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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

Feeding the Spirit

Photo of cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist by Austin Bond Photography.

The Cross: What do YOU see?

“God took that awful thing and redeemed it.” United Methodists reflect on the origin and meaning of Christianity's strongest symbol. View

Breaking News

The Rev. Christopher Fisher (right) addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council which will decide whether to uphold the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer (left), who lost his credentials after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. An oral hearing on the matter opened the council’s Oct. 22-25 fall meeting in Memphis, Tenn. Fisher serves as counsel for the church.

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

United Methodist top court is considering whether pastor who performed same-sex wedding will retain ministerial credentials. Read More

In the News

Students at Gbarnga School of Theology in Libera work on e-readers preloaded with three years of theological content shown in a 2013 file photo. Photo by Jeff Oliver.

E-Reader Project set to expand in Africa, Philippines

The pilot school, although temporarily closed due to Ebola, showed the project’s potential for helping pastors-in-training. Read More

Commentary

The real problem with our kids and social media

Jeremy Steele says children from the ages of 10-18 are developing skills that help them understand and relate with their world. Text messages and Facebook posts don’t allow for that learning. Read More

Beliefs

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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

Special for the Season

United Methodists choose from a variety of Halloween traditions, including costume day at preschool. Photo by Alison Worden.

Church Halloween alternatives gain fans

Church-sponsored events address theological and safety concerns around Halloween while providing fall fun for children and adults. Read 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

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

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

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

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

For Reflection

In need of a blessing

Joe Kay says we often think of a blessing as a particular gesture or set of words. 'A real blessing involves helping the other person to recognize their worth and their value.’ 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

Featured Topic

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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

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