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Midvale Company mechanic, Larson, working on a machine at Thomas Steel, July 1932. Courtesy of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives

Labor Day Liturgies

On U.S. Labor Day, we honor the contributions and sacrifices of workers. Find worship resources to help your congregation celebrate workers as well as remember those seeking work. Read 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

Timely Topic

Beautiful stained-glass windows cast shadows on pews inside Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans, La. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Preaching About the Shooting of Michael Brown

The Rev. Dawn Chesser gives ideas for talking about the tough topic of violence in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. Read More

Where Your Dollars Go

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

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

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

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Daily Devotional

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

Back to School Season

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Featured Topic: Education

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

In Depth

A UMNS photo illustration to accompany a story on aging clergy.  Featured are a Bible, The 2012 Book of Discipline, and The United Methodist Book of Worship. Accompanies UMNS story #135. 4/26/13; A UMNS photo illustration by Kathleen Barry

Featured Topic: Homosexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read personal opinions and view other resources and headlines on the subject of sexuality. More

Across the Globe

Ukrainian United Methodists feel strain of war

Members of two United Methodist churches in Eastern Ukraine continue to feel the impact of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian military forces. 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

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

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

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

Moment in History

The Rev. George McClain, executive director emeritus, Methodist Federation for Social Action Adjunct Faculty: New York Theological Seminary, The College of New Jersey.

‘In Mississippi I learned what church is’

The Rev. George D. McClain remembers the 1964 Freedom Summer as beginning of his theological education. Read More