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John and Charles Wesley are featured in a cartoon video series Wesleys Take the Web.

The Wesleys Take the Web

What if John and Charles Wesley were alive today, and using social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church? Read More

 
Rev. Anthony D. Tapucar imparts a blessing on members of Amazing Grace United Methodist Church

Philippines church name inspired by Amazing Grace

A vibrant worship community in the Philippines finds their foundation in a favorite hymn. View

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

The Reverend Stephen Bauman of Christ Church United Methodist talks about how neighbors came together in New York after 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. Stephen Bauman

Pastor recalls seeing the best in people on that awful day in 2001. “Would that we could rise to our best without such an awful event.” View

portrait of the Rev. Thomas Coke, who along with the Rev. Francis Asbury was one of the first two Bishops in American Methodism

Thomas Coke: A Father of Methodism

Born in September, 1747, his name is on the church's publishing house and first American college. Coke also shaped The United Methodist Church structure of today. View

Bilha Alegria and two of her grandchildren at Lake Junaluska, a United Methodist retreat center.

A Prayer for My Grandchildren

To know your children's children is a great gift from God. Watch and share this short reflection that celebrates the love of a grandparent. View

We asked several people why they choose to be part of the United Methodist Church. Here's how they answered

Why Metodista?

We asked several people why they choose to be part of the United Methodist Church. Here's how they answered "Why Metodista?" View

A child tries on a Spiderman outfit at the Nashville Costumes for Kiddos Project shop. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Recycles Halloween Costumes

A United Methodist church member created the Costumes for Kiddos shop for those in homeless shelters and after-school programs. View

Kylie Greaves holds a puppy. United Methodist Communications file phot0.

God and Dog: A Spiritual Reflection

Sometimes pets can give people great insights into the love of God. A slideshow celebrates the many ways canines can remind us of the divine. View

Actors Josh Childs and Henry Haggard in the studio recording the voices for John and Charles Wesley in the animated series Wesleys Take the Web. Photo by Lilla Marigza, United Methodist Communications.

A Must See: Wesleys Take the Web

Meet the creative team behind the animated series about United Methodist history which brings John and Charles Wesley into the digital age. View

Students laugh in a classroom in East Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

A United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom

When students go back to school, so do teachers, administrators, and other staff. Take time to offer this quick prayer for those beginning another school session. View

Get your spirit in shape with UMC.org podcasts! Artwork courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast

United Methodist podcast offers tools, tips and thoughts to help us live our faith more fully. Listen to individual episodes or subscribe. More

Agatha Muagura speaks softly to a chicken as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

A United Methodist Prayer for Animals

God has granted us stewardship of creation. This prayer celebrates our delicate coexistence with the animals of the earth. View

Hymn writer Fanny Crosby, circa 1915. Image in the public domain.

Fanny Crosby: Legendary Methodist Hymn Writer

Despite being blind, she penned "Blessed Assurance" and "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross" and wrote more hymns than Charles Wesley. View

Rev Juan Garay speaks about family, community, and faith at Urban Poiema Church.

Life in Community

Rev Juan Garay speaks about family, community, and faith at Urban Poiema Church. View

Man holds an 1813 Methodist Hymnal that circuit riders would have carried for sale. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

What Books Circuit Riders Carried

Early Methodist circuit riders were more than preachers, the books in their saddlebags carried the religious and social dialogue from the cities to rural America. View

John and Charles Wesley are featured in a cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web. Produced by United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: A mobile-friendly history of the UMC

What if John and Charles Wesley were alive today, and using social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church? View

Pedro Chadreque Guambe and his daughter Wendy share a moment together.

A United Methodist Prayer for Fathers

A short reflection offers words to honor the sons, brothers, fathers and grandfathers who have shaped our lives. View

Participants network during a bi-monthly session of the jobs ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church. Video image by Kisker Productions for United Methodist Communications.

Church Renews Faith for Job Seekers

Job networking ministry changes lives. ‘People experience grace. They may have been told things that have broken their spirit, but when they come through our doors, they get love!’ View

Graffiti on wall reads,

United Methodist Beliefs: What does it mean to be saved?

Junius Dotson describes the assurance that comes after accepting Christ. “Because I am saved, I have the ability to walk with the presence of the Holy Spirit.” View

Kids serve communion at Grace Kids United Methodist church, a congregation led by children for the neighborhood children.

Church by kids, for kids

Neighborhood children find community and a spiritual home in a congregation where the laity are all kids too. View

Pauline Lindo and the Rev. Brenda Presha deliver Angel Gowns to an Atlanta area hospital.

Recycled Bridal Gowns for Lost Babies

A mother's grief inspired a sewing ministry at her church. Now volunteers turn treasured wedding dresses into burial clothes for babies. View

Photo shows portrait of John Wesley who had a conversion experience at Aldersgate. Image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

How Aldersgate Changed John Wesley

May 24 is Aldersgate Day, a special time for United Methodists. But do you know why? View

Historic photo of Susan Angeline Collins, taken in Los Angeles, California. Collins served as a Methodist missionary in Africa for 31 years. Image courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History.

African American Woman’s Incredible Life as a Methodist Missionary

In the days following the U.S. Civil War, this African American woman went to college, owned her own business and then dedicated her life to opening doors for women. View

Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a “blessing of the backpacks.” 2011 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers begin another school year, take time for prayer too. View

Videographer captures image of tent at Ocean Grove, NJ. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh.

Historic Methodist Camp is ‘God’s Square Mile’

For some, summertime means heading to one of Methodism's best kept secrets, a spiritual oasis at the beach in New Jersey. View

An image of John Wesley is part of the 2018 film celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Image courtesy of GCAH/Discipleship Ministries.

WE STILL BELIEVE: Celebrating 50 Years of The United Methodist Church

Featuring imagery from 1968 to present times, watch a video tribute to how The United Methodist Church has helped shaped history. 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

Historic images portray John and Susanna Wesley. Courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History.

Dear Mother: A Letter From John Wesley

Susanna Wesley's son was far from home yet Methodism's founder made the effort to stay connected to his beloved, and influential, mom. View

Mexican American students participate in the first-ever United Methodist Mexican American Civil Rights Tour in March, 2018. Video image  by Francisco Litardo, for United Methodist Communications.

Mexican-American Teens Take Civil Rights Tour

Visiting sites where social justice protests happened and hearing the stories of Chicano activists give teens a living history lesson. View

John and Charles Wesley take a smartphone selfie in this cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web.

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode III

In this episode, John and Charles Wesley view examples of Methodism's core principle of social holiness via smartphone. View

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode II

In this episode, John and Charles test their smartphone on her knowledge of fun facts about The United Methodist Church. View

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode I

In a fun new animation, John and Charles Wesley "take it to the streets" in a plan to spread United Methodism via social media. View

Voices of the Methodist Central Jurisdiction

The Central Jurisdiction was a racially segregated body of the Methodist Church from 1939-1968. In this audio slideshow, former members of the jurisdiction discuss its history. View

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earn a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She is one of 48 women who received a micro-loan to start her own business from the United Methodist Women’s Côte d’Ivoire Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

'In your glory, we offer all the work of our hearts and hands and minds.' Video reflection offers a blessing for all those who labor or are seeking work. View

Photo shows the green roof on the top of the United Methodist Building in DC on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Board of Church and Society, Tricia Bruckbauer.

Green Roof Reflects United Methodist Care for Earth

United Methodists are setting an example of Earth Day every day by going green high above Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. View

Vegetables from the farmer’s market are saved from the trash by members of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. The church has a chef who turns surplus food into healthy meals for the hungry.

Church Reduces Food Waste at Campus Kitchen

Church members keep carloads of fresh meat and vegetables out of the landfill and turn them into healthy meals for the hungry and homeless. View

United Methodists invented a PET project to help those unable to walk find freedom and jobs. “It’s what Christ would do if he were here.”

Wheelchairs That Work Anywhere

United Methodists invented a PET project to help those unable to walk find freedom and jobs. “It’s what Christ would do if he were here.” View

Church leaders attend the Safe Church Summit at Cathedral of the Rockies. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Keeping Churches Safe and Welcoming

What is your church's policy on guns in church? How do you keep children safe? A safe church summit started an important dialogue. View

Portrait of circuit rider Freeborn Garrettson. Courtesy of History of Methodism.

Freeborn Garrettson: Methodism’s Paul Revere

Paul Revere is famous for his ride on April 18, 1775. Learn how a Methodist circuit rider rode 1200 miles to gather the preachers in America to form the church. View

The sign at Pennington United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., proclaims a message of hope. File photo by Raymond Landry.

The United Methodist Church: More than a name

Learn how our church's name was chosen. “If you leave the name ‘United’ off you’re leaving off both a significant piece and powerful part of who we are.” Read More

The Rev. James Lawson (left) joins Martin Luther King and Ralph Jackson at a March 1968 press conference. Photo used with permission from the SCLC of California.

James Lawson: Reflections on Life, Nonviolence, Civil Rights, MLK

The United Methodist pastor's parents told him “there’s a better way” than violence to resolve conflict. Those words would shape James Lawson’s life, leadership and ministry. View

Chef Lucy Chelton demonstrates recipes with Girl Scout cookies. Chelton also cooks for her church in Lansdale, PA. Photo courtesy of Lucy Chelton.

Young Food Network Star Cooks for Church

Chef Lucy Chelton was a winner on “Chopped Junior” and gladly shares her gifts in the kitchen. “It makes me feel like I’m showing God’s love." View

The stained glass window in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection tells the stories of the Bible and Methodist Church history.

Stained Glass Brings Bible to Life

The giant window at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection features over 100 figures, and tells the story of Scripture from beginning to end. View

Clay figure of Freeborn Garrettson made by Greg Killmaster for the 1984 feature film,

The Making of “Clayride,” a Methodist Classic

The claymation clip about the history of the church has many fans. But do you know how it was created? Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the artists. View

Members of the Steel Pan Ministry at Westchester United Methodist Church in New York perform during a worship service. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church drum ministry shares musical gifts

“The reason I come to this church is to pray, celebrate God, and play the drums.” Visit a congregation that is growing to the beat of a steel drum band. View

Image from film shows the marquee outside the Dallas Convention Center during the 1968 Uniting Conference.

Methodist History: The Uniting Conference of 1968

Footage captures part of the event that merged the Methodist and Evangelical Brethren Churches and officially desegregated the newly formed United Methodist Church. View

Methodist circuit rider in stained glass, Methodist Sky Chapel, Chicago, IL. Courtesy Chris Light, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hard Road of a Methodist Circuit Rider

Circuit riders faced difficult and often short lives, but their personal papers suggest that these long haul preachers found great reward in bringing souls to Christ. View

Clay figure of a circuit rider made by Greg Killmaster for the 1984  film,

“Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History”

200 years of Methodist history come to life in a very creative way, using claymation and lighthearted lyrics. View

The Rev. Gil Caldwell walks with MLK at a rally in Boston in 1958. Courtesy: the Rev. Gil Caldwell.

The Rev. Gil Caldwell: Sharing MLK’s Dream

'One can never be at rest when one knew Martin King.' Retired pastor stood with civil rights leader then, and continues fight for justice today. View