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Personal Perspectives on Homosexuality and the Church

The topic can be challenging for people of faith. Read a variety of first-person reflections, meant to help us understand one another better. More

Opinion

Three things youth can do about ISIS and Ebola

Jeremy Steele says reading about tragic situations can make us feel like there's nothing we can do. But that’s not the case. Read More

Around the church

The Rev. Larry Hollon in ministry. File photo by Lynne Dobson.

Church’s top communications exec to retire next year

The Rev. Larry Hollon helped lead The United Methodist Church into digital communications on a variety of fronts. Read More

In the News

The interior of Napa First United Methodist shows debris and damage to the church following the recent 6.0 earthquake in California.  Photo by Amy Herzog, Napa First United Methodist Church.

Update: Downtown Napa earthquake damage includes church

Vallejo church also loses brick façade Aug. 24 in strongest northern California earthquake in 25 years. Read More

Beliefs

African American and Hispanic American orkers on strike against Kellwood (Little Rock, Arkansas circa 1966-1967) wearing placards that encourage support for better wages. Unknown photographer. International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs (1885-1985)Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Rights of Workers: What does the church say?

Scripture teaches that human beings, created in the image of God, have an innate dignity (Genesis 1:27). Read More

For Reflection

Post-war trauma, mistrust, fuel Ebola crisis

Larry Hollon says the residual effects of violence are long reaching and ‘threaten global health in unexpected ways.’ The church must provide a message of hope. Read More

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Daily Devotional

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

Around the Church

The Rev. Stephen Handy from McKendree United Methodist Church leads the opening worship at the quadrennial budget discussion of the Connectional Table Finance Committee and the General Council on Finance and Administration held in Nashville, Tenn.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications; Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Slight budget gains projected for agencies

Decision on Aug. 21 gave general church agencies a bottom line on which to begin building their budgets in 2017-2020. Read More

In the News

Global Ministries leaders express solidarity with those suffering in Iraq

'As United Methodists, the protection and extension of human rights — including free expression of religion — are among our mission priorities.' Read More

You Can Help

South Sudanese students, many of them young girls, pictured at a school in the Girls Education South Sudan program, for which UMCOR is a state co-manager. Photo by Andreea Câmpeanu, courtesy of Girls Education in South Sudan.

A boost for girls in South Sudan

Educating young women is a proven way to help lift communities out of poverty. Learn about a new project aimed at transforming lives. Read More

Commentary

Commentary on the death of Michael Brown

Bishop Minerva Carcano says African American young people in the U.S. need our caring attention, and that we must have ‘deep conversations’ about racism in our communities. Read More

Video Worth Watching

The Rev. Gene Martino, Jr. rides his horse Jacques in jousting tournament at Tennessee Renaissance Festival. Still from video by Andrew Jensen, United Methodist Communications. May 2014.

UMTV: The Jousting Pastor

Before Rev. Gene Martino became a jouster he had not spent much time in a saddle. Now he says his relationship with horses has benefited his relationship with his flock. View

In the Spotlight

UMCom representative April Grace G. Mercado demonstrates how to use the Solio solar chargers to the youth in Ormoc City following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013.

April Mercado: Technology aids disaster recovery

Food and shelter are obvious needs, but don’t underestimate the role technology can play in the aftermath of a catastrophe. View

Across the Globe

Soummete from Bishkek United Methodist Church is baptized during the Spirit Movement Festival in the local river near Voronezh, Russia. Photo courtesy the United Methodist Church in Eurasia.

Celebrating 125th anniversary of church in Eurasia

Spirit Movement Festival honors heroes and martyrs from Russia and Korea who helped establish Methodism in Eurasia and also looks to the future. Read More

For Reflection

Worship from the eyes of a child

Linda Ranson Jacobs’ idea to take her small grandson through her church’s sanctuary, explaining what each area was, had some very positive results. Read More

Spiritual Living

Creating sacred space anywhere you are. Photo illustration by Sophia Agtarap, Rethink Church

Creating sacred space anywhere you are

For anyone going away to college, to a new job or just experiencing change, making your home a haven helps ease the transition. Read More

Where Your Dollars Go

Lar May Maung, Mu Dah, Cha Eh Pwo and Mu Shee at high school graduation. Mu Dah credits the Summer Scholar Extended Education (SEE) program which is supported by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo courtesy GBHEM.

United Methodist grant helps Myanmar student

A young woman who fled her home and spent 12 years in a refugee camp, graduates from high school with honors with the help of the Summer Scholar Extended Education program. Read More

News You Can Use

Promoting your church's online presence. Photo illustration courtesy United Methodist Communications.

Tips for enhancing your church’s online presence

From outdoor signs to submitting your address to search engines, find ways to help potential members find your website - and you. Read More

Resource

Discounts available on 2015 program calendars

The early bird catches the discount -- and gets organized. Order before August 31, 2014, and receive 10% off any calendar purchase. Read More

Back to School Season

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Featured Topic: Education

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

Life Tips

Six stress management tips for seniors

Retirement may be a time to relax and enjoy life but it can also bring new concerns. Find ways to “let go.” Read More