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Enduring Faith

A tire swing sways in the wind from Hurricane Rita over the remains of a beachfront home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Ocean Springs, Miss. Rita made landfall in East Texas Sept. 24, 2005, nearly four weeks after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

How do we understand suffering from disaster?

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Confessing Our Sin

Before receiving communion, we are invited to confess and turn from a state of sin as part of the liturgy. It is only through acknowledging our sin that a process of restoration can begin. Communion elements photo by hudsoncrafted, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Why do we confess our SIN, not SINS, in communion?

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Mission and Ministry

Connectional giving of The United Methodist Church funds ministries of the global denomination like disaster relief and education. Illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Does The UMC fund...?

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Sacraments

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Christian Year

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