Archives: Lent and Easter Learning
New books help prepare readers for Lent
United Methodist publishers, agencies and websites have released new resources to use during Lent in preparation for Easter. Read More
Birds, Bees, Flowers, and Faith
What seem to be simple signs of new life may have deeper meanings for people of faith. Learn some of the legends surrounding spring. Read More
Every day to us is Easter: Experience resurrection all year long
An Easter hymn reminds us renewals happen throughout our lives. In our worship and our work, we are to share the good news of resurrection. More
Beyond fasting: 10 tips for a more meaningful Lent
Study a book of the Bible or read a Wesley sermon. There are lots of ways to be creative and get the most from the season. More
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
Why ashes? Connecting to who we are and who we can be
We see them on Ash Wednesday, but how much do you know about this ancient symbol and its underlying message? Read More
FAQs: Lent & Easter
Why do we observe Lent before Easter? Why do people give up sweets or caffeine for Lent? Find some facts about the season. Read More
40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Find concrete suggestions for practices you can take on for each day of Lent. More
40 Ways to Live Simply for Lent
Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. More
Simplicity: A Lenten Path
Suggestions for following a path of simplicity during your Lenten journey. More
Lent: Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!
"Lent offers an invitation to the practice of stillness where, amid the bustle of our days, we can pause to let God take the measure of our lives." More
Pastors debate value of Lenten sacrifices
It's an age-old question. Which is better: To give something up for Lent or to do something new for Lent? United Methodist experts weigh in. Read More
What does The United Methodist Church say about fasting?
There is a strong biblical base for fasting, and the practice has been a part of Methodism from its early beginnings. Read More
Lent: A Time to Fast and Pray
Faithful Christians are advised to see fasting as a devotion, not an imposition. Read More
Why doesn’t my church have statues and a crucifix like the Catholic Church?
Learn more about the similarities and differences between the Catholic Church. Read More
Where does the term, Good Friday, come from?
Also, called Holy Friday and Black Friday, learn more about the name of the day that commemorates Christ's death. Read More
Why did Jesus have to die?
As every Christian knows, Jesus freely died for our sins. But was there a less brutal way for God and humanity to be reconciled? Read More
Cultural traditions enhance Easter
United Methodists around the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in diverse ways. Read More
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
Did Jesus have a wife?
Papyrus fragment has revived an old debate that likely reflects early Christian disputes about marriage - not the historical Jesus. Read More
Did Jesus descend into hell or to the dead?
The phrase in the Apostles' Creed offers one answer to what Jesus did between Good Friday and Easter. Read More