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March - April 2017

 

United Methodists living their faith. During these 40 days of Lent, we're invited to intentionally focus on our spiritual growth and relationship with God. The hope is that our spiritual lives will become enriched and deeply transformed

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

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

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

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

A waterfall invites meditation by visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Photo by Kay Panovec.

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

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

Faith formation begins at home

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

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

'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

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. General Conference 2016 changed the name to reflect the offering's support of UMCOR. Read More

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO

Small and large steps make church carbon neutral

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

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

Westminster's Methodist Central Hall hosts historic events that celebrate the life and ministry of John Wesley, founder of The United Methodist Church. Photos by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Serving the world from the heart of London: Methodist Central Hall

In January 1946, the first United Nations General Assembly met in a building constructed to celebrate the life and ministry of John Wesley. Read More

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

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

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

Garden volunteers

Creation Care ministry protects, teaches

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

Save the date for YOUTH 2019

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

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: 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