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The People of The United Methodist Church


'Give thanks in every situation'

An untraditional day

Thanksgiving 2020 may require we engage in nontraditional activities, due to Covid-19, including virtual gatherings and creative pastimes, such as puzzles and games. Photo by Tabitha Turner by Unsplash.

A pandemic Thanksgiving: Tips for a different kind of holiday


Feeling grateful

A New England fall photo. Photo by Kay Panovec for United Methodist Communications.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer


A time to heal

The holidays approach on the heels of a divisive political season. These simple tips will help you restore peace in your relationships. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels.

A 2020 Post-Election Survival Guide


Ask The UMC: How can I talk about political issues with others who disagree?

In this video, part of a series about The United Methodist Church and politics, Ask The UMC answers the question, "How can I talk about political issues with others who disagree?" Watch more videos on this topic here.

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Young people sing during the Next Generation Forum in Monrovia, Liberia. The April 22 event focused on the future of young people in the church. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.
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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

Standing Against Racism

Join our panel discussion on the Doctrine of Discovery, streaming here beginning November 18, 2020, at 12pm central. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Doctrine of Discovery: Dismantling Racism Panel Discussion


Podcast conversation

Bryce Hillhouse is Development Director at Lydia Patterson Institute. Photo via Bryce Hillhouse.

Education & spiritual formation


Coping with the season's stress

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Mental health and care webinar series


Alleviating stress

A first grade student interacts with her teacher and classmates by computer during the first day of the Sanctuaries of Learning program at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church at Crestmont Park in Houston. The program, started by the Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, offers a safe space, internet access and other resources in area churches, allowing parents to return to work and their children to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Helping our kids through stressful times


Advent reading list

During Advent, discover new books created to remind readers that God is with us. Styling and photography by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Books to welcome Advent


Stay well

Microscopic image of Coronavirus by Getty Images

Coronavirus inspiration, information & resources


More than a polite reply

There are many ways to express thanksgiving. Scripture, prayer and questions will help get your family talking about an attitude of gratitude. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Gratitude


an extraordinary dinner

Gathering around the table to share a meal can be a form of worship, as pictured here in this 2017 photo at Simple Church in Grafton, Mass. Photo courtesy of Simple Church.

'Take, eat': Turning mealtime into holy time



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

'Why I give': United Methodists speak out


Native American food preservation

November is National Native American Heritage Month.

In this video, learn about food preservation methods used by indigenous peoples.

Find this video and others, including a variety of recipes, at   

Our United Methodist Table


disaster relief

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (in red stole) and a team of United Methodists pray over generators for the Bicol Philippines Conference. The generators from United Methodist Communications are being loaned to churches to provide free charging to communities affected by a series of powerful typhoons in the Philippines. Photo by Jerome Mercado.

United Methodists rally to help typhoon survivors


Church preservation

What once was the First United Methodist Church in North Adams, Mass., is now the Berkshire Art Museum. The Rev. Thomas Frank writes about the transition in his new book “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril.” Photo courtesy of the Berkshire Art Museum.

A manifesto for saving old church buildings


U.S. traditions

Wampanoag leader Ousamequin (left) and Plymouth Colony Gov. John Carver are depicted smoking a peace pipe as they worked out a treaty of peace and mutual protection on March 22, 1621. The U.S. Thanksgiving Day tradition has mythologized the relationship between the Wampanoag and the English settlers, but the harsher realities provide vital lessons for United Methodists today. Image from the California State Library’s Sutro Library, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The making of Thanksgiving in the US