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Sharing an adventure to a farm can be a great way for a dad to enjoy time with his children. Photo courtesy Molly Wantland, simplymphotography.com.

Everyday ways dads can say “I love you”

Parents can struggle to find ways to express love. Get some ideas to help, and learn how the father of the founders of Methodism let his children know he cared. Read More

John Wesley, a founder of The United Methodist Church, had a special Holy Spirit moment. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Holy Spirit moments: Learning from Wesley at Aldersgate

On Pentecost, Charles Wesley felt a ‘strange palpitation’ of heart. John’s was ‘strangely warmed’ three days later. We too can prepare to hear God speak. Read More

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

What does it mean to be evangelical?

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Just don’t call them fundamentalists. Here is why. Read More

Methodists Ann and Anna Jarvis are credited with creating Mother's Day in the U.S. Courtesy: Historic St. George's UMC.

Mothers of U.S. Mother’s Day were West Virginia Methodists

Ann Jarvis had the idea and her daughter Anna led a campaign in the early 1900s to have Mother's Day recognized as a national holiday. Read More

The Rev. Andrea Beyer (left) and the Rev. Cathryn Love stand near a church sign in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Image courtesy of Great Plains Conference/creative commons.

Do you know why we are called United Methodists?

The United Methodist Church was born in April. Learn more about how our denomination got its name and why it matters how you say it. Read More

Image portray Susanna Wesley, mother of the founders of Methodism. Courtesy of General Commission on Archives and History.

Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism

John and Charles Wesley's mom was a strong woman of faith. “The differences she made have lived on because of the sons that she raised.” View

Charles Wesley’s “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is sung in church of many denominations on Easter Sunday. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

United Methodists sing, “Raise your joys and triumphs high!” as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The final word is life, eternal life with God. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Lent and Easter

Many hymns of Charles Wesley focus on Lent and Easter themes. These devotions use some of this early Methodist's work to help us reflect on the season. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas

Charles Wesley, one of Methodism's founders, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Four devotions drawing on his hymns help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas. Read More

Sung or read, the hymns of Charles Wesley draw us closer to God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Lost in love: A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

The hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is Charles Wesley’s prayer for God to fill us with love more and more each day. Read More

Charles Wesley shares our theology in song, helping us study the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Forgiveness for me? A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

Charles Wesley’s “And Can It Be that I Should Gain?” teaches that Jesus' death and resurrection are expressions of God's amazing love for us. Read More

This 1869 oil painting by German artist Christian Carl August Noack depicts the Colloquy of Marburg, where Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli hotly debated how Christ is present in the Eucharist. The fight ultimately led to the first split among Protestant reformers. Public domain image from the Gymnasium Philippinum, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Reformation lessons for United Methodists

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is this year. In their fight over Holy Communion, early reformers offer a lesson in how not to handle disagreement. Read More

United Methodists sing of God’s grace during Lent. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“The invitation is to all:” A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

Charles Wesley’s “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” invites everyone to new life in Christ, to communion, and to welcome others. Read More

Pilgrims visit the tomb of John Wesley and learn a valuable lesson for ministry from his epitaph. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What we can learn from the words on John Wesley’s tomb

The Methodist movement's founder was remembered as a great evangelist and his epitaph has lessons for every Christian. Wesley died March 2, 1791. Read More

Artist's drawing shows sinners seeking repentance at an early Methodist camp meeting. Image in the public domain.

Methodist History: The Mourner’s Bench

Historians say a piece of plain, rustic furniture in early Methodist churches was actually a sacred place of transformation. View

Ushers prepare for the offertory during a Sunday morning service at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: Church of Presidents

A United Methodist landmark in Washington, D.C. was built with donations from leaders like Lincoln along with church members across the U.S. View

A student works in the vault at the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History, based at Drew University in New Jersey. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Archives & History: Connecting Church Past, Present, Future

Agency preserves the past to inform the future of The United Methodist Church. Take a tour and see the treasures that tell the denomination's story. View

Several U.S. presidents had ties to   what is now The United Methodist Church.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry.

Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties

Leaders from Lincoln to FDR to Obama turned to Wesley's followers for spiritual and social aid. Read More

H. P. Parker's painting of Wesley's rescue was a way of supporting a dissenting faction of the church. Image courtesy WikiGallery.org.

Shaped by tragedy and grace: Wesley’s rescue from fire

On Feb. 9, 1709, 5-year-old John Wesley was miraculously “plucked from the burning,” an event that would change the Methodist leader's whole life. Read More

Stained glass window features Shelly Gale, an early deaconess at Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman.

Methodist History: Mother African Zoar’s Legacy

Pennsylvania congregation has cared for its community for 220 years, and passed on their spirit. 'We birthed five other churches.” View

Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church has been called one of the sites all United Methodists should see because it has been a Methodist house of worship continually since 1769. Video image by Jess Warnock, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Where was the first Methodist annual conference in America?

The first annual conference in America was held in 1773 at a church that is still in existence today. Read More

Gospel music artist Guy Penrod portrays a circuit rider. Photo courtesy of Gaither Music.

Hardships, faith of Methodist circuit riders inspire new music

A new video project uses excerpts of letters and journals from the circuit riders who first brought Methodism to rural America. Read More

Statue of John Wesley by Paul Raphael Montford, in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Adam Carr, Wikimedia Commons.

Explore faith with United Methodist online quizzes

Learn more about the liturgical seasons, church history and founders, and more, by taking an interactive online quiz. And find a PDF to share! Read More

The Holy Women at the Sepulchre by Peter Paul Rubens currently hangs in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Women’s edition of Bible offers new light

An eighty-member, all-female team, including United Methodists, provided editing, commentary on new edition that emphasizes women and social issues in Scripture. Read More

Westminster's Methodist Central Hall hosts historic events that celebrate the life and ministry of John Wesley, founder of The United Methodist Church. Photos by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Serving the world from the heart of London: Methodist Central Hall

In January 1946, the first United Nations General Assembly met in a building constructed to celebrate the life and ministry of John Wesley. Read More

Physical and spiritual health are both important in the life of a person of faith. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Getting in shape: Wesley’s health tips apply today… mostly

In modern times, we have gear to help us stay in shape. Methodism's founder John Wesley had his own unique options at his home. Read More

Comic books feature the adventures of Methodism's founding fathers, John Wesley and Francis Asbury. The books were published by Ron Kerr Associates, 1976. Image from video by United Methodist Communications.

Comic Books Animate United Methodist History

John Wesley and Francis Asbury join the ranks of action heroes like Batman and The Hulk in comic books designed to educate and entertain. View

A Christmas song teaches that peace comes when we live for Jesus. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“Peace upon earth be restored!” A Christmas hymn devotion

A lesser-known Charles Wesley song teaches us the peace we desire in a world of division is experienced only when we allow Christmas to happen within us. Read More

John Wesley argued throughout his life against a complete separation from the Church of England. This statue of him stands outside his house in London. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

What John Wesley teaches about church unity

Wesleyan scholars say that when it comes to Methodism’s founder, the subject of unity gets complicated. Read More

A close-up from a depiction of John Wesley preaching at City Road Chapel in London hangs inside The Old Rectory in Epworth. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

What counts as Wesleyan orthodoxy?

Christians long have debated the essentials of their faith, and that was no different in John Wesley’s day. Read More

Caring for the spiritual well-being of her family was very important to Susanna Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Courage and conviction: A woman’s leadership through a difficult time

When Susanna Wesley found the spiritual depth of her church lacking, she led her own devotions. When people objected, she stood firm. Read More

Suffragettes march with flags in Washington, D.C., in an archival image dated 1910 to 1920. Six Methodist women advocated for women’s voting rights as part of their Christian calling. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

6 Methodist women who fought for the vote

Expanding the franchise to all adult citizens took great risk and great faith. Fortunately, these Wesleyans were on the case. Read More

The United Methodist Building stands today as a

A Beacon on Capitol Hill: The United Methodist Building

The United Methodist Building stands today as a "witness to God's concern" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., says the Rev. Clayton Childers. Read More

“The World is My Parish” is inscribed at the base of a statue of John Wesley located in the courtyard outside Wesley's Chapel and John Wesley's house at 49 City Road in London. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The method of United Methodism: Disciple making yesterday and today

This 3-part series explores The United Methodist Church’s historic process for making disciples of Jesus Christ, which continues today. Read More

The window at Lincoln College in Oxford features a depiction of the story of Jonah (2nd from the right) that influenced John Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Discovering God’s will: John Wesley’s difficult decision

John Wesley set sail for America on October 21, 1735, after a discernment process that included a Bible story and a stained glass window. Read More

Welch's Grape Juice was created by a Methodist as a substitute for communion wine. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Methodist history: Controversy, Communion, & Welch’s Grape Juice

What became a popular grocery item started as a response to concerns at church about alcohol. Read about Dr. Thomas Welch and his recipe's roots. Read More

The Rev. Jason Radmacher, pastor of John Street United Methodist Church, stands at the front of the church, located at 44 John Street in New York City. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Still present: Methodism in New York

A snapshot of the denomination’s impact on the city through the lens of its oldest congregation. Read More

An image of the Wesleys'

Why the Wesleys, and others, came to be called Methodists

Early members of the movement had nicknames like Holy Club, Bible Moths, Sacramentarians, and Enthusiasts. Learn why one name stuck. More

A statue of John Wesley greets visitors to The New Room in Bristol, England. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

The method of Methodism expands: Societies and the New Room

Series continues a look at what happened after the Wesleys left Oxford. See how the small group model shaped the Methodist movement. Part 2 of 3. Read More

Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in North Georgia Conference, during her consecration on July 15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference

Five new bishops blaze trails for The United Methodist Church

"Those whom God calls, God equips." Series from United Methodist News Service profiles bishops first in each U. S. jurisdiction. More

Children who are part of a Covenant Discipleship group find support that can last a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Melanie Gordon, Discipleship Ministries.

The method of United Methodism today: Covenant Discipleship

Series continues a look at how the small group model continues to shape United Methodism today. Part 3 of 3. Read More

As a fellow at Lincoln College, John Wesley would have had an office similar to this one dedicated to him. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club

Beginning of a series about how disciple-making groups that form church leaders have been part of our Methodist heritage from the very start. Part 1 of 3. Read More

Ocean Grove, NJ once was dotted with 660 tents for Methodist camp meetings as part of the Holiness Movement of the late 19th century. Photo by Tracey James.

Seven sites every United Methodist should see

Know where ‘God's square mile’ is? Learn about some historic and unusual United Methodist destinations across the globe. More

Wesley pilgrims are inspired by visiting historic sites like Francis Asbury's childhood home. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Slideshow: 2016 Wesley Pilgrimage in England

Participants of the 2016 Wesley Pilgrimage in England visited sites of the early Methodist movement. These photographs show what they experienced as they traveled, worshiped, and learned together. Read More

Wesley pilgrims learn a great deal about John Wesley, but the pilgrimage is ultimately about their relationship with Jesus Christ. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley pilgrims visit the past to shape the future

Touring historic sites in England encourages United Methodists to continue the early Methodist ministry of growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ. Read More

Statue of Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury stands on grounds of Drew University in New Jersey. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Methodism’s American Saint: Bishop Francis Asbury

He died March 31, 1816 and Asbury's efforts helped Methodism become the largest Protestant church body in America just 75 years after his death. View

A statue of John Wesley stands outside of Wesley's Chapel in London, one of the many sites visited by the Wesley Pilgrimage in England. Photo by Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The Wesley Pilgrimage: Walking the path of early Methodists

Visiting the birthplace of the Methodist movement inspires United Methodist clergy and laity in their spiritual journeys and their ministries. Read More

A colonial-era circuit-riding evangelist was part a special service on June 26 at Boehm’s Chapel, a United Methodist heritage landmark near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A trio of Mennonite bishops brought a proclamation reversing the 1775 ex-communication of Martin Boehm, a Mennonite who became a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Mennonites reconnect with UMC founder

At Boehm’s Chapel near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonites restore credentials of a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Read More

Actor portrays the Rev. Simon Blessing, an itinerant Methodist minister from the 1700s. Video image by Chris Foster.

Methodist history comes to life at St. George’s

Philadelphia church offers an experience in time travel for curious United Methodists. And history lessons that ring true today. View

Historic record contains the minutes of an early conference of Methodist preachers. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications. #UMCGC

Why United Methodist General Conference? History and highlights

General Conferences are part of our culture as United Methodists. They have shaped us in the past and will lead us into the future. Read More

Timeline shares some of the history and highlights of General Conference. Infographic by United Methodist Communications.

Infographic: United Methodist General Conference History and Highlights

Easy one-page graphic explains the path The United Methodist Church has taken since the first General Conference. More

Scene at John Wesley's deathbed is depicted in historic image. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Methodist leaders Wesley, Asbury died in March

John Wesley died in 1791 and the founding bishop of Methodism in America died 25 years later. Historians salute both this month. More

Archivist Frances Lyons-Bristol assists a visitor to the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Preserving Methodist Life Stories

Archivist helps families bring the stories of Methodist preachers and lay people to life. View

The Rev. Alfred T. Day, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, talks about how the agency helps church members. Day said history can be a source of comfort in changing times. Photo by Fran Walsh, United Methodist Communications

For churchgoers, treasures from the ‘family album’

United Methodist Archives and History offers a treasure trove that helps genealogists, travelers and anyone interested in the long view of the denomination. Read More

The Great Auditorium stands in the center of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh.

Global destinations that matter to United Methodists

Learn about seven sites with a strong connection to the past, present and future of The United Methodist Church. More

Sonora Smart Dodd (second from right) visits with Boy Scouts and a Civil War veteran in Spokane, Wash., in this undated photograph. Dodd played a pivotal role in the creation of a national Father's Day celebration. Photo courtesy the Dodd family.

Father’s Day has Methodist ties

Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father raised six children alone, helped establish the holiday nationally but two churches lay claim to starting the U.S. celebration. Read More

Views show John Street United Methodist Church in New York City in 1768 and in 2013.  Illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Readers’ Choice: More United Methodist landmarks

Take a virtual tour of some favorite Wesleyan wonders of the world. More

Wendy and Jake Jacobs were presented Saturday with a plaque dedicating Amis House, as a historic site of the United Methodist Church. The plaque was presented by Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, left. Photo by Jeff Bobo, courtesy Times News Online.

Bishops return to Amis House 225 years after Asbury’s visit

Amis House in Kingsport, Tenn., is considered the site where Bishop Francis Asbury launched his westward outreach in 1790. The settlement has been deemed an official church historical location. Read More

Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees

One of the most recognizable Communion hymns was formed in the West African Gullah/Geechee slave culture that developed in the coastal areas of South-Eastern colonial America. Read More

Del Shields hosted groundbreaking United Methodist radio talk show, ‘Night Call.’ Photo courtesy of the General Board of Archives and History.

‘Night Call’ spurred conversations on race in 1960s

Groundbreaking United Methodist-produced radio show featured Stokely Carmichael, Shirley Chisholm, Andrew Young and more. Hear original audio. Read More

UMTV: Museum of Methodism

The United Methodist Church's rich history comes to life in a fascinating collection of treasures. View

Francis Asbury's Bible is part of the collection at Historic St. George's UMC in Philadelphia. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh.

Cathedral Church of American Methodism

'I think people, no matter what side of any issue you’re on, love the denomination, love our history. And this is where you can connect to it.' View

1779 John Wesley letter

Scholar takes his turn with John Wesley’s letters

Perkins’ Ted Campbell says editing task offered “tremendous learning curve.” Read More

Supporting Selma and Voting Rights

In early 1965, Selma, Alabama, became the focus of activists’ efforts to register black voters in the South. On March 7, 1965, civil rights workers attempting to march from Selma to the state... More

Freedom Summer changed history, shaped lives

Read reflections written by people who were in Mississippi that summer or elsewhere in the world watching and praying. More

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Re-evaluating John Wesley’s time in Georgia

Scholar argues that Methodism’s founder encountered success as well as failure as a young missionary pastor. Read More

Archive photo of students at Sager Brown, a school and orphanage for African- American children.

UMTV: Historic Black Haven

Former Methodist school became a hub for UMCOR volunteers, continuing a rich history of serving needs and shaping lives. View

Jane Marshall, hymn composer, plays piano. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer

Jane Marshall's first anthem remains a choral favorite on the 60th anniversary of its sheet music publication. Read More

The Rev. Robert J. Williams, backed by a video image of John Wesley, discusses the work of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Williams retires Aug 1, 2014. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

History is connecting factor for Bob Williams

New Jersey pastor, soon to retire from archives agency, hopes United Methodists will look to past when considering the future. Read More

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The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

Sung in U.S. churches near the Fourth of July, Julia Ward Howe’s lyrics were inspired by Civil War troops and captured the spirit of the abolitionist cause. Read More

montage of John Wesley painting and bust by UMCOM with resources from GCAH

Rural Roots of United Methodism

Methodism's connectional system was born when circuit riders rode hundreds of miles to rural communities. Hear stories of those trailblazers through their letters home. View

Southern Methodist women celebrated their 50th anniversary jubilee in 1928, commemorating the founding of the Woman’s Missionary Society in 1878. Original Artwork: Mary Turley Marks, 1928 . Courtesy: Board of Global Ministries

Women in Mission: a Protestant Tradition

A must read for Women's History Month: New World Outlook's story of Methodist women who pioneered all aspects of mission service. Read More

Portrait of Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala taken on the campus of Scarritt Bennett. Bishop Nhanala of Mozambique is the first female United Methodist bishop in Africa. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Women in UMC History

Browse this gallery to learn the stories of courageous, committed women in Methodist history. Visit Site

Timeline of Women in Methodism

Learn about some amazing women who helped shape the history of the church. Read More

Missionary Vivienne Gray served with her husband, Ulysses, in Liberia, 1948 to 1988. Photo courtesy of New World Outlook.

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White

From Wesley’s baptism of two slaves to African-American delegates at General Conference, see 250 years of history. Read More

Scholars say the new book,

Book presents Charles Wesley letters

Happy 306th birthday to John's brother, credited for writing 6,000 hymns. Scholars took 10 years to create collection of his correspondences. Read More

Members of the congregation pray during worship at Jourdain United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women Making History

United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, lay and clergy, to talk about leadership. Read More

Methodist history mixed on abolitionism

Individuals recognized for their efforts for freedom, justice and equality, but the church as a whole failed to join despite John Wesley's philosophy. Read More

Haunted? Even Wesleys heard ‘bumps in the night’

It's that time of year. Read ghost stories from churches, cemeteries and the home of one famous Methodist. Read More

John Wesley often ministered to the sick  during a life blessed by good health. Photo courtesy of  the General Commission on Archives and History.

Marking John Wesley’s birthday in his words

The founder of Methodism wrote annual reflections that give us a glimpse into how he viewed his life, health and ministry. Read More

Did faith drive Titanic musicians?

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck that claimed almost 1,500 lives. Did the Titanic band play till the very end? Read More

Ecologically grown vegetables. Photo by Elina Mark, Wikimedia Commons.

Wesley’s diet, exercise tips promote health

Fatty, artery-clogging treats are out. High fiber, diabetic-friendly foods are in. Fad celebrity diet? No, just following in the footsteps of Methodism founder John Wesley. Read More

Sister Anna Eklund (right) and the Rev. Oscar Pöeld deliver provisions in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1921. A UMNS photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

United Methodists reclaim rich Russian history

Early missionaries paved way for post-Soviet revival. Read More