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Beyond Church Walls

High school students and parents shop for prom dresses at Prom Boutique at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Prom Boutique.

Churches offer free formal wear, and God’s love, to teens

Ministries that share donated dresses help students cut costs and look great. 'Maybe she’ll think about the church that made her feel beautiful.' Read More

Living Their Faith

Sharon and Lynn Fogleman are family physicians serving with The Mission Society in South Sudan. Photo courtesy the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Husband-and-wife doctor team fights malaria

Physicians in South Sudan lead community-awareness trainings in Africa and speak at U.S. churches to have “more of a lasting impact” as medical professionals. Read More

United Methodist Profile

Dr. Lowell Gess prays for Sierra Leone at a weekly devotion held at the United Methodist Church house in Freetown.

Ebola doesn’t stop 93-year-old’s return to Sierra Leone

Dr. Lowell Gess, retired United Methodist missionary, decided his presence would make a difference during a difficult period in his adopted homeland. Read More

Moment in History:Slideshow

People walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.,  during the 50th anniversary observance of the

“Bloody Sunday” 50th Anniversary: Sights and sounds

On the weekend of March 7-8, 2015, thousands converged on Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” View

Spiritual Journey

Dealing hope instead of dope

After walking away from a life as a drug dealer, ‘Robert's’ support and stability now comes from his church family. ‘I now deliver food to homes where I used to deliver drugs.’ Read More

Across the Globe

Munashe Furusa, Africa University's new vice chancellor,  reports to the board of directors on issues facing the United Methodist school, including the need for more on need for more faculty with doctorates. Bishop Marcus Matthews, right, listens to the report. Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS

Africa University, new leader face many challenges

The United Methodist university is growing, but its difficulties include overcrowded dorms and a shortage of professors with doctorates. Read More

Around the Church

Some 9,000 United Methodists marched together in Quezon City, Philippines, March 21 to pray and demonstrate family unity, solidarity and Christian discipleship. Photo by Mark Jabin A. Salvador

Filipino United Methodists rally for unity, discipleship

Some 9,000 church members joined a march in Quezon City to promote small groups and family devotion to faith. Read More

Special for Students

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

Alternate spring breaks: Vacations with more meaning

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

Beyond Church Walls

A cross of flowers signifies the Resurrected Christ at Kingwood United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Kingwood UMC.

15 outreach ideas for Easter

Easter is an opportunity to tell the most important story ever told. Find innovative ways to reach your community through drama, feeding the hungry and even a car wash. Read More

Making a Difference

Cadence Cobb (left) and her mother, Megan Cobb, dig at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Spry

Assuming role of ‘creation care’ as God’s mandate

With speakers related to both science and theology, United Methodist conference aims to foster dialogue on environmental justice. Read More

Our Faith

Cross draped with white cloth for Easter. Photo by creativex /

FAQs: Lent & Easter

Why do we observe Lent before Easter? Why do people give up sweets or caffeine for Lent? Find some facts about the season. Read More

In the News

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a United Methodist, center left, joins U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center right, and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, center, at a March 10 special event,

Seeing ‘sacred worth’ in women and girls

From a faith perspective, progress since the Beijing Declaration also means looking beyond gender to the crucial role of women in society. 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

Flowers bloom on the campus of Africa University. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

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