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Native American Ministries - April 30

Young people from Oneida United Methodist Church, who attended the Peg-Leg Flamingos youth leadership conference in September, present a tribal flag to water protectors at Standing Rock. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin

Peg-leg flamingo symbolizes challenges faced by Native American youth

Peg-Leg Flamingos, a United Methodist leadership program, aims to nurture and educate young Native American leaders. Read More

In The News

The Rev. Kathleen McMurray joins a Good Friday vigil at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to protest planned executions of seven inmates. McMurray is associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

Arkansas executes two more men

As Arkansas put two more men to death on April 24, United Methodist clergy continued to speak out against the multiple executions. Read More

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Church News

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

Judicial Council Coverage

Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) meets Dixie Brewster (right) for the first time prior to the opening of oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Brewster is petitioner questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. At rear is the Rev. Keith Boyette, representing Brewster before the council. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court hears arguments over gay bishop

An elected representative of one U.S. regional body asks whether the episcopal election in another region violates United Methodist Church law. Read More

Easter Season

“The Road to Emmaus,” an 1877  painting by Robert Zund.  The Gospel of Luke account remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to spiritual retreats. Public Domain

Walking with Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus?

Luke’s account of the risen Christ’s journey remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to United Methodist-supported retreats. Here is why it resonates. Read More

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Ask the UMC

We have been keeping a list of intriguing questions about The United Methodist Church. Get the answers and send us your query. Ask the UMC. Read More

Daily Devotional

Today's prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer today with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More

Stewards of the Earth

The Rev. David Valera leads a prayer at the climate vigil during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The climate vigil was an effort offer prayers and concern for the ways that climate change is impacting creation. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Caring for Creation

United Methodists around the world are finding new ways to "Go Green" and care for the natural resources that are part of God's Creation. Read More