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Ancient traditions still influence Easter

All-night vigils, baptisms, communion - and welcoming all worshippers - are more important than fancy clothes. Read More

People in the Bible

“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection” is a painting by Alexander Ivanov from 1835. A web-only photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Magdalene: Apostle or harlot?

In the Bible, she is among the first to bear witness to Christ's resurrection. But she still has a reputation as the Gospels' bad girl. Read More

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Topic: Lent and Easter

Find devotionals, activities for families, inspiring stories and information about our faith for the observance of the Lenten and Easter seasons. Read More

Growing in Faith

Passover Seder Plate features symbolic foods. Photo courtesy of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church.

Sharing Passover Seders

By sharing Passover Seder with Jewish neighbors, Christians can learn more about several Christian practices and the influence of Judaism in Jesus’ teachings. Read More

Plan an Event

#BringChange this World Malaria Day

Bring change to the world by planning a fundraising event for April 25. From 5K’s to lemonade, churches, conferences – even states – are joining the fun. Read More

Women of Faith

Women immigrants who traveled alone were often at risk when they arrived at Ellis Island in the late 19th century. Public domain image.

Methodist History: Welcoming Women Immigrants

In Women's History Month, meet Alma Mathews, whose mission field was Ellis Island. She and others offered a safety net for women traveling alone. View

In the Spotlight

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earning a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women helping women in Côte d’Ivoire

Small loans change lives as they provide women the start they need to become independent business owners. Read More

In the News

An image of hands in prayer. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Prayers asked for families of 150 dead in German plane crash

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, who leads United Methodists in Germany, said the country is in mourning. Read More

Beyond Church Walls

High school students and parents shop for prom dresses at Prom Boutique at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Prom Boutique.

Churches offer free formal wear, and God’s love, to teens

Ministries that share donated dresses help students cut costs and look great. 'Maybe she’ll think about the church that made her feel beautiful.' Read More

Lenten Season

Healing the Circle Lenten Devotionals graphic, courtesy Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Healing the Circle Lenten Devotionals

Prayers and reflections by Native Americans and about the Native American tradition bring new perspective to the season. Read More

Feeding the Spirit

Woman holds candle. Photo by Courtney Carmody, courtesy of Flickr.

Re-energize your prayer life with a new practice

There is no one-size-fits-all for a great prayer life. And practice does make a difference. Lent is a good time to try new methods. Read More

United Methodist Profile

Dr. Lowell Gess prays for Sierra Leone at a weekly devotion held at the United Methodist Church house in Freetown.

Ebola doesn’t stop 93-year-old’s return to Sierra Leone

Dr. Lowell Gess, retired United Methodist missionary, decided his presence would make a difference during a difficult period in his adopted homeland. Read More

Special for Students

Dakarayi Chabaya, student at Central Methodist University carries a log during one of his mission trips. Photo courtesy of Dakarayi Chabaya.

Alternate spring breaks: Vacations with more meaning

Church participants say leaving the beach to serve people in need is more rewarding and refreshing than expected. Read More

Flowers bloom on the campus of Africa University. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Daily Devotional

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