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Prayer involves action; namely being attentive to God's voice in your life. Listening for God means stopping and sitting still. It means paying attention to what God may be saying to you at any point in your life. Photo by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Lent: A Time to Fast and Pray

Faithful Christians are advised to see fasting as a devotion, not an imposition. Read More

Ash Wednesday

Ingrid McIntyre receives ashes from street chaplain, Lindsey Krinks. About 30 people gathered as a community to share in the Ash Wednesday liturgy and to raise awareness of those suffering from homelessness and poverty. McIntyre is a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn. A file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Why ashes? Connecting to who we are and who we can be

On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, an ancient act reminds us our bodies are temporary and our lives are flawed, but a day of resurrection will come. Read More

Valentine's Day

Candy hearts express sentiments appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Three ways to say “I love you”

Couples’ coach gives tips to be year-round Valentines. “I'm convinced that if couples focus on these three things, the romance will come.” Read More

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Resources for Black History Month

Help your church explore the richness and depth of Black History Month with these resources from Discipleship Ministries. Read More

Disability Awareness

Betty Ostrom provides American Sign Language interpretation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. A double exposure for United Methodist News Service by Paul Jeffrey.

Celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday

People with disabilities and their families can be a vital part of our faith communities. When does your church celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday? Read More

Black History Month

Missionary Vivienne Gray served with her husband, Ulysses, in Liberia, 1948 to 1988. Photo courtesy of New World Outlook.

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White

From Wesley’s baptism of two slaves to African-American delegates at General Conference, see 250 years of history. Read More


Nelson Mandela. Photo taken in 2000. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Robben Island reflections: Mandela showed us how to forgive

Tafadzwa W. Mudambanuki reflects on the contribution of Nelson Mandela, an inspiration to people of all colors and all nations. Read More

Daily Devotional

Winter scene in New Albany, Ohio. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Today's Prayers & Resources

Spend some time in prayer with these resources from the Upper Room. More

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Devotional booklet

‘While still Far Off’ Lenten Devotional

Daily meditations and prayers from the Society of St. Andrew that explore the themes of temptations, challenges, and perseverance in faith. Read More