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A Season of Gratitude

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

Gratitude journals spotlight God’s action

Gratitude journaling can focus attention and frame the day with thankfulness. Read More

Living with a grateful heart starts with simple practices

Appreciation, modeling, serving among ways to teach and learn gratitude. Read More

Living in gratitude

Christians find gratitude powerful, contagious and transformative -- and the heart of their faith. Read More

Topics, approaches vary in new Advent studies

Planning for Advent is rapidly approaching in United Methodist churches. Here are nine new studies to consider. Read More

Downward mobility reflects radical faith

Intentionality guides two women's efforts to bring diversity and community into their families' lives. Read More

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

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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

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

Faith formation begins at home

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

Physical fitness at Carson UMC in Iowa

Sweat is evidence of body stewardship

Pastor’s emphasis on physical fitness builds bodies -- and Body of Christ -- at Carson United Methodist Church in Iowa. Read More

Meditating at Manidoan Camp and Retreat Center

Patterning Jesus: Get away and rest

If Jesus could find time for rest, prayer and time apart, shouldn't his followers do the same? That is why United Methodists are avid supporters of camping and retreat ministry. Read More

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Spiritual direction nurturing the journey toward God

Spiritual direction offers companionship as one makes the spiritual journey drawing nearer and nearer to God. Read More