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As part of a series, The Rev. Felicia Hopkins explains how baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. ‘Yes, I am taking a new journey.’ View

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United Methodist Beliefs: Open Table

United Methodists share Communion at an open table. The Rev. Gary Henderson explains, 'the image I have is one of a banquet where everyone is a VIP.' View

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United Methodist Beliefs: Sin

"In Wesleyan tradition, we always rely upon God’s grace as the antidote to sin or to separation from God.” More about how United Methodists view sin. View

Stained glass windows inside the meditation chapel on an upper floor of the Boston University School of Theology reflect various saints and theologians. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

United Methodist Beliefs: Saints

A pastor shares his understanding of the Wesleyan tradition about the subject. "I’ve known saints." View

Image of Jesus on a jigsaw puzzle from painting by artist Greg Olsen. Photo by John, creative commons.

Justifying Grace

The Rev. Gary Henderson says this special form of grace helps us know we are forgiven, we are whole. View

Photo shows hands holding a butterfly. Courtesy of Kit, creative commons.

Prevenient Grace

“Grace is everywhere. We are caught up in the net of God’s care.” The Rev. Gary Henderson shares thoughts about this compelling concept. View

Photo by Thomas Hawk of a painting depicting hell. The work hangs in the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University.


Pastor Adam Hamilton shares his thoughts on the complicated concept of hell. "There must be a place for those who don't want to do God's will." View

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Pastor Adam Hamilton shares thoughts on eternity. "I believe in the afterlife because Jesus talked about it. I believe in Jesus." View

Delegates share a group hug at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Sanctifying Grace

United Methodists learn about three types of grace. The Rev. Gary Henderson shares his description of sanctifying grace in this short clip. View