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Photo courtesy of Taytay United Methodist Church

Children enjoy a day out as part of the Adopt-A-Child ministry for indigent families, one of numerous outreach efforts at Taytay United Methodist Church in the Philippines.

Publisher’s Page: United Methodists - Unique, creative, vibrant

The creative ways we live out our faith in our communities around the world gives The United Methodist Church its vibrancy. Read More

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United Methodism

Connection makes the UMC work

The way we give, the way we fill pulpits, even the way we refurnish severely damaged churches all illustrate the power of the United Methodist connection. Read More

United Methodism


One faith, different understandings

The Wesleyan spirit can be a source of unity among United Methodists with strong and differing opinions on many topics. Read More

United Methodism

A (Brief) History of the People of The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church in 2017 is a product of a world wide mission that began close to 300 years ago in England. Read More

United Methodism

Change: It’s constant

Changes in the roles of laity and women and the relationships between majority and minority ethnic groups have shaped today's United Methodist Church. Read More

United Methodism

Mark Deshon leads the emphasis on Wesleyan discipleship at Newark United Methodist Church in Delaware. Photo courtesy of  Mark Deshon

General Rule of Discipleship leads to disciplined life

Being held accountable in small groups for keeping the Rule of Discipleship can shape the lives of United Methodist Christians. Read More

United Methodism

Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of

Sites every United Methodist should see

Sites in the United States and around the world can help United Methodists remember their heritage -- and celebrate today's ministry and mission. Read More


Everyone is a storyteller

Master storyteller and United Methodist pastor Michael E. Williams contends that everyone tells stories -- and gives tips for doing it enjoyably and well. Read More

Congregational care

Reading time. Grandparents who parent their grandchildren can face many challenges, but can also receive many rewards.. Photo by Christopher Fenoglio, United Methodist Communications.

Grandparents are parenting again

Churches can provide support to the growing number of grandparents who are the primary care givers for their grandchildren. Read More

United Methodism

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda. Photo by Mike Dubose, United Methodist Communications

Five bishops elected in Germany, Congo

Newly elected episcopal leaders in Germany and the Congo are beginning their work as part o the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Read More

Special Sunday

During a CVAC memorial service, a young girl lights a candle in memory of her brother who was killed during a robbery in Atlanta. Photo by Bruce Cook

Making a difference one grant at a time

Gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday support United Methodist and ecumenical ministries, including this one supporting victims of crimes. Read More

Publisher's Column

Publisher’s Page: United Methodists - Unique, creative, vibrant

The creative ways we live out our faith in our communities around the world gives The United Methodist Church its vibrancy. Read More

It Worked for Us

The Rev. Chuck Mitchell (left) anoints an officer's badge during the

Blessing of the badges

United Methodists in New Jersey offer support and blessing for police officers and other first responders. Read More

It Worked for Us

Box of Blessings. Photo courtesy of Robert Harris

This box blesses

Boxes at churches across the Northern Prairie District of Oklahoma are stocked to bless those who need -- and those who need to give. Read More

It Worked for Us

Cali and Miley find outlets for their creativity during art class  Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa, Ill. Photo courtesy of Melissa Meyers

Cooking and art classes draw youngsters

Cooking and art classes help children (and their parents) think of church as safe and "a place of wonder." Read More

It Worked for Us

Presenters and sharks of Shark Tank: Mission (top row, from left) Gene Howerton, Bob Gerzel, Suzanne Honeycutt, Tracy Langley; (bottom row, from left) Shelby Morgan, Logan Franks, Kendall Cosper, Austin Franks, Andrew Gardner, Cooper Hayman, Isabella Nolan and Libby Devooght. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference / Jessica Chapman

Shark Tank: Mission

Youth did extensive research to develop their plans for mission and present them to fund-awarding "sharks." Read More


WAYS: Why are you a United Methodist?

Interpreter readers tell why they choose to be United Methodists. Read More

I am United Methodist

I Am United Methodist: Betty Jane Hoback Ludlam

United Methodist Women always provided a home as Betty Ludlam and her pastor husband moved from place to place. Read More


IG Technology Training

Technology: Bridging generational gaps—technologically

Youth and senior adults develop friendships as the young mentors provide tips on using cell phones, tablets and other tools. Read More

To Be United Methodist

To Be United Methodist: What is the Judicial Council?

The United Methodist Judicial Council is the denomination's highest court. Its duties include determining the constitutionality of various actions. Read More