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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.

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

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

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

Responding to Violence

When we hear news of terrible violence, people of faith are called to pray for an end to these tragedies. Here are resources for responding to violence. More

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

Ministry to Those Who Serve

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

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Reflections on Our Faith

In these short videos, we offer conversation starters about some of the basic questions you might have on topics that range from theology to everyday life. 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.

Global Migration

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

Relevance X Worship 2013. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Young People in The UMC

Ministries with young people, a vital part of The United Methodist Church, are found in local congregations throughout the church. Read More

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

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

The Underwater Investigation Unit of the Baton Rouge Police Department rescues people trapped by the Louisiana floodwaters.

Responding to Disasters

United Methodists support those hurt by storms. Learn how you can donate to relief efforts. More

The Rev. HiRho Y. Park. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Women in Leadership

We honor the women, who as preachers, leaders, teachers, missionaries, and organizers, have shaped the history of the Methodist Church. Read More

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Education

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

A newly formed Committee for Native American Concerns convened in Atlanta. Photo courtesy United Methodist Global Ministries.

Native Peoples and The UMC

Explore resources, stories, information and other content that support ministries by and with Native Peoples across the global United Methodist Church. Read More

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Music and The UMC

Discover the meanings of our sacred hymns, how to use this music in your personal prayer life, and more. Read More

Hands in prayer. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Prayers and Meditations

Enrich your personal prayer life with these prayers and meditations throughout the year. Read More

Worshipers sing during a Wednesday evening gathering at Kindgom Builders Center, Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston in this 2011 file photo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

African-American Contributions

A look at how African-Americans shaped The United Methodist Church - past, present and future. Read More

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.

Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

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

The Rev. David Valera leads a prayer at the climate vigil during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The climate vigil was an effort offer prayers and concern for the ways that climate change is impacting creation. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Care for Creation

United Methodists around the world are finding new ways to "Go Green" and care for the natural resources that are part of God's Creation. Read More

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

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

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