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Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

Topic: Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More

Lent and Easter quiz graphic. Photoshop illustration by Cindy Caldwell. Photo of Lenten cross and thorns by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Sunset with cross at Belen Memorial United Methodist Church by Austin Bond Photography.

Lent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season

Now that the season of Lent has ended and the joy of Easter is upon us, take the entire Lent & Easter quiz. More

The Visitation by Fra Angelico

Advent Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Season!

There's still time to see what you know about the traditions and symbols of the season. And we invite you to share the quiz with others! More

Elysia, 2, hugs a state flag during a visit to Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Fairfax County, Va. More than 1,500 soldiers were killed or wounded during this Civil War battle on Sept. 1, 1862. Photo courtesy of Seth Cooper.

20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day. Learn ways individuals and congregations can engage in ministry with U.S. military, vets and their families. Read More

Fort Logan National Cemetery during Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Anthony Massey, Wikimedia Commons.

Ideas for observing Memorial Day

Churches in the U.S. find a wide variety of ways to honor fallen veterans. "Remember, that was a person who had ... dreams and desires." Read More

Lent and Easter quiz graphic. Photoshop illustration by Cindy Caldwell. Photo of Lenten cross and thorns by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Sunset with cross at Belen Memorial United Methodist Church by Austin Bond Photography.

Lent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season (2015)

Get a new question daily as we explore traditions and symbols of the season. And share the quiz with others! Read More

United Methodist Chaplain William “Tom” Carter (center), age 26, helps an injured man whose truck hit a mine 30 miles north of Saigon, Vietnam. Carter added the cross to his helmet with a grease pencil.

Chaplain looks back on 50 years of service to church

Chaplain Tom Carter said, “My ministry started with this agency and is coming to a time of wonderful reflection of what I have done in this service.” Read More

Advent Quiz llustration by Cindy Caldwell

Advent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season (2014)

Get a new question daily as we explore traditions and symbols of the season. And share the quiz with others! More

A solider reads 'Strength for Service' devotional book. Photo courtesy United Methodist Men.

‘Strength for Service’ devotional benefits all who serve

‘Patients and staff find the book as uplifting today as it must have been for men and women in WW II and the Korean War.’ Read More

Inclusion of women in combat welcomed

United Methodist women in military service note that what ruling really does is to equalize competition for more than 200,000 jobs. Read More

A military couple hold hands during a From Warrior to Soul Mate retreat. Photo by William Buchanan.

Veterans learn skills to strengthen marriage

One military chaplain cares for the nation's wounded by helping them repair crumbling intimate relationships. Read More

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks Feb. 6, 1968, during a meeting at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington. Web-only photos copyrighted by John C. Goodwin.

King opposed war, not those who served

King 'foot soldier' emphasizes that acts of concern and care for those who defend the nation are 'essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar.' Read More

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS

Honoring veterans is tribute to King’s legacy

When protesting war or Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights leader engaged the policymakers, not those simply following orders. Read More

The Rev. Douglas Waite. Photo courtesy of Douglas Waite

Embrace military families and give thanks

Retired Navy chaplain reflects on 30 years of active service and shares ways for United Methodist churches to reach out. Read More

The Rev. Laura Bender, a United Methodist Navy chaplain and  regimental chaplain for Wounded Warriors, shares a moment of laughter with Lance Cpl. Damaso Soto. A UMNS photos by Jay Mallin.

Sports help warriors on path to healing

Not all war wounds are visible. "One of the greatest wounds is the soul wound," said United Methodist Navy chaplain Laura Bender. Read More

Army Staff Sgt. Joe Murray holds his 3-week-old baby at his Fort Campbell, Ky., battalion headquarters.Photo by Hope Murray

Sunday Supper events reach out to military

Seeking new ways to honor veterans and to embrace military families, United Methodist congregations share special plans for Jan. 20 and beyond. Read More

Paul Davis (left) accepts the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award presented to Crystal Springs church by Jim Rebholz (right), honoring the church's support of U.S. Army Chaplain John Mark Branning (center).Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS

Top award given for chaplain support

Crystal Springs (Miss.) UMC honored with Dept. of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Read More

United Methodist pastors called to serve

As the U.S. celebrates July 4, we remember the many United Methodist pastors who left their pulpits to serve as military chaplains. Read More