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United Methodist Now: 2017 Archives

United Methodist Now is a biweekly e-newsletter for church members to highlight examples of Christian living, share inspirational messages, and focus on what it means to be part of our... Read More

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

The United Methodist Lent Quiz

How much do you know about the themes and practices during the season of Lent? Take this quiz and be sure to share it with others. Read More

Candy hearts express sentiments appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Three ways to say “I love you”

Couples’ coach gives tips to be year-round Valentines. “I'm convinced that if couples focus on these three things, the romance will come.” Read More

United Methodists around the world. Photo by Beth Scupham, courtesy of Creative Commons 4.0

Where in the world are United Methodists? Part 1

The world really is our parish. Take this short quiz to see how much you know about the places United Methodists live, work, play, and pray. More

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

Some online quizzes, such as this one from The Upper Room, can help us better understand our spiritual type and gifts. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What’s your spiritual type? Online quizzes can grow faith

Are you a sage, a lover, a mystic or a prophet? Find online options that help us dig deeper into our spirituality. 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 struggling with tragedy in the news or in our personal lives, we turn to God for comfort, peace, hope, and strength. Watch and pray. View

Image of sunrise. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Downloadable prayers for your home

“Help us to make room for the blessings that are in store for us in the coming months.” Read and share this printable prayer to help focus on faith as 2018... Download

These Protestant prayer beads were made by United Methodist artisan and author Kristen Vincent. Photo courtesy of Kristen Vincent, Prayerworks Studio.

Prayer Beads for United Methodists

United Methodist artist says anyone can find focus and improve their prayer life with beads. View

A scenic photo of sun rays shining through tree branches in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Jim Starr.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

'And in our gratitude, make us to be instruments of your peace.' Take a moment to lift up your thanks to God this season. View

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Organ Donation

The church celebrates Organ Tissue and Donor Sunday each November. This short video talks about the "gift of love and hope" you may not have considered. View

United Methodists have many selections to help us grow as followers of Jesus. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

A short but important list of books just for United Methodists

The right resource can strengthen our faith and practice. This guide contains a Bible, songbooks, and titles in beliefs, history, and sacraments. Read More

A chicken and bananas were gifts to visitors at a church in Kindu, Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by Matt Crum, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Meditation: Knowing God is Nearby

Even when it seems things could not get any worse, we can take a moment to reflect on the wonder of all creation and to thank the Creator. View

Denounce violence and racism and EMBRACE LOVE. Download these graphics to use on your Facebook profile or share on your timeline. Art by United Methodist Communications

Embrace love through social media

When violence occurs, we need to be a source of goodness in our communities. Here are some ways you can spread a message of love on social media. Read More

Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas was a hub for relief work by various agencies after flooding in the city in May 2016. Photo by Hannah Terry, The Texas Conference.

Top four worst, and best, ways to help after a disaster

When storms strike, what are the best ways to support those in the path? United Methodist programs make your donations and volunteering have more impact. More

A tire swing sways in the wind from Hurricane Rita over the remains of a beachfront home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Ocean Springs, Miss. Rita made landfall in East Texas Sept. 24, 2005, nearly four weeks after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Ask the UMC: How do United Methodists understand human suffering from natural disaster?

When tragedy strikes, it is common for us to ask why. We turn to our faith for answers, but answers don’t come easily. Read More

King James Bible, Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Sunday Scriptures

Prepare for Sunday worship services with these readings, articles and prayers. Read More