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Get Your Spirit in Shape

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

 
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

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, a new video is a tribute to how The United Methodist Church has helped shaped history. 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

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

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

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

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

Vestidos de Novias reciclados para sepultura de infantes

El dolor de una madre inspiró un ministerio de costura en su iglesia que transforman los vestidos de novia en ropa para el entierro de bebés. 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

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec.

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

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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

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