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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

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

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

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

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

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