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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

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

Methodist History: 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

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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

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What church members can do about bullying

October is Bullying Prevention Month in the U.S. but this problem spans the globe. Get some good ideas to address the issue. Read More

Eric McDonald is active in his church and in Matthew's Ministry, a special needs program  at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas.

Church Embraces Families with Special Needs

From Sunday school, to Bible study, to bell choir, there’s a place and a role for everyone at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. View

Discover stories of United Methodists responding to their own calls and more about our Wesleyan heritage as the people of The United Methodist Church.

The Movement Continues

Discover stories of United Methodists responding to their own calls and more about our Wesleyan heritage as the people of The United Methodist Church. 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

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Five ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Find easy, fun tips to celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of our Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters to our community. Read More

People traveled great distances to attend camp meetings, like this one at Witwen around 1900. Photo courtesy Witwen Camp Meeting Association.

“Fishing with a large net”: United Methodist camp meetings

Francis Asbury praised this early evangelism tool by referencing Jesus’ call to “fish for people.” The format has changed, but some still meet today. Read More

Bilha Alegria and two of her grandchildren at Lake Junaluska, a United Methodist retreat center.

A Prayer for My Grandchildren

To know your children's children is a great gift from God. Watch and share this short reflection that celebrates the love of a grandparent. View

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United Methodist Blessing for Those Who Wait

There are countless ways humans wait. This short reflection reminds those waiting in fear and sadness that God offers comfort and strength. View

Kylie Greaves holds a puppy. United Methodist Communications file phot0.

God and Dog: A Spiritual Reflection

Sometimes pets can give people great insights into the love of God. A slideshow celebrates the many ways canines can remind us of the divine. View

Actors Josh Childs and Henry Haggard in the studio recording the voices for John and Charles Wesley in the animated series Wesleys Take the Web. Photo by Lilla Marigza, United Methodist Communications.

A Must See: Wesleys Take the Web

Meet the creative team behind the animated series about United Methodist history which brings John and Charles Wesley into the digital age. View

Students laugh in a classroom in East Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

A United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom

When students go back to school, so do teachers, administrators, and other staff. Take time to offer this quick prayer for those beginning another school session. View

United Methodists can help communities when fire strikes. Stock image by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ways to help when fire strikes

As people of faith, United Methodists long to aid those affected by wildfires. These tips offer some ways we can support victims and first responders. Read More

Agatha Muagura speaks softly to a chicken as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

A United Methodist Prayer for Animals

God has granted us stewardship of creation. This prayer celebrates our delicate coexistence with the animals of the earth. View

The United Methodist Church publishes The Upper Room in 35 languages. Images courtesy The Upper Room.

Where the world meets to pray: The Upper Room

In 35 languages, in over 100 countries, this United Methodist publication unites people in Bible reading, prayer, and faith reflection every day. Read More

United Methodist bishops help families during an immersion experience at the U.S. / Mexico border. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

How United Methodists can support immigrant families

Distressing stories of children separated from their parents at the U.S. border lead us to ask, what can we do? Get ideas. Read More

John and Charles Wesley are featured in a cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web. Produced by United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: A mobile-friendly history of the UMC

What if John and Charles Wesley were alive today, and using social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church? View

Pedro Chadreque Guambe and his daughter Wendy share a moment together.

A United Methodist Prayer for Fathers

A short reflection offers words to honor the sons, brothers, fathers and grandfathers who have shaped our lives. View

Participants network during a bi-monthly session of the jobs ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church. Video image by Kisker Productions for United Methodist Communications.

Church Renews Faith for Job Seekers

Job networking ministry changes lives. ‘People experience grace. They may have been told things that have broken their spirit, but when they come through our doors, they get love!’ View

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United Methodist Beliefs: What does it mean to be saved?

Junius Dotson describes the assurance that comes after accepting Christ. “Because I am saved, I have the ability to walk with the presence of the Holy Spirit.” View

Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a “blessing of the backpacks.” 2011 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers begin another school year, take time for prayer too. View

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earn a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She is one of 48 women who received a micro-loan to start her own business from the United Methodist Women’s Côte d’Ivoire Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

'In your glory, we offer all the work of our hearts and hands and minds.' Video reflection offers a blessing for all those who labor or are seeking work. View

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

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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

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

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

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Sunday Scriptures

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

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Advice from Children: Embrace Love

Young United Methodists talk about how we can overcome evil with good. “Stand up for other people.” View

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10 books to feed your faith: Great reads for United Methodists

When we have more time to relax and read, these enjoyable titles—fiction, inspiration, Bible study, devotion and more—also feed your spirit. Read More

A baby holds fast to his mother's hand. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Prayer for Families

A short video reflection reminds us to pray for those closest to us. Share with someone you love. View

Celebrating Pentecost with your family can be a spiritually fulfilling and great learning experience. Photo from pixabay.com, CC0.

Ideas for celebrating Pentecost at home

From red candles on a cake, to a shared prayer, there are many ways United Methodists can mark the church's birthday with family devotionals. Read More

Charles Wesley’s “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is sung in church of many denominations on Easter Sunday. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

United Methodists sing, “Raise your joys and triumphs high!” as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The final word is life, eternal life with God. Read More

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

Whether you are taking a journey or starting out on a new path in life, consider "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. View

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Get a free e-newsletter with examples of Christian living, inspirational messages, and a focus on what it means to be part of our connection. Sign Up Now

Sung or read, the hymns of Charles Wesley draw us closer to God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Lost in love: A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

The hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is Charles Wesley’s prayer for God to fill us with love more and more each day. Read More

Jesus confronts the Roman centurion Severus in this scene from The Young Messiah. © 2016 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Delve deeper into Holy Week with Jesus films

“When Scripture becomes script, the camera adds an almost subliminal depth to God’s story,” writes a pastor whose book describes the impact Jesus films can have on viewers. Read More

United Methodist Now: Inspiration for Daily Living

United Methodist Now: Inspiration for Daily Living

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

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"Archaeological and historical work cause us to stop and reflect on Scripture in a different way," says Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Read More

Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church has been called one of the sites all United Methodists should see because it has been a Methodist house of worship continually since 1769. Video image by Jess Warnock, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Where was the first Methodist annual conference in America?

The first annual conference in America was held in 1773 at a church that is still in existence today. Read More

Gospel music artist Guy Penrod portrays a circuit rider. Photo courtesy of Gaither Music.

Hardships, faith of Methodist circuit riders inspire new music

A new video project uses excerpts of letters and journals from the circuit riders who first brought Methodism to rural America. Read More

Comic books feature the adventures of Methodism's founding fathers, John Wesley and Francis Asbury. The books were published by Ron Kerr Associates, 1976. Image from video by United Methodist Communications.

Comic Books Animate United Methodist History

John Wesley and Francis Asbury join the ranks of action heroes like Batman and The Hulk in comic books designed to educate and entertain. View

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Cokesbury launches Christmas campaign to help refugee crisis

Cokesbury will donate $3 from the sale of this "important Christmas book" to assist UMCOR's refugee resettlement programs. Read More

In his hymns, Charles Wesley highlights many of the aspects of Jesus’ birth. Infographic by Trevor Scruggs, United Methodist Communications.

Christmas in the Hymns of Charles Wesley Infographic

This beautiful infographic highlights some of the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. View

An Advent wreath with four lit candles represents the fourth week of Advent.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communciations

A Prayer for the Advent Season

"Let something wonderful begin in us." Video reflection offers inspiration and words to share during this Advent season. View

Elysia, 2, hugs a state flag during a visit to Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Fairfax County, Va. More than 1,500 soldiers were killed or wounded during this Civil War battle on Sept. 1, 1862. Photo courtesy of Seth Cooper.

20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day. Learn ways individuals and congregations can engage in ministry with U.S. military, vets and their families. Read More

One in three women experience domestic violence. The United Methodist Church is raising awareness. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Domestic violence: We want our churches to be talking about it

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about how people of faith can understand the problem and interrupt the violence. Read More

United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations and versions of the Bible as being helpful for study, teaching, memorization and other purposes. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Does the church have an official Bible?

Find out which versions of the Bible United Methodists use, and why. Read More

Choirs perform Christmas hymns at Barratt's Chapel's annual Christmas Carols concert in 2016.Image from video by Kisker Productions for United Methodist Communications.

Christmas Carols at United Methodist Landmark

Step back in time and enjoy traditional hymns at Barratt's Chapel. “Worshipers were singing those same carols here, same notes, same words, 200 years ago, and that’s special.” View

Intercessory prayer brings people of all ages together. Photo courtesy of Bob Dickson and his daughter Rachel, Madison (Georgia) First United Methodist Church.

“All is prayer”: How words and actions serve God and others

United Methodist ministries prove that intercessory prayer makes a difference for others and in our own spiritual journeys. Read More

Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More

Episcopalians and United Methodists share Communion at the U.S. National Cathedral. Photo Melissa Lauber, courtesy the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

United Methodist sacraments, rites and rituals

Some churches recognize 7 sacraments; United Methodists only 2. This series of articles explores each of these important acts in the life of a Christian. More

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40 Days of Lent: Find your own spiritual path

There is no one, right way to observe a holy Lent. These ideas and resources will help you stay on track throughout the season. Read More

Sheri Tyler Kimble shares a hug with Sean Siple during the giving of peace. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Becoming a Peacemaker: A Reflection

In a world that can seem to be full of violence, this meditation offers a prayer and a call for United Methodists to be peacemakers. View

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

Prayers of comfort and peace for the people of Paris

Terrorist attacks have taken many lives and our world can seem to be full of unthinkable violence. Find ideas for a faithful response after tragedy. More

A dreamcatcher is said to protect one from nightmares allowing only the good dreams to pass through the filter. Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people and later became a symbol with Native Americans. Photo by Kathleen Barry.

Ways to mark Native American Heritage Month

Each November since 1990, the U.S. has celebrated the contributions of Native Americans. See reflections to keep in mind this month. More

A cross and stained glass window are part of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.  Photo by Joe Center.

Prayer for All Saints Day

“We thank you, God, for hardworking saints.” Discipleship Ministries offers a reflection perfect to use as we mark All Saints Day. More

Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. File photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

What is Advent?

Get information and resources to use in the season when we prepare our hearts for Christ's coming. More

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5 Ways of Diversifying the Table

How can we model our invitations to the table – both literally and metaphorically – in ways that honor Jesus’ model and hopes for the world? Read More

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

Resources for responding to violence

News in the U.S. seems full of tragedies like recent shooting deaths. What can people of faith do when the unthinkable happens? More

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Sexual misconduct at church: What every member should know

More and more women are speaking up against sexual harassment. Here are resources the church offers to address this issue. Read More

Lent and Easter quiz graphic. Photoshop illustration by Cindy Caldwell. Photo of Lenten cross and thorns by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Sunset with cross at Belen Memorial United Methodist Church by Austin Bond Photography.

Lent Quiz: Take the challenge!

Another Lent has begun. How was the imposition of ashes different in the early church? That's our question for today. Come back daily to learn more. More

Students work on computers in the library at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. File photo courtesy of Philander Smith College.

What churches can do when students are home on break

December 4, 2014

When college students return home on break, some struggle to reconnect. These ideas will help United Methodist congregations make the most of that time. Read More

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Sad at Christmas? Advice for coping with holiday blues

'Tis the season we feel pressure to be jolly, but what if we’re not? United Methodist pastors and counselors offer ways to deal with being down. Read More