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United Methodist finds healing in helping others


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Growing in faith, learning to serve: Get Your Spirit in Shape


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Left to Right: Amber Harrison and Celeste Vanhoose (back to camera) de-labeling and crushing plastic bottles for shredding. Photo: Mollie Erickson

Discarding plastics brings new life



Mary McLeod Bethune with the 1928 graduating class of Bethune-Cookman College. Courtesy of Florida State Library and Archives.

Methodist Women's History: Mary McLeod Bethune


tools for your spiritual journey

Heather Ellis displays a thank you note from students at Sawyer (N.D.) Elementary School who received backpacks and school supplies from Vincent United Methodist Church in Minot, N.D. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Develop gratitude to fully experience God


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Bishop Warner H. Brown preaches at the opening worship for the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Ask The UMC: Role of General Conference delegates


Ways We Grow

God gives us friends because we are stronger together. Celebrate your friends as a family. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Friends



Historic photo shows African-American students. Courtesy of General Commission on Archives and History.

United Methodist Black History Quiz


Ham Radio Boosts Philippines' Disaster Preparedness

The Republic of the Philippines is a group of more than 7600 islands over a vast, largely undeveloped area. The country’s location, near the equator, leaves the population at risk for typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

United Methodist communication specialist April Mercado says around the world ham radio is a hobby, but in her home country, the Philippines, amateur radio can be a lifesaving tool in a natural disaster.

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How we serve

Gary Verdino from Florida puts in a new floor at  Community United Methodist Church in Casselberry, Florida.  He is part of a group of retirees known as nomads who travel around in RVs fixing up churches.

RV-traveling retirees fix up churches



Pastor Elizabeth Palmer started Church Under a Tree in 2017, offering prayer outdoors to help individuals who feel uncomfortable inside the four walls of a church building.

All are invited to worship at the Church Under the Tree


Africa University

The Rev. John Wesley Z. Kurewa helps lead Sunday worship during the 25th anniversary celebration for Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in March 2017. Kurewa, the United Methodist institution's founding vice chancellor, died Feb. 15 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was 87. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Africa University founder dies