Members of Lake Palestine United Methodist Church worship outdoors from a safe physical distance.

The People of The United Methodist Church


Finding new ways to worship and serve together.

Vacation Bible School

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church offers a drive thru VBS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Mount Pleasant UMC

VBS, pandemic style



United Methodist Marlena Graves is the author of 'The Way Up is Down.' Image courtesy InterVarsity Press.

Power, emptiness & satisfaction



United Methodists stand against racism. Image by United Methodist Communications.

United Against Racism


Dismantling Racism: What would John Wesley say?

During the July 1, 2020, Dismantling Racism: Pressing on To Freedom Town Hall, a viewer asked the Rev. Fred Day III, General Secretary of the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History, what John Wesley might say to us today about our work toward dismantling racism. Hear Day's succinct response. Find more information and resources about racial justice here.

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Young people sing during the Next Generation Forum in Monrovia, Liberia. The April 22 event focused on the future of young people in the church. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.
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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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Loving our neighbors

 McKinney Memorial UMC members in LaMarque, Texas, are distributing free gallons of milk, donated by Borden, to daycares and families in need.

Texas church distributes free milk to community


Educate yourself

Leaders from DC's interfaith community, including Bishop LaTrelle Easterling (left) and the Rev. Neal Christie from the General Board of Church and Society (center), gathered for worship, lament and protest, as they raised their voices for racial justice June 14 at St. John's Episcopal Church by the White House. Photo by Melissa Lauber.

Racial Justice: Information and Resources


Then and now

Protesters march during the “I Will Breathe” rally on June 4, 2020, at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Tenn. Thousands attended the rally in support of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis by a police officer. Photo by Chanitra Dreher Photography.

Perspectives: A conversation with civil rights titans about racism



Offering plate featuring cross. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

The need for giving when church doors close


From lament to hope

"How long, O Lord?" Throughout the history of the church, we often have seen that new ministries grow out of places of pain.

When pain finds its wings


Stay well

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted United Methodists around the world.

Coronavirus inspiration, information & resources


Vintage Methodist Recipes: 1898 Potato Puffs

Generations of United Methodist families have shared their recipes in church cookbooks, often sold as church fundraisers. We asked our friends at the General Commission on Archives and History to name the oldest church cookbook in their collection. Archivists shared a worn copy of the Ware Cookbook, published in 1898 by the Ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ware, Massachusetts. In cookbooks of this vintage, the recipes tend to be simple, with few ingredients and cooked over the flames of a kitchen fire. Lilla Marigza, Multimedia Producer with United Methodist Communications has been trying out some church cookbook recipes. In this video, Lilla whips up a batch of Potato Puffs from the 1898 Ware Cookbook




Grace Choi, current Global Ministries missionary in residence and a Yonsei alumnus, stands by a pile of donated masks. Choi worked at Yonsei Severance Hospital before she became a missionary. Photo courtesy of Grace Choi, Global Ministries.

Korean hospital sends 10,000 masks for missionaries


Feed my sheep

Everlyne Kukah Esther, an Africa University student from Kenya, hands over food to Charity Chikukwa, a beneficiary of the Feed a Family program in Gimboki, Zimbabwe. The Rev. Joseph Charinge (red shirt) and AU student Fiston Okito from Congo look on. Esther and her classmates started the campaign to help vulnerable families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

AU students skip meals to feed struggling families


In the news

The Rev. Jeremy Wicks (front) takes part in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in northern Michigan. Wicks has served as a police chaplain, a reserve police officer and a Black Lives Matter organizer. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jeremy Wicks.

Pastors with a badge advance police reforms