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Kids’ thoughts on gratitude

Youngsters share their thoughts on what it means to be thankful. Read More

A Season of Gratitude

Use the seven weeks encompassing the Thanksgiving (U.S.), Advent and Christmas seasons to pour out your gratitude. Read More

Celebrating with gratitude—at home

Mark your Thanksgiving celebration with an "attitude of gratitude" that goes beyond a prayer before a bountiful meal. Read More

Live Nativity is gift to the community

An ecumenically-produced Live Nativity scene will bring a community together for worship and fellowship. Read More

When it is not the most wondrous time ...

How does the church minister to those for whom the holiday season is less than joy-filled? Read More

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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

Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continues until sunset on Saturday, April 15.

Preparing for Lent

New devotional books and studies from Abingdon Press and The Upper Room and other new resources can help make Lent 2017 meaningful. Read More

Macdenoia - Thanksgiving Altar

celebrating God’s bounty

Throughout the world, faithful communities of United Methodists join other Christians gathering to give thanks to God and to share with others. Read More

Macdenoia - Thanksgiving Altar

celebrating God’s bounty

Throughout the world, faithful communities of United Methodists join other Christians gathering to give thanks to God and to share with others. Read More

celebrating God’s bounty

Throughout the world, faithful communities of United Methodists join other Christians gathering to give thanks to God and to share with others. Read More

Christmas teddy bear

12 days before Christmas

Giving "12 Days of Christmas" before the holiday can bring cheer to those for whom the holidays are lonely and or painful because of the loss of a loved one. You... Read More

Welcome voters to your church

Election Day at churches that serve as polling places can be busy and sometimes disruptive. It also offers an opportunity to extend hospitality to people waiting in long lines. Read More

Advent wreath - blue candles

Make Advent a countercultural experience

"Be countercultural when preparing for Advent," advises the Rev. Carol Cook Moore. She recommends several strategies for laity and clergy to provide a haven for worshippers and community members during... Read More

Boar-s Head Festival - camels

Boar’s Head Festival: A festive end to Christmastide

For more than 30 years, the Boar's Head Festival at the end of Christmas has drawn crowds to Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. Read More

Season of Advent Pinecones - stock

A time of sacred waiting: Keeping Advent at home

Many individuals, families and churches have traditions for keeping Advent -- a time of preparation and reflection in anticipation of the gift celebrated during Christmas. Read More

The  pure white lily is a symbol of the new life that came with the resurrection of Christ while its shape is a reminder of the sorrow of Good Friday.

Which came first: Easter or the eggs?

For most Christians, Easter is the most important day of the year. However, when it comes to traditions such as decorated eggs, lilies and Peter Cottontail, even the most seasoned... Read More

Angels fill a booth at a Christmas Market in Munich, Germany.

Angels among us: God’s heavenly messengers for the world

Clearly, we love angels. But what do we actually know about them? Read More

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve: No Gimmicks Allowed

Tell the Christmas story in Scripture and song and do it in ways that make everyone attending the service feel included. That will make your Christmas Eve service special, say... Read More

The Rev. K Karpen and Rabbi Roly Matalon speak to children at B'nai Jeshurun Hebrew School in New York City.

Sharing Passover Seders

Rabbi Evan Moffic offers guidance to Christians wanting to celebrate Passover correctly and with respect. Read More

The Return of the Prodigal Son

Forgiveness: A journey filled with choices

All that's needed for forgiveness to take place, sometimes, is for the victim or survivor to have permission not to forgive. Read More