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Stories and articles focusing on practices to help you grow closer to God (prayer, fasting, Holy Communion, etc.); stories from individuals’ faith journeys.

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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

WAYS: Celebrating Easter

Ask United Methodists what is the most meaningful part of Easter Sunday and early morning sunrise services quickly rise to the top of the list. Here's why. Read More

Detail of Lent/Easter totem pole in Alaska carved by the Rev. David Fison. UMCom Photo Illustration by Kathleen Barry

WAYS: Remembering Good Friday

Tenebrae services, prayer vigils and cross walks are among the events that help United Methodists recall the emotions and meaning of Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Read More

WAYS: Remembering Maundy Thursday

Foot washing and depictions of the Last Supper bring the meaning of Maundy or Holy Thursday close to United Methodists. Read More

Holy Week

WAYS: Remembering Holy Week

United Methodists share memories of meaningful and memorable moments during Holy Week and Easter. 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

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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

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

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

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

Amanda Vogt

I Am United Methodist: Amanda Vogt

Young adult United Methodist Amanda Vogt from Missouri finds common values between her congregation and scouting programs. Read More

WAYS: What is your prayer as the New Year 2017 begins?

United Methodists are lifting prayers for their church, their country and its leaders, peace, justice and more as the New Year begins. Read More

Candles are part of many of the Sacred Space stations at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church during Holy Week. Photo courtesy of Dianne Lawhorn.

Enter Sacred Space during Holy Week

Sacred Space ministry during Holy Week allows experiencing God's presence through diverse approaches to spiritual formation. Read More

Donna Rhodes - author - from woman at the well to well woman

From Woman at the Well to well woman

Spending time with her now, no one would imagine the horrors Donna Rhodes once lived. Today, she shares her story to help others see the hope of Christ. 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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Grace: Responding with piety and mercy

Throughout the centuries, God has been extending grace to people through everyday practices. These means of grace, as John Wesley called them, continue to inform and enrich people of faith... Read More

Abundant Grace: Living Grace

Grace. One tiny word that will change your life. We know, because extraordinary and everyday experiences of grace forever changed our lives. Read More