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Harry Potter fans visit Quincy UMC for a Halloween treat.

UMTV: Church’s Harry Potter Halloween

See a United Methodist church become Hogwarts for a day. 'People come to it as repeat people and spread the word that this church is a great church.' View

Commentary

Painting of Martin Luther posting his 95 theses by Ferdinand Pauwels. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Nailed it! A word for Reformation Day

C. Chappell Temple says Martin Luther’s argument for the power of the Gospel over the power of the church changed the course of history for all Christians. Read More

Pastor Appreciation Month

Pastor Sherry Cothran Woolsey hugs Alison Lipschutz, age 5. Alison will take a red packpack to kindergarten this fall. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

(More than) 10 ways to appreciate your pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. From photos to prayers to food, learn what gifts — and actions — mean the most to preachers. Read More

In the News

A chain of people linking Venice Park United Methodist Church and a family’s home being rebuilt by United Methodist project, A Future With Hope. Photo courtesy of the Greater New Jersey Conference.

A ‘chain of hope’ two years after Hurricane Sandy

People join hands along a street in Atlantic City, New Jersey between a local church and a home being rebuilt by A Future With Hope. Read More

Beliefs

What is Reformation Day?

What is the significance of Oct. 31 for United Methodists? Read More

Around the Church

A conversation with Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.

United Methodist Communications sat down with Bishop Warner Brown as he prepares to give his first presidential address to the Council of Bishops. Read More

Church News

The Rev. Frank Schaefer speaks about his book, “Defrocked,” at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, one day after his Judicial Council hearing in Memphis, Tenn.

Update: Decision won’t end United Methodist same-sex debate

The United Methodist Church's top court has upheld an appellate committee's earlier ruling to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer's clergy credentials. Read More

Food for the Spirit

Children bathe in water from an open pipe following Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Flowing Water: The Christian Connection

'We have reminders of baptism everywhere.' Watch and download a meditation on how water connects us with our brothers and sisters around the world. View

Reformation Day Oct. 31

Chuck re-enacts Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenburg.

Chuck Knows Church: Protestant Reformation

Chuck looks at how Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses provided the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. View

Beliefs

Photo by Roland zh /WikiMedia Commons.

Does The United Methodist Church have a position about Halloween?

Find information about this secular holiday and alternative ways to celebrate the season. Read More

In the News

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Early warning proposed for General Conference legislation

A proposed advisory panel aims to give delegates a heads up if a petition might violate the denomination’s constitution. Read More

For Reflection

Why we give

Bishop Mike Coyner confesses that for many years he worked hard to get people to give for the wrong reasons. Now he’s much more joyful about it. Read More

Finding Our Way

Meeting of the Connectional Table in Chicago, Illinois. Bishop Daniel Arichea, Jr. speaks as a panelist for Christian Conferencing on Human Sexuality. To his right is Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Photo by Diane Degnan.

Webcast: Conferencing on Human Sexuality

Leaders and theologians discussed human sexuality, our mission and United Methodist church law as part of a Connectional Table online conversation. View

Epworth by the Sea - scenic photo of the Christian retreat center in St. Simons Island, Ga. named to honor the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley. The center is a hospitality ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a place for worship, study and fellowship. (information from the Epworth by the Sea website)  Photo by Diane Degnan; Photo by Diane Degnan

Daily Devotional

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

Useful Information

The Rev. Damião Elias, a member of the Commission on General Conference, and interpreter Isaura Arez practice using a Bible app on a tablet. Elias, who is from Mozambique, is among nine commission members who received training from United Methodist Communications and will participate in a pilot project using the tablets. The hope is that the tools will help delegates, especially from Africa and the Philippines, in preparing for General Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How technology could help General Conference delegates

The United Methodist Commission on General Conference has launched a pilot project using tablet computers in hopes of easing preparation in central conferences. Read More

Special Coverage

Maps courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, labeling of United Methodist hospitals and clinic by United Methodist Committee on Relief.

The Church Responds to Ebola

United Methodists continue to combat the deadly outbreak across West Africa. Find latest updates and ways you can help. More

Video Worth Watching

Evangelical United Methodist Church in Racine Wisconsin tried a fair trade chocolate event in 2008.

UMTV: Fair Trade Halloween

Learn ways people of faith can make Halloween sweeter by buying and sharing candy that goes to a good cause. View

Across the Globe

Boy harvests okra on his family's farm in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Grassroots International.

UMCOR helps keep food, and family farmers, safe

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping families fight for their land in Brazil and elsewhere. Read More

Around the Church

The church building of Port-Bouët 2 - Derrière Wharf Nouvelle Jérusalem United Methodist Church(New Jerusalem United Methodist Church) in Côte d'Ivoire, was partially destroyed by a government project to build a larger road. Despite the damage, church members continue with Sunday worship on Sept. 28, 2014. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Worship goes on in Côte d’Ivoire despite damage

Highway construction takes part of church building but not the spirit of a United Methodist congregation in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Read More

Across the Globe

“Today, with my production, I am a happy woman,” says Beatrice Monga. Photo courtesy of Foods Resource Bank.

Agriculture training in DRC helps families thrive

“I am a happy woman.’ On church land, 90 farmers learn techniques that use minimal chemicals and cut out expensive middlemen. Read More

Outside Church Walls

UMTV: Hunger-Free ZIP Code

The Rev. Adam Snell's church feeds 45 families a month but says this ministry is not just food, "It's all about relationships." View

You Can Help

Dr. James Sullivan with student volunteers from the Meharry 12 South Community Clinic in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy Meharry.

Student-run free clinic helps serve the underserved

When a patient suffering from asthma couldn’t afford an inhaler, the clinic provided one. ‘He broke down crying.’ Your donations to the Black College Fund make a difference. Read More

Education

A multi-cultural world. Photo by Monisha.pushparaj, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Tips for teaching diversity appreciation to children

‘Tell them that they are beautiful and that other people – who may or may not look like them – are beautiful, too, because God says so.’ Read More

World Issues

Refugees and human rights in Iraq

The General Board of Global Ministries offers information about the dire situation in Iraq, and what church groups are doing to alleviate suffering and advocate for peace. Read More