Maplewood UMC in Sulphur, Louisiana suffered significant damage from Hurricane Laura, August 2020. Photo by Louisiana Conference.

The People of The United Methodist Church

Standing together

Praying, rebuilding, restoring hope.

Returning to in-person worship

When returning to worship, be prepared for changes, including different seating arrangements. File photo by Charity Ponter.

Going back to church? What to expect


We are disciples

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey surveys Hurricane Laura damage at University United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, LA. Photo courtesy of Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Wildfire & hurricane disaster relief


Virtual Worship

During the coronavirus pandemic, many United Methodist churches are holding online worship services, such as Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville. Here, a young member of the Glendale UMC family watches. Photo courtesy of Glendale United Methodist Church

Where to worship online


134-year-old church becomes virtual school

In 2020, COVID-19 quickly changed schools across the United States. Children were sent home last March and many started a new school year online. As parents seek socialization and academic support for their children, church buildings that normally sit empty during the week are suddenly the center of activity in neighborhoods. Here is one neighborhood's story. Watch.

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Young people sing during the Next Generation Forum in Monrovia, Liberia. The April 22 event focused on the future of young people in the church. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.
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Inspiration for Daily Living

Twice each month, our e-newsletter offers examples of Christian living, inspirational messages, and information on what it means to be a United Methodist.


Featured stories

spiritual disciplines: Fasting

Fasting is an act of surrender

Make the choice for solitude and surrender


How we serve

The Rev. Heather Gates (center) leads a prayer for evening shift officers of the Galveston Police department during roll call in Galveston, Texas. Gates, a United Methodist deacon, has served as chaplain for the Galveston Police Department since 2018. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Pastor to the police


Racial Justice Conversation

Our panel discussion on the theological roots of racism featured several theologians. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.

Theological roots of racism & colonialism


UMW in action

The United Methodist Women's Racial Justice Charter has advocated for racial equality for more than 40 years. Pictured (l-r): Dionne P. Boissier, Sung-ok Lee, Emily Jones, at a 2018 event. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Women

Living the Racial Justice Charter



Offering plate featuring cross. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

The need for giving when church doors close


Devotional Poems

A person stands on a stepping stone in a stream. Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

Poetic reflections for uncertain times


Methodist Recipes: Quick Chicken Mole

Traditional Mexican mole sauce takes time and effort, sometimes taking a full day to prepare. United Methodist Bilha Alegria shares a recipe shortcut for a mole you can make in minutes. Yes, you can have chicken mole on a weeknight!

Bilha Alegria learned to cook from her mother while growing up in Monterrey, Mexico. Bilha’s father was a pastor and the family lived at the church and slept in pews at night because there was no parsonage. Cooking was done outdoors over an open fire. Bilha’s mom would buy sacks of flour to make tortillas and then use the flour sacks to make dresses for Bilha and her sisters.

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15.

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Hurricane Recovery

A Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley Shallow Water Response Team rescues nine people and one dog Sept. 16, 2020, near Navarre Beach, Fla., after they were stranded by Hurricane Sally. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Ohio Valley Shallow Water Response Team.

Churches pick up after Sally



Wildfires burn during a mid-August night near Susanville, Calif. A series of wildfires has destroyed more than 30,000 acres of land around Susanville. Photo by Doug Magill, U.S. Army.

Fires, coronavirus complicate Western disaster relief


In Memoriam

Rev. Gil Caldwell, civil rights pioneer, dies