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United Methodist Topics

In the topic pages below, we have gathered useful news and features, videos, resources and official church statements around social issues of the day, beliefs and church seasons, and particular areas of ministry in which the church is engaged. 

While not comprehensive, these pages provide snapshots of both what The United Methodist Church's view on a particular issue is — whether social, political or theological — as well as stories about how the church is engaged in ministry around that topic.

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

Image of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Topic: Human Sexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read opinions by church leaders and members, find resources and recent news stories. More

The Rev. HiRho Y. Park. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Topic: Women in Leadership

As preachers, leaders, teachers, missionaries, organizers, women have shaped the history of the Methodist Church. Read More

A cross pin reflects Cmdr. Laura Bender’s service to the military. Photo by Jay Malin, UMNS

Topic: Ministry With Those Who Serve

Find stories, resources and videos about how The United Methodist Church supports military families. Read More

Candles flicker. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Topic: Responding to Violence

United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. Find resources, read news coverage and learn how individuals make a positive difference. Read More

In recent months, the numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. border has surged, drawing both concern and criticism. In this file photo, an abandoned sandal lies just across the border from Mexico near Friendship Park in San Diego. Photo by Mike DuBose.

Topic: Immigration

Find resources along with historical context, information, and headlines related to the topic of Immigration. Read More

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Featured Topic: Education

Find prayers, resources, stories and information to support schools and students. More

Zegey Kerry (left) and Oscar Garza (right) sing during worship at the 2012 MARCHA meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Topic: United Methodists seek racial justice

"With respect to race, the aim of The United Methodist Church is nothing less than an inclusive church in an inclusive society." Read More

Topic: Lent and Easter

Find devotionals, activities for families, inspiring stories and information about our faith for the observance of the Lenten and Easter seasons. Read More

The Star of Bethlehem, a watercolor by Edward Burne-Jones, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Topic: Advent and Christmas

Find stories, worship resources, prayers, videos and links about how The United Methodist Church celebrates the season of Christ’s birth. More

Game Changers Summit Dreamers and doers gather to harness the power of communications technology, September 3-5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Technology for Social Good

United Methodists from around the connection are discussing the life-saving power of technology. Learn how you can get involved. More

Laura Gage (center) hugs Joe Royer while helping sort through the wreckage of his home in Joplin, Mo.,following the deadly tornado. At left is Kevin Kaufhardt. A UMNS photo  by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Churches Dealing with Disaster

When disaster hits a community, pastors and congregations need to be prepared. Find news and resources for facing tough times. More

To marry, or not to marry? For John Wesley the key question was, “In which of these states can I be most holy and do the most good?” Photo illustration by Kathryn Price.

Faith and Mental Health

Personal stories, useful links and printable materials to help raise awareness and provide support for those dealing with mental health issues. Read More