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We've got answers to your questions

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

Making a Difference

The ability for all generations to help pack meals for Rise Against Hunger is appealing to congregations like Dunwoody United Methodist Church, as demonstrated at last year’s “Foodstock” event. The metro Atlanta congregation has assembled more than 2 million meals since 2012 for the ministry. Photo by Bryan Jordin, Overtone.

Feeding millions of children in need

Volunteers finish packing meals for children in need. United Methodists account for nearly one-quarter of the 400 million+ meals distributed globally since 2005. Read More

Impact on local health

The newly commissioned Jalingo United Methodist Hospital in Jalingo, Nigeria, is one of the best-equipped private hospitals in the region. The 30-bed facility, which opened to the public last month, is expected to treat more than 10,000 people annually. Photo by Sharon Adamu Bambuka, UMNS.

Church in Nigeria opens modern hospital

The Nigeria Episcopal Area has opened one of the best-equipped private hospitals in the region. Jalingo United Methodist Hospital is expected to treat more than 10,000 people annually. Read More

Parenting

Children learn vacation Bible school songs at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, Calif. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church, Pasadena.

Five tips to help address racism with children

It's important to talk to young people about racism, before they learn about it through others or through hard experience. Read More

Commission on A Way Forward

Bishop Ough is president of the Council of Bishops.

5 things you need to know

A quick overview offers members of The United Methodist Church details about an important effort that will help shape the future of the denomination. Read More

Get your spirit in shape

Sheila Bates joined us in our studio to record an episode of Get Your Spirit in Shape. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

College, Church and Faith

Finding a faith community in college can be challenging. A United Methodist college ministry leader shares helpful tips for students, parents and churches. Listen

Daily Devotional

Today’s prayers and resources

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

A Sacred Covenant

Rings sit on text from the wedding service in the United Methodist Book of Worship. Photo illustration by Fran Walsh, United Methodist Communications.

I do: How United Methodists understand Christian marriage

In weddings and marriage, we celebrate love: the love of the couple, the love of God for us, and the love Christ calls us to share with the world. Read More

United Methodist Beliefs

A parishioner reads a Bible in Beijing, China. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Is the Bible literal?

Adam Hamilton talks about interpreting biblical stories. ‘They’re really not trying to tell us the story of some ancient people. They’re trying to tell us about ourselves.’ View