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The People of The United Methodist Church


'Make a joyful noise.'

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The faith we sing

United Methodist hymn no. 334, "Sweet, Sweet Spirit," was inspired when Doris Akers, legendary gospel music songwriter and choir director, insisted her choir spend more time praying. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair at Glendale United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

United Methodist hymn's 'sweet, sweet Spirit'-filled origins


Family conversations

Dear God, fill us with grateful hearts that want to celebrate! Amen! Canva photo illustration by Crystal Caviness.

Get Them Talking: Celebrate


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Leaving no one at the margins with Gregory Boyle


Celebrating our United Methodist connection

In this video, United Methodists across the world talk about why they choose to be members of The United Methodist Church.

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Find responses to frequently asked queries or Ask The UMC your question.

Clergy members gather in prayer during a vigil at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., to grieve and remember people lost to acts of racism. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
Your Impact

YOUR gift offers peace

Our Social Principles call us to love our enemies, seek justice, and serve as reconcilers of conflict.

Through our gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday we are able to strengthen God’s family with ministries that challenge structures of inequality and empower people and communities through systemic change.

Fifty percent of this offering stays within the Annual Conference to support Peace with Justice Coordinators to develop local social justice ministries. The remaining 50 percent provides for education and ministry for advocacy and action efforts.

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Inspiration for Daily Living

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


Featured stories

Worship at home

The Murdock family, members at Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, have stayed connected to their church through online worship services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Where to worship online


Year in Review

This State of the Church Report, produced by the Connectional Table and United Methodist Communications, tells the story of how our church has dealt with the unique challenges and uncertainties throughout 2020 while still carrying out its mission.

2020 State of the Church Report


Stay Well

Joyce Holland receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Tia Moore, nurse practitioner, at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Coronavirus inspiration, information & resources


Dismantling racism

The United Methodist Women's Racial Justice Charter has advocated for racial equality for more than 40 years. Pictured (l-r): Dionne P. Boissier, Sung-ok Lee, Emily Jones, at a 2018 event. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Women

Racial Justice: Information and Resources



A conversation with the Rev. Sharon Austin about The UMC’s Social Principles: Why they matter, and how they acknowledge our connection to God, one another, and the created world.

Life together: The UM Social Principles



Pentecost mosaic Image by Holger Schué from Pixabay 1500

What is Pentecost?



Practicing embodiment helps us become more aware, remain present, feel whole, love ourselves better, and get to know our Creator better. Canva photo provided by Whitney Simpson.

Connecting with your body: A spiritual practice


How we serve

Church volunteers have played a vital role in helping with the coordination of COVID-19 vaccinations. WellShare International, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, has been helping to reduce health disparities by reaching underserved communities. Photo courtesy of WellShare International.

Volunteers help make vaccinations happen



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

'Why I give': United Methodists speak out


Pacific Islanders spread love through music

Enjoy music from United Methodists with family roots in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji as we recognize Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. 



Faith stories

Kellie D. Brown is the author of “The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II.” She discusses the book while seated in front of a stained-glass depiction of Jesus at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., where she is a member. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

An academic journey turns spiritual


in the news

A man runs past the burning funeral pyres of people who died from COVID-19, during a mass cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India. The escalating crisis in India will be addressed by The United Methodist Church through grants to entities there who have been partners in the past. Photo by Adnan Abidi, Reuters.

Grants go to fight COVID-19 in India



Neighborhood residents wait to receive food during a distribution at First United Methodist Church in Flushing, N.Y. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Ethnic churches collaborate to feed New York neighbors