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Methodist History

Lay pastor Raphaël Aboua helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Why Isn’t Communion Every Sunday?

You may know that in The United Methodist Church communion is offered to all, but here's why schedules for the sacrament vary among churches. View

Today's Church

Worshippers join in prayer at Impact Church, a United Methodist church in the Atlanta suburb in East Point, Ga. The church is one of the fastest-growing Protestant churches in the United States, and is an example of the strength of United Methodist new church starts. Photo courtesy of Impact Church.

Growing impact of new churches

In all the news of shrinking U.S. church attendance, it’s worth noting that starting new churches is an area where The United Methodist Church shows strength. Read More

Modern-Day Circuit Riders

Patty and Eddie Gill founded the United Methodist Motorcycle Association, based in Oklahoma. Video image by Reed Galin, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Motorcycle 'Gang'

Bikers are modern circuit riders, reaching out on the road. "A lot of people are dying just to be asked to come back to church." View

Social Principle: Healthcare

United Methodists join others in advocating for affordable healthcare. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church & Society.

What the church teaches about healthcare

United Methodists believe "healthcare is a basic human right." Here are three things you can do to help insure every American has access to affordable care. Read More

150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is one of 12 structures designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Wright agreed to create a master plan for the campus and to design 18 buildings. Ultimately, the college completed 12 structures. It still owns all the designs. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College.

United Methodist college showcases renowned architecture

Florida Southern College, with the most Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings of any single site, was named a United Methodist Historic Site this year. Read More

God Works In Us

“Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love,” a new book by Bishop William H. Willimon, examines the “biology of fear” and the role Christians can play in welcoming those that are different from them. Book image courtesy of Abingdon Press

Bishop’s new book focuses on turning fear to love

In ‘Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love,’ United Methodist Bishop William H. Willimon explores the role of Christians in welcoming the ‘Others’ among us. Read More

New Church Starts

Members of Embrace Church in northern California’s Bay Area pose for a group selfie. The new church, which launched officially in July 2015, began as a small group of Oakland Korean United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Embrace Church.

How to reclaim the church-planting tradition

Methodists once planted at least a church a day. Today’s United Methodists are recovering their heritage — with a modern twist. Read More

Summertime

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

It is now the summer season in the U.S. Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

Daily Devotional

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec.

Today's prayers and resources

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