John Wesley stained glass. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS

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Samuel Wesley: Father of the Fathers of Methodism


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The United Methodist Church is a family of faith, millions strong all over the world. We asked members from around the globe why they love being United Methodist.

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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.


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Love our neighbor

The mission opportunity of COVID-19 vaccines


ways we grow

Educating ourselves with a variety of viewpoints and seeking to create a space for understanding is key to loving one another. A collection of books written by United Methodist leaders and laypersons seeks to inform the LGBTQ conversation. Photo by Clay Banks by Unsplash

UM books to inform the LGBTQ conversation


United methodist fellowship

Climax United Methodist Church's Yada-Yadas have been meeting more than 15 years for exercise, conversation and prayer. Photo courtesy of South Georgia Conference.

Swimming and sisterhood for UMC exercise group


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


John Wesley trivia

John Wesley is depicted as a young preacher in this sculpture by Adam Carr located in Melbourne, Australia. Public domain photo by Adam Carr/Wikipedia.

10 fascinating facts about John Wesley


What we believe

God’s gift of salvation makes us holy. It is our entry into joining with God. In other words, when we are saved it becomes evident in our actions now. Photo by Joe Center, Memorial Drive UMC, Houston, Texas

Living our salvation


Virtual church

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


GYSIS Podcast

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



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

'Why I give': United Methodists speak out


A United Methodist Prayer for Fathers

To honor loving fathers and father figures who impact our lives, we share this brief prayer. The prayer is an excerpt from a "Litany of Peace for Father's Day" by the Rev. Jane Sommers shared by Discipleship Ministries. 



God's creation

Brood X cicadas are currently a common sight and sound on the grounds of Trinity United Methodist Church, in Germantown, Maryland. The church is in the background. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Bonnie Scott.

Cicadas show up for church, testing clergy



Members of Emmaus United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va., gather for a group photo before the COVID-19 pandemic. A church member who is a registered nurse helped lead a vaccination effort that immunized 100% of the congregation. Photo courtesy of Emmaus United Methodist Church.

Nurse leads Korean church’s vaccine ministry


Prayer changes things

The Rev. Jacqui King (second from right) clasps hands and prays with people at the Discipleship Ministries booth during the 2019 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of King.

Connecting with people through prayer