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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.

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

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

Vickie Folsom is known for her cooking.

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

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Education

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

Hymnals in pews at West End United Methodist Church. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Music and The United Methodist Church

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

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.

Immigration

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

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

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

Responding to Violence

We pray for all those affected by tragedies around the world. Learn about church resources for responding to violence. 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.

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

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 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

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