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United Methodists are committing to reading through the Bible in one year with help from studies, such as "The Bible Year" by Magrey DeVega. Photo by Greg Campbell for United Methodist Communications

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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.

Dr. David Field discusses how respect may be the key to loving those with whom we disagree in an episode of "Get  Your Spirit in Shape."

When respect is greater than conflict

How might Christians follow the difficult command to love others, particularly those with whom we disagree. United Methodist Dr. David Field suggests we start with respect.

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

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YOU impact communities

We have an opportunity to make an impact in communities and support our neighbors that may lack tools or resources to reach their full God-given potential.

Contributions for Human Relations Day, officially recognized on January 16 although your congregation may choose a different date, spark hope, develop skills and reimagine neighborhoods. Please give generously on Human Relations Day. Thank you!

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Blessing box at Belspring United Methodist Church in Belspring, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church

Tips for your church blessing box


Resolve to declutter

Clutter can build up in our church closets and in our lives. A photo illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Spiritual decluttering: A fresh start for a new year



United Methodist Ernestine Shepherd, an 84-year-old world champion body builder who has appeared in a Beyoncé video, found her joy restored while struggling with anxiety and depression. Photo courtesy of Yohnnie Shambourger.

The power of restored joy


How we serve

A truck sits in floodwaters near the Schuylkill River in Bridgeport, Penn, as remnants of Hurricane Ida impacted the Mid-Atlantic region, Sept. 2, 2021. Photo by Ben Von Klemperer

UMCOR year in review 2021


Remembering Dr. King

The Rev. James Lawson speaks about nonviolence at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., the site of a 1961 confrontation between Freedom Riders and an angry mob. 2009 file photo by Kathy L. Gilbert,  United Methodist News Service.

The Rev. James Lawson: Sharing MLK's Dream


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Green is the color for the Season after Epiphany. Readings during this season offer two distinct paths to follow. Photo by Susanne Nilsson, Flickr, Creative Commons.

What is the purpose of the Season after Epiphany?



In this photo from 2019, retired United Methodist pastor John Capen stands by the finish line at the Tata Consultancy Services New York City Marathon. Capen also ran in the 2021 race. Photo courtesy of John Capen.

Life is a marathon: Lessons from a retired pastor


How we serve

Global & US disaster relief


January 18-25

Bishop Swenson introduces leaders of other denominations present for the 2016 General Conference during the Ecumenical Day service. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity?


Easy peanut butter cookies

If you and your loved ones are in the mood for some homemade cookies, check out this quick and easy recipe for peanut butter cookies, straight out of a United Methodist cookbook. You'll find this recipe and others for tasty treats at the button below.

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How we serve

Members of the Glen View Football Academy practice soccer on a makeshift field near Harare, Zimbabwe. They are part of a United Methodist program that reaches out to young addicts and other vulnerable youth to put them on a better path. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

United Methodists help young addicts kick habit


Higher Education

James Salley speaks about his vision for Africa University, the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. Salley was recently named president and chief executive officer of Africa University (Tennessee) Inc. He continues in his role as associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

James Salley on growing tomorrow’s African leaders


Local church

The three churches sharing Immanuel United Methodist Church’s facilities are represented in different languages on the sign in front of the church in Kenosha, Wis. The collaboration is reflected scripturally in the passage from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Photo by the Rev. Peter Daekyu Lee.

Bilingual appointments give new life to declining Korean churches