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Your lenten journey

Not everyone travels the same path. Find yours. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

40 Days of Lent: Find your own spiritual path


General Conference

Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky presides as delegates hone their electronic voting skills during a practice election at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. In response to the Commission on the General Conference’s decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until 2022, the Council of Bishops has called a special session of the General Conference to be convened online on May 8, 2021. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

General Conference postponed until 2022


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Lent Photo-a-Day 2021


Dismantling Racism: Lent devotions by our bishops
"Becoming Sacred Space" by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Conference, continues the Dismantling Racism: Lent devotions by our bishops with our third devotion for Lent 2021. His message, titled, "Becoming Sacred Space" is from John 2:13-22. Download the journal page for this devotion. Learn more about this series.

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Twice each month, our e-newsletter offers examples of Christian living, inspirational messages, and information on what it means to be a United Methodist.


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Family conversations

Dear God, give me a heart to be a helper. Amen. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News; Canva image designed by Crystal Caviness, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Helping others


In memory of John Wesley

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


Stay Well

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Coronavirus inspiration, information & resources


Understanding Lent

Lent is a journey of preparation for following the way of Jesus. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What is Lent and why does it last forty days?


Amazing grace

Woman holds candle. Photo by Courtney Carmody, courtesy of Flickr.

The Wesleyan Means of Grace


Racial Justice

Supporters gather in the courtyard of McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., during a prayer vigil to grieve and remember people lost to acts of racism. They are holding signs with the names of victims of racial violence. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News

Anti-racism: White United Methodists speak out


spiritual growth

A cross stands at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Photo by Joe Center.

Beyond fasting: 10 tips for a more meaningful Lent


Ways we serve

Stephen Saucerman receives a COVID-19 vaccination from volunteer nurse Jackie Smith, RN, at Community United Methodist Church in Vincennes, Ind. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches increase access to COVID-19 vaccines



United Methodists share why they give to their local churches. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News

'Why I give': United Methodists speak out


Get Your Spirit in Shape: Race, racism and The UMC

Two of the authors of "I'm Black. I'm Christian. I'm Methodist" talk about the importance of confronting racism both within the Church and throughout society. They share stories of their experiences as United Methodist pastors and differences they have noticed in the ways we talk about and process racial injustice, while also encouraging us to look deeply at our congregations and communities.


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In memoriam

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson records a segment of the “Soul Reset” study series for the Upper Room at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn., in 2019. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, died Feb. 24, 2021. He was 55. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Discipleship's top executive dies of cancer


How we serve

People seeking shelter from snow and bitter cold are offered Holy Communion in the gymnasium at First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, Ark. The church is operating the warming shelter in cooperation with the local Red Cross. Photo by Cindy English.

Churches serve as warming centers, shelters


How we serve

The Rev. Tom Berlin (left) presents a copy of his book, “Courage,” to Massachusetts National Guard Chaplain Chad McCabe in the chapel at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. McCabe, whose unit was assigned to help provide security at the U.S. Capitol after the January riot, contacted Wesley Seminary asking for Bibles, novels and board games for troops stationed there. Photo by Lisa Helfert for Wesley Theological Seminary. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Church responds to chaplain's call to help soldiers