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The Rev. Noé Gonzales (left) offers Holy Communion to Kaylee Naomi Avita Guerrero. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One

“Take communion as often as you can. It is food for the journey.” Watch and download a meditation about the sacrament, and reflect on how it nourishes your own faith. View

United Methodists can learn to follow Jesus by practicing the Examen. Photo by Nathalie from France (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

Praying the Examen: Following Jesus in our daily lives

The busyness of life can make it difficult to know where God is leading. An ancient practice of reflection can help us see God’s direction every day. 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

Stylized small group around table. Illustration by Cindy Caldwell.

Overview of Wesleyan Small Groups

Knowing our faith and living it are two separate disciplines. In the first of a series of articles, learn why being part of a Wesleyan small group aids spiritual growth. Read 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

Overcoming borders and barriers

In the final story of the series, discover how Wesley's Class Meeting is bringing people together despite cultural and other differences. Read More

Pausing to listen in prayer allows time for God to speak to our hearts. Photo courtesy Council of Bishops.

‘Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.’ Hearing from God

In our prayer lives, we are often more comfortable talking than waiting for God to speak. Two United Methodists offer tips to help us listen. Read More

The UMC group page on Facebook offers inspirational and informational content. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Can Twitter and Facebook feed your spirit? Maybe.

If your social media feed sometimes leaves you feeling stressed, hurt, or confused, don’t despair. There are bright spots online that offer the Light. More

Image shows hands folded on pages of a Bible. Creative Commons, courtesy of Unsplash.

True discipleship is intentional: Ideas to grow your faith

Experiment. Do things that bring you joy. Commit to growing closer to God. Faithful United Methodists share their tips for being better disciples. Read More

The Rev. Adam Weber is lead pastor of Embrace United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Adam Weber.

Talking with God through Prayer with Adam Weber

Do you struggle with prayer? Ever wonder if you’re doing it ‘right’? Get tips and thoughts for improving your prayer life from a United Methodist pastor and author. Listen

The Rev. Felicia Hopkins is lead pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Broadcast Inspires Baptisms

Pastor in Texas makes an altar call and gets a surprising result. ‘Something said to me, announce on live TV that you have baptism.’ View

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

Child prays at Silver Spring United Methodist Church in Maryland.  Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Children on Prayer

“I might need more paper because I pray for a lot of people.” Hear how little ones approach God and what we can learn from them. View

Children bathe in water from an open pipe following Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Flowing Water: The Christian Connection

'We have reminders of baptism everywhere.' Watch and download a meditation on how water connects us with our brothers and sisters around the world. View

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 young man participates in Stations of the Cross at Brentwood United Methodist Church near Nashville, Tennessee.

United Methodists Speak: On Lenten Sacrifice

Video could give you new ways to look at Lenten sacrifices. “What is it doing in your life? What space is it creating to be closer to God?” View