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Is Advent just an early Christmas season?

It seems that the Advent season is being eclipsed by Christmas, a season that doesn’t actually begin until December 25. So, if Advent isn’t just about Christmas, what is it all about? Watch and learn about the history and true meaning of Advent, as well as ways this season can be a time for spiritual growth.


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The UMC's General Commission on Religion and Race's Rev. Enger Muteteke shares how we can build community and a sense of belonging by better understanding the words we use and misuse. Learn more.

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The Rev. Eric Pridmore, lead by Gene, his Seeing Eye dog , brings the worship bulletins to prepare for the morning service at Goodman Memorial United Methodist Church in Cary, Miss. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

God's good creation: Rethinking disabilities


Rethink Church

Autumn: The Reflective Season


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The Rev. Jeff Clinger and Bishop Dee Williamston show off their new cuts. Photo by David Burke.

New bishop gets BeUMC haircut


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An Advent practice of reflection and connection.

Advent Photo-a-Day 2022


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Reading and singing the hymns of Charles Wesley are wonderful ways to come into the presence of Christ. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas


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Detail from the Second Coming of Christ window at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Charleston, S.C. Window created by Franz Mayer & Co. of Munich, Germany, represented by the studios of George L. Payne of Patterson, New Jersey, 1966. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ask The UMC: Is Advent about preparing for baby Jesus?


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The Recap | Episode 3

Gain a better understanding of what is going on in The United Methodist Church, find inspiration in stories of ministry and learn how our denomination is transforming the world.

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Meet our new bishops

For the first time since 2016, new bishops were elected in five U.S. areas or jurisdictions, Central and Southern Europe and the Central Philippines Central Conference. Original photo by Paul Jeffrey; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Episcopal Elections 2022


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A group of Africa University scholarship recipients met to talk to donors and sponsors from the U.S. during the 30th anniversary celebration of Africa University in October. The school provides financial aid or scholarships for two-thirds of the students enrolled at the United Methodist-related university in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News.

Scholarships help students change Africa


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United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda prays for peanuts produced during the last growing season in Kindu, Congo. With an estimated 27 million people facing food insecurity in the country, the East Congo bishop has called for redoubling efforts to combat hunger through agriculture. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Church responds as famine threatens Congo