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Pastor who built tiny house learned lessons about going green, living simply, and making room for Jesus. Screen capture from a video by United Methodist Communications.

Pastor on going green: Smaller footprint, more room for Jesus

United Methodist pastor Rev. Rebecca Rutter believes living simply benefits our planet and can deepen our spiritual lives. Earth Day is April 22. Read More

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Peace, Simplicity and a Tiny House

In this podcast episode, Rev. Rebecca Rutter shares insights from building a tiny house about going green, living simply, and making room for Jesus. Listen

The United Methodist Book of Discipline serves as a guide for members and churches. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ways United Methodists can talk together about war and peace

Violence and military action raise questions for many United Methodists. Talking together about difficult issues can help us hear God speaking to us. Read More

A street memorial remembers crime victims. Chaplain Bruce Cook runs a support group for families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.

A United Methodist Prayer: Turning to God in Days of Trouble

When we are struggling with difficult news in our personal lives or in the world, we can ask God for comfort. View

Adults can help young people understand the story of Jesus' death better. Photo courtesy Pixabay.com, CC0 Public Domain.

Teaching children about Holy Week: Telling the whole story

Telling kids the story of Jesus' death is difficult, but it gives a new appreciation of Easter. Children's ministry leaders offer tips for parents. Read More

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

In this episode of Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares how his cancer diagnosis impacted his life and faith. Photo courtesy of Jason Micheli.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Keeping Faith and Humor in Cancer

In this podcast episode, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares what he learned about himself and his faith in the midst of a health crisis. Listen

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Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast

United Methodist podcast offers tools, tips and thoughts to help us live our faith more fully. Listen to individual episodes or subscribe. More

A billboard features 95-year-old United Methodist Shirley Bachelder. Image courtesy of Shirley Bachelder.

95-Year-Old Billboard Star’s Message: Love

Meet the billboard poster gal who reminded a city to love one another. United Methodist Shirley Bachelder helps us count our blessings. View

Two former enemies embrace in Vasconcellos’ sculpture Reconciliation. Photo by Martinvl, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Finding healing and peace in a polarized political climate

United Methodists may feel divided on issues inside and outside the church. An expert in conflict transformation offers tips to help us reconnect. Read More

Youth of Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles serve a meal during their annual

Easy ways to share gratitude this Thanksgiving

Find creative ideas to make this season of thanks more about giving than receiving. Read More

Shirley Bachelder, 95, shares in an episode of our podcast how she stays in constant communication with God. Photo by Fran Walsh, United Methodist Communications.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Life lessons from a 95-year-old United Methodist

Shirley Bachelder shares thoughts about faith, friendship, prayer, gratitude, and love. Her wisdom will encourage and inspire you. Listen

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

Get Your Spirit in Shape: College, Church and Faith

In this podcast episode, the Rev. Sheila Bates shares ideas to help students connect to a faith community in college. Listen

Dogs can remind us of God's love each day. Photo courtesy of Barbara Bailey Hutchison.

Song celebrates links between God and Dog

Animals can remind us "God is always there, waiting for us, forgiving us, loving us unconditionally." View

As people of faith, we remember to glorify God in all of our work. Photo by Kathryn Price, illustration by United Methodist Communications.

Can your work bring you closer to God?

How can we mix our career and our Christianity? Get inspiration from Scripture along with lessons from Methodism's founder. Read More

Worshipers at Easter fill Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta where attendance has been on a steady rise. Photo by Joseph McBrayer.

A faux pas in the pew: What to do?

We all want to see more people in church, so what are the best ways to be welcoming and patient year-round? 'Ask Amy' advice columnist has tips. Read More

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Everyday Disciples

In this podcast episode, leaders at Discipleship Ministries discuss how sharing our faith in groups helps us grow as followers of Jesus. Listen

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Ways United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence

The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church calls us to work for what we pray for: a world free from mass killings. Read More

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Changing Pastors? It’s Going to be Okay

In this podcast, United Methodist pastor and author the Rev. Robert Kaylor offers tips on how you can help when your church gets a new pastor. Listen

Tips for using social media for spiritual growth

In this podcast episode, the Rev. R. Scott Miller shares how we can use social media to grow spiritually and share our faith journeys. Listen

Planning a wonderful welcome celebration is but one part of a successful pastoral transition. Photo by Kimberly Kappel, courtesy Flickr. Edited by UMC.org.

We’re getting a new pastor! What can I do?

When leadership changes, so do churches. A pastor who has been there before shares lessons learned and tips to make things work well right from the start. Read More

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Marriage or the single life? Advice from John Wesley

Does your relationship status affect your spiritual life? John Wesley wants us to consider how in singleness or marriage we can best serve God. Read More

Jesus prayed for forgiveness of those who were putting him to death. We are also to be forgiving. “Crucifixion” by Peter Gertner, 16th century. Walters Art Museum, Public domain, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Why those who are forgiven should be forgiving

Jesus made a sacrifice so that we might be forgiven. As Christians, we too should be forgiving of others. Read More

Spiritual director Whitney Simpson teaches how to find and create sacred space in your life. Photo by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

Creating Sacred Spaces

In this podcast episode, United Methodist spiritual director Whitney Simpson, shares ways to create and find holy places in our everyday lives. Listen

Shirley Bachelder's image, at age 95, appeared on billboards around Nashville, Tenn. in April 2016. Photo by Stacey Hagewood, United Methodist Communications.

Want a better life? Try a bucket list

'God was there. I felt so close to him.' People of faith talk about the ways they are making sure to live life to the fullest. Read More

Authors Jenny Youngman and Kara Oliver have written books to help families begin devotions in the home. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Tips for starting family devotions in the home

In this podcast episode filled with laughter and great stories, authors Jenny Youngman and Kara Oliver share how we can celebrate our faith as a family—even a really busy... Listen

The Enoch Wood bust of the Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791). Courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Need love advice? Don’t ask John Wesley

As United Methodists, we turn to John Wesley as an authority in many aspects of life. Romantic love, however, should not be one of them. Read More

When We're Bad at Being Good

In this podcast episode, author J. Brent Bill offers tips for the times we fear we've failed and don't quite measure up. Listen

What makes a meaning-full gift? It’s care, not cost

Want ideas for an unforgettable present this Christmas? United Methodists talk about their most memorable gifts. Read More

A Nativity set featuring a coconut stable or shelter and figures hand-made from clay, purchased during JoAnn Hall’s first mission trip to Haiti. Photo by JoAnn Hall.

Ready for Christmas? Tips to keep the holiday season holy

Advent can be a busy time, but there are things you can do to keep your heart and mind on Christ. Read More

Hands hold paper dolls. Photo illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Positive adoption language celebrates families

November is Adoption Awareness Month. A pastor who's also an adoptive parent shares which words work and which hurt when talking about the topic. Read More

United Methodists choose from a variety of Halloween traditions, including costume day at preschool. Photo by Alison Worden.

Church Halloween alternatives gain fans

Many churches choose events that celebrate life rather than death, offer safe fun for children, or make the day one to give as well as get. Read More

Seniors work out at Ankeny United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. The church has multipurpose rooms that hold both

Can church friends be a diet secret?

Keeping up a fitness routine can be rough, but some United Methodist churches offer ways to stay strong. Read More

Ken Steppe and a scout are prepared to serve communion. Photo courtesy of Ken Steppe.

‘What would I do?’: Fatherly advice for tough questions

As the U.S. prepares to mark Father's Day, older people of faith share some insights with the young, and offer lessons for all ages. Read More

Young adults whose parents shared the importance of their faith are far more likely to continue in church. Members of the Bonn family pray during a 2014 service at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn., to lift up those facing the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

The secret to faith after high school? Parents!

Worried about your child heading to college, and heading away from church? Youth leaders share tips to make your home a stronger spiritual base. Read More

Dave Wallis helps his church maintain this Fountain and Memorial Wall at First United Methodist Church in Muncy, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Muncy, Pennsylvania.

Honoring lost loved ones with unique memorials

Church members share innovative ways they channeled their grief by creating personalized tributes. Read More

Young girls received wonderful advice from wise women. Collage by United Methodist Communications. Photos courtesy of Morgan Stafford, Vera Moore, Dee Dee Cobb Photography, The Rev. Marietjie Odendaal, and United Methodist Elder Care of Rhode Island.

‘Is God mad at me?’: Motherly advice for tough questions

Older people of faith reply to queries of the young with insights that offer lessons for all ages. Read More

Fourth-grader Colyn Chris regularly brings his new Bible to Sunday school at Faith United Methodist Church in Goshen, Ind. Photo courtesy of Faith United Methodist Church, Interpreter Magazine.

Children receive first Bibles – and life-long lessons

From Bible Buddies to special dinners, classes and child-friendly translations, Interpreter Magazine has ideas for helping families and churches introduce the Good Word to kids. Read More

Our choice of words can make a difference in celebrating families. These suggestions will help. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Positive adoption language examples and resources

See some useful alternatives to common adoption language, and other insights from an adoptive mom. Read More

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

Christians and Creation: ‘You can’t love God and ignore the Earth’

Care for Earth is a spiritual issue. Pastor reminds us of moral duty to care for Creation: 'It reflects the way we treat the life God has given us.' Read More