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Kids’ Capes of Courage

Sewing ministry shares the superpower of love with those in need. "It is The United Methodist Church wrapping themselves around these children." 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1800's photo portrays Belle Harris Bennett, co-founder of Scarritt-Bennett College in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Notable Methodist Women: Scarritt-Bennett’s Outspoken Founder

In the 1890's this "Southern Belle" broke new ground for women in the Methodist Episcopal Church. View

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert .A UMNS file photo by John C. Goodwin.

Bishop Melvin Talbert: Sharing MLK’s Dream

“I was privileged to be in the same jail cell with him for three days and three nights.” Bishop Melvin Talbert recalls the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. View

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

Secrets of John Wesley’s Death Mask

The founder of Methodism died on March 2, 1791. Hear how a pathologist found clues in the plaster death mask as to Wesley's cause of death and other information. View

Donna Miller of Historic St. George's United Methodist Church in Philadelphia points out images of Ann and Anna Jarvis at the church. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Methodist History: The Founding Mothers of Mother’s Day

Two women created the holiday that falls on the second Sunday in May in the U.S. but do you know how, and why, they did it? View

Blind painter Jeff Hanson has raised over three million dollars for charity. Hanson credits his church with encouraging him.

Blind Artist Beats Odds, Gives Back

Despite significant health challenges, a young United Methodist uses his talent to help others. His work has sold to celebs like Elton John and Billy Joel. View

Archive photo of Georgia Harkness Methodist theologian.

Georgia Harkness: Methodist Trailblazer in Theology

During Women's History Month, we explore the powerful impact of an author and hymn writer whose work inspired MLK and remains relevant. View

Photo shows an 1889 catalog of church plans published by the Board of Church Extension of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Methodist History: Church Plans Catalog

Ever notice similar style churches in different cities? There's a reason. Decades before the Sears catalog, the Methodist Church sold church plans. View

Actor Denzel Washington plays Melvin B. Tolson in the Movie 2007 movie,

Great Debate On Black Colleges

In "The Great Debaters" Denzel Washington portrays the coach of a debate team at a tiny Methodist college in Texas called Wiley...an all-black school during a desperate time. View

Public domain image of  Methodist Revivalist Phoebe Palmer

Methodist History: Revivalist Phoebe Palmer

This Methodist feminist and theologian was a popular preacher and speaker at camp revivals, more than a century before women gained clergy rights. View

Methodist reformer Frances Willard is seen in portrait. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Methodist History: Early Voice for Women’s Rights

Learn more about the 19th century reformer who fought for voting rights and full representation in the Methodist Church. View

Methodist deaconess Kathryn Maurer is seen in a 1935 photograph. Courtesy of California State Library.

Kathryn Maurer: Methodist Angel Welcomed Immigrants

Meet a deaconess whose kindness and dedication to those seeking a new life made headlines in her day. View

The Rev. Gilbert Caldwell poses with his wife Grace, and sons Dale and Paul in front of Bryantville United Methodist Church.

Gilbert Caldwell: Voice for Justice and Human Rights

The retired United Methodist pastor reflects on how his relationship with MLK and involvement in the civil rights movement shaped his life and ministry. 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

A street memorial remembers crime victims. Chaplain Bruce Cook runs a support group for families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.

A United Methodist Prayer: Turning to God in Days of Trouble

When struggling with tragedy in the news or in our personal lives, we turn to God for comfort, peace, hope, and strength. Watch and pray. View

Screen image from Chuck Knows Church: Good Friday, courtesy of Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

Chuck Knows Church: Good Friday

Jesus was crucified on the Friday of Holy Week. Learn how the day came to be known as Good Friday. View

Musicians in the St. James United Methodist Church A-Flat Youth Orchestra in Kansas City rehearse.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Church Youth Orchestra Shapes Teens

Leaders of the A-Flat Orchestra are not just teaching kids to read music. “We have kids to reach, souls to save, and this program is all about that.” View