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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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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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The Recap | Episode 2

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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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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Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, episcopal leader of the United Methodist South Carolina Conference, speaks during the presentation of $800,029 donated by the conference to the Fairfield Children’s Home in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of the Africa University Public Affairs Office.

Love of children brings $800,000 gift to Zimbabwe


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The Rev. Bryant Phelps speaks as part of a young clergy panel at “Space at the Table: Conversations of Hope for the UMC Future.” The Nov. 16 event was at Dallas’ Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

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