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Seeking Proof: This Doubter’s Guide to Understanding Easter

"If you wish me to live according to a book written centuries ago, the bar to hurdle my raised eyebrow is set rather high." Read More

Geoffrey Booker, 6, prays before mealtime at his home in Brentwood, TN. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Remembering Holy Week: Celebrating Easter at Home

Here are several ideas to help families journey toward Easter together and then to make Easter a season long, rather than one-day, celebration. Read More

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Carrying others’ burdens

In Mary McLeod Bethune and Simon the Cyrenean we see the oppressed helping the oppressed. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Lent and Easter

Many hymns of Charles Wesley focus on Lent and Easter themes. These devotions use some of this early Methodist's work to help us reflect on the season. Read More

Photo of cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist by Austin Bond Photography. See more at www.facebook.com/AustinBondPhotography. Please email Austin at austinebond@yahoo.com to use photo, and send him a link or copy of the final project that features his credited photo. (arranged by Kathryn Price)

The Cross: What do YOU see?

“God took that awful thing and redeemed it.” United Methodists reflect on the origin and meaning of Christianity's strongest symbol. View

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 United Methodist pastor whose book describes the impact Jesus films can have on... Read More

United Methodist bishop part of “Finding Jesus” series on CNN

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

Rays of sun breaking through the clouds over water, image by Elms on the photo sharing site Morguefile.

An Easter Prayer for United Methodists

A meditation helps prepare our hearts for those first signs of the resurrection life of Easter. View

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky gives ashes to a visitor to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site as part of an act of repentance. File photo by Ginny Underwood.

10 ideas for a more meaningful Ash Wednesday

With a little creativity, you can find ways to observe this holy day that begins Lent in the midst of your ordinary weekday routines. Read More

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

Before I die, I want to _____: A Lenten reflection

Throughout these 40 days, how will you restore perspective and remember the gifts you've received from Jesus that make life full and meaningful? Read More

“The Road to Emmaus,” an 1877  painting by Robert Zund.  The Gospel of Luke account remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to spiritual retreats. Public Domain

Walking with Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus?

Luke’s account of the risen Christ’s journey remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to United Methodist-supported retreats. Here is why it resonates. 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

Woman holds candle. Photo by Courtney Carmody, courtesy of Flickr.

Re-energize your prayer life with a new practice

There is no one-size-fits-all for a great prayer life. And practice does make a difference. Read More

An Illinois pastor suggests a Lenten activity of writing prayerful notes to 40 different people. Photo in Public Domain.

Lenten activity: 40 notes in 40 days

Inspired by Rethink Church, an Illinois pastor gives 40 suggestions of people to whom you can write prayerful notes. Read More

Words are listed as part of the RETHINKCHURCH.org photo challenge to ask how you perceive Lent. Image courtesy of Rethink Church, United Methodist Communications.

Rethink Church: Lenten Photo A Day Project

How do you see the word mighty or heal? Join the Rethink Church photo challenge and share with the online community how you perceive Lent. More

Woman sits in park. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

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

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New resources for Lent from Imagine No Malaria

Subscribe to sermon starters, worship elements, donation boxes and more to put a focus on helping others this Lenten season. Read More

Healing the Circle Lenten Devotionals graphic, courtesy Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Healing the Circle Lenten Devotionals

Prayers and reflections by Native Americans and about the Native American tradition bring new perspective to the season. Read More

A waterfall at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

‘God, why have you left me?’ What people of faith can do with doubt

Jesus prays a prayer of abandonment from the cross. Many Christians have felt similarly and wondered if that is OK. Read More

A man reads from Lenten study guide, 'Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus' by Mike Slaughter.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

New Lent studies emphasize drawing nearer to God

From the 'I am…' sayings of Jesus to a 'renegade' look at the Gospels to daily meditations, new books are basis for study and reflection in 2015. Read More

The Miracles of Jesus, an online Lenten retreat

Author Wessel Bentley invites you to consider the needs, challenges, hurts, or hopes you share with the people Jesus healed and transformed. More

Jesus meets his mother. Stations of the Cross, St. Henry Catholic Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Lenten resources from Global Ministries

A gathering of dates, devotionals, and other resources centered on the Lenten seasons from Global Ministries. More

‘Into the Wilderness’ Lenten Devotional

Daily meditations and prayers from the Society of St. Andrew that explore the themes of temptations, challenges, and perseverance in faith. More

One Great Hour of Sharing Lenten Devotions

Each devotional shares an aspect of UMCOR’s work to alleviate human suffering in more than 80 countries, including the United States. More

Baptism: God’s Gift to Us All

See a reflection about the sacrament Wesley called “a way in which we felt, knew, and saw God’s grace.” View

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

“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection” is a painting by Alexander Ivanov from 1835. A web-only photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Magdalene: Apostle or harlot?

In the Bible, she is among the first to bear witness to Christ's resurrection. But she still has a reputation as the Gospels' bad girl. Read More