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