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Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. File photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

What is Advent?

Get information and resources to use in the season when we prepare our hearts for Christ's coming. More


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


A Nativity set featuring a coconut stable or shelter and figures hand-made from clay, purchased during JoAnn Hall’s first mission trip to Haiti. Photo by JoAnn Hall.

Ready for Christmas? Tips to keep the holiday season holy

Advent can be a busy time, but there are things you can do to keep your heart and mind on Christ. Read More

Daily Prayer

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec.; A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec

Daily Devotional

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


People line up for lunch at Santa Anita Park in April 1942. The park, a converted racetrack, was the United States’ largest assembly center for Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/National Archives and Records Administration

Amid hysteria, a call for hospitality

Bishop Roy Sano personally attests to the costs of fear. He was among the U.S. citizens the U.S. government interned during World War... Read More

Global Health

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

General Conference

The Rev. Gary Graves answers a question about a petition being discussed at General Conference 2012.

Pastor’s Other Calling: General Conference Petitions

“We’re not voting delegates. We operate behind the scenes. And I think that is a part of our calling.” View


What makes a meaning-full gift? It’s care, not cost

Want ideas for an unforgettable present this Christmas? United Methodists talk about their most memorable gifts. Read More

Global Issues

At Berkasovo, Serbia, refugees from Syria and other countries cross the border into Croatia on Sept. 28, 2015. A 2015 file photo by Paul Jeffrey for the ACT Alliance

United Methodists speak up for Syrian refugees

“Fearful responses are not reflective of Christian life and witness. Instead, Christ calls us to a love for humankind and compassion for all.” Read More