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70th Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Bishop warns against war, leads trip to Hiroshima, Nagasaki

United Methodists join others in World Council of Churches’ Japan pilgrimage for ceremonies, prayer in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read More

Vital Congregations

The ‘why’ behind the Vibrant Church Initiative

Twenty-nine congregations in the Texas Conference said “yes” to the VCI process which provides resources, strategies and support to church leaders who participate. Read More

In the News

The executive board of Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders. But religiously affiliated units still can maintain their own prohibitions. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Churches can have gay Boy Scout leaders

No local church will be required to accept any volunteer based on the new policy, says United Methodist Men executive. Read More

Opinion

Darian Duckworth and her stuffed animal congregation. Photo courtesy of Rev. Duckworth.

Hearing a female preacher, I heard my calling

Darian Duckworth began preaching to her stuffed animals at age 5. In her blog, the young pastor recalls the impact of seeing Lisa Osteen in the pulpit and of the Osteen family’s ministry. Read More

New Resource

Flowers adorn Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo by Nanosanchez, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons,  2010. Edited by UMC.org.

Hiroshima Memorial Observance Resources

Prayers and readings for churches seeking to gather in observance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S., August 6 and 9, 1945. Read More

Kid Power

Vacation Bible School program featured Mount Everest project and benefited earthquake survivors in Nepal as seen in photo from Round Rock United Methodist Church in Texas. Photo by Jennifer Hall, Round Rock United Methodist Church, courtesy of UMCOR.

Texas children raise nearly $1,500 for Nepal

Kids who joined “climbing teams” at their churches for the program, “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power,” learn about faith, courage and giving. Read More

Ready for School

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Featured Topic: Education

Find prayers, resources, stories and information to support schools and students. More

Commentary

3 myths about young clergy

Think young pastors want to serve only young congregations? Or don’t value “mature” opinions? Drew McIntyre begs to differ. Read More

Find Your Conference

One of the fundraisers at the Dakotas Annual Conference Mission Festival was to have your photo taken with a flat version of either Bishop Bruce R. Ough, or John Wesley. Photo courtesy of the Dakota Conference. Cropped by UMC.org.

2015 Annual Conferences Slideshow, Part II

Yes, it’s the sequel. We had so many great photos from annual conference we had to create another slideshow. Were you there? Check out photos of United Methodists from around the connection. View

Volunteer from Home

Crayons are a part of UMCOR's school kits for children. Screen grab from video, courtesy of UMCOR.

Make a school kit and help kids

In some countries, children do not have books or school supplies. School kits may be their only educational resources. Can you help? Read More

Black-eyed Susan flowers bloom near Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. File photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

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

Raising Awareness

United Methodists led hundreds of students and residents in a July 3 protest march to register their indignation over a growing wave of incidents of rape in the Brewerville community of Liberia.

Concern grows over rape cases in Liberia

United Methodists use protest march to register indignation and call for government action to remove threat of rape. Read More

Beyond Church Walls

The Rev. Jose Umali (right) tries ham radio equipment during a lecture to clergy and laity in the Philippines.  Photo courtesy of Gladys Mangiduyos

Filipino ‘ham’ radio operators train for disasters

Seminars sponsored by United Methodist Communications designed to help fill gap when the power fails. Read More

Video Worth Watching

Patty and Eddie Gill founded the United Methodist Motorcycle Association, based in Oklahoma. Video image by Reed Galin, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Motorcycle 'Gang'

Bikers are modern circuit riders, reaching out on the road. "A lot of people are dying just to be asked to come back to church." View

Looking to 2016

A view of the platform from the floor of the 1968 uniting conference in Dallas, where a merger of the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church resulted in The United Methodist Church.

United Methodists achieve milestones despite differences

Taking the long view, a church historian notes that General Conferences have overcome disagreements over theology and social issues to accomplish some of the church's... Read More

In Depth

Image of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Topic: Human Sexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read opinions by church leaders and members, find resources and recent news stories. More