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On being shaped by the Spirit

Our personalities affect what spiritual practices and disciplines are most helpful as we seek to draw nearer to God. Read More

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Spiritual formation

On being shaped by the Spirit

Our personalities affect what spiritual practices and disciplines are most helpful as we seek to draw nearer to God. Read More

Spiritual formation

Sand artist

The Creative Spirit

A poet, a musician, a sand artist and a painter encourage using different forms of creative expression to draw nearer to God. Read More

Spiritual formation

Prayground - First UMC, Holland, MI

‘Praygrounds’ encourage little children to come

'Praygrounds' are a new -- and growing -- approach to including toddlers and other children in the worship service. Read More

Spiritual formation

Bible study group

Community nurtures relationships with God, other people

Whether it happens during a worship service, a small group meeting or a work project, spiritual growth can occur as we share time and space with others. Read More

Spiritual formation

Being shaped in the Creator’s creation

Eco-theologian Beth Norcross' reading of Scripture tells her that the natural world was humanity's first way of encountering God. Read More

Spiritual formation

Come Away: Starting or restarting spiritual practices

Do your spiritual formation practices invite you to "come away" and rest with God, or do they feel like yet another item on your never-ending task list? Read More

Spiritual formation

Faith formation begins at home

Looking for God in everyday life is key to growing your faith during ordinary life at home. Read More

Spiritual formation

Lives shaped through service

For many Christians, faith is something that cannot be contained. Their faith ignites a passion for serving others and drawing nearer to God at the same time. Read More


child praying at mealtime

Remembering Holy Week, celebrating Easter at home

Remembering the events of Holy Week in age-appropriate ways with children will make Easter even more joy-filled for them. Read More

Church life

'Live chidlike' ad campaign

New ad campaign features words of children

Children explain open hearts, open minds and oopen doors in new advertising campaign premiering now. Read More

Special Sundays

In August 2016, Edna Rajan stacks cleaning buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a United Way warehouse in Lafayette, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

New UMCOR Sunday is March 26

It used to be One Great Hour of Sharing; now it is UMCOR Sunday. Here's why. Read More

United Methodism

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. and Richlain K. Quire.

New bishop elected for Liberia

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. is the newest member of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and leader of the Liberia Annual Conference. Read More


Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO

Small and large steps make church carrbon neutral

Solar panels, new lighting and appliances and more insulation contribute to this church's efforts to care for creation. Read More

United Methodism

Methodist Central Hall serves the world from the heart of London

The home to a thriving church, Methodist Central Hall in London has also been the site of several historic events, including the founding of the United Nations. Read More

Special Sundays

Special Sunday honors Native American people, churches

Native American Ministries Sunday on April 30 will both recognize their contributions and benefit outreach and students. Read More

Publisher's Page

Dan Krause

Publisher’s Page: A Season of Shaping

Take a look at how The United Methodist Church provides opportunities for spiritual development at every stage of life. Read More


Reflections: Letters to the Editor (March-April 2017)

Readers appreciate prayers, question triadic order. Read More

It Worked for Us

Bible Boot Camp

Bible Boot Camp fills winter day

A one-day Bible Boot Camp equips children, youth and adults with tools to "start with the truth, stay with the truth and go with the truth." Read More

It Worked for Us

Garden volunteers

Creation Care ministry protects, teaches

United Methodist church community garden offers multiple ways to care for the earth. Read More

It Worked for Us

Parking Lot Ministry

Parking lot ministry reaching teens

Once high school students had to pay to park there. Now Boone Hill United Methodist Church offers free parking, snacks and prayers for its neighbors. Read More

It worked for Us

Mural of Hope

Mural reflects hope offered inside

Inside a building, this New Jersey church offered hope in the form of food, clothing and other assistance. A mural on the outside now sends the same message. Read More


Calls for compassion for immigrants, refugees

United Methodist church leaders have called for compassion and humane action toward refugees and immigrants wishing to be in the United States. Read More

Young people’s event set for South Africa

Youth and young adult United Methodists will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July 2018. Read More


Save the date for YOUTH 2019

The Kansas City setting will offer much when United Methodists gather for YOUTH 2019. Read More


Africa Ministry Series makes worldwide impact

The Africa Ministry Series -- written in large part by the Africa University Faculty of Theology and published in English, French and Portuguese-- is finding an audience that stretches beyond the content. Read More


Abingdon releases CEB Women’s Bible

The latest specialty edition of the Common English Bible includes information on all of the women -- named and virtually unnamed -- in the ancient volume. Read More


Open Table for teens accepting applications

The University of Evansville Open Table Youth Theology Institute focuses on Christian tradition and affirmation of God's call. Read More

I am United Methodist

I am United Methodist: Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson has morphed his writing from 40 years of covering sports to now writing plays for his church. Read More


Technology: Apps are appropriate for churches

More and more United Methodist churches are using apps to aid participation in worship. Read More