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Photo of MLK monument appears as if the civil rights icon is holding the Washington Monument. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga.

Council of Bishops call United Methodists to action


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


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Lindsey Krinks is a street chaplain in Nashville, TN

Believing you can make a difference: Compass episode 50


Get Your Spirit in Shape: The gift of being present

United Methodist missionaries Mark and Deidre Zimmerman, who serve as healthcare professionals in Nepal, share the importance of being present to God and with their patients.

Watch this episode of "Get Your Spirit in Shape" and learn more here.

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


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New Year's goals

Clutter can build up in our church closets and in our lives. A photo illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Spiritual decluttering: A fresh start for a new year


Look back at 2020

Custodian James Jimmerson disinfects pews to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, May 10, 2020, following online worship, which is recorded in the sanctuary. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

2020: The year in UM News photos


Stay well

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Coronavirus inspiration, information & resources


Human Relations Day is January 17

The Big Garden, founded in 2005 by United Methodist Ministries, cultivates food security by developing community gardens, creating opportunities to serve, and providing education on issues related to hunger. Photo courtesy of

Why do United Methodists observe Human Relations Day?


In honor of MLK Day

The Rev. James Lawson speaks about nonviolence at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., the site of a 1961 confrontation between Freedom Riders and an angry mob. 2009 file photo by Kathy L. Gilbert,  United Methodist News Service.

The Rev. James Lawson: Sharing MLK's Dream


Be inspired

United Methodist Ernestine Shepherd, an 84-year-old world champion body builder who has appeared in a Beyoncé video, found her joy restored while struggling with anxiety and depression. Photo courtesy of Yohnnie Shambourger.

The power of restored joy


Tune in January 19

On Tuesday, January 19, be part of a free webinar book discussion of 'I'm Black. I'm Christian. I'm Methodist.’ Image courtesy UMGCORR.

Webinar: Conversations about racism and UMC


Creativity during Covid

Wesley UMC music director William Ness directs parking lot choir. Photo courtesy of Nan Gibbons.

Singing in the parking lot



United Methodists share why they give to their local churches. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News

'Why I give': United Methodists speak out


Recipe: Wild rice and mushrooms

Enjoy a hearty side dish of wild rice and mushroom for a winter meal. Wild rice is the only North American native grain, which was a staple food for the Ojibwe and Menominee tribes. 

For more recipes, including additional Native American recipes such as wajopi (berry sauce) and salmon on a cedar plank, visit

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General Conference

The Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, a General Conference delegate from the California-Nevada Conference, speaks during the last day of the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. The Commission on the General Conference met online in December to discuss planning for the General Conference postponed by COVID-19. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Grappling with postponed General Conference


In memoriam

United Methodist News honors notable church members who died in 2020. Candle image by Gerd Altmann, courtesy of Pixabay.

2020: Remembering notable United Methodists



Innocent Afful (third from left), a Ghanaian missionary who works with orphans and vulnerable children in Congo, has seen his job change during the COVID pandemic. Photo courtesy of Innocent Afful.

Missionaries cope with coronavirus challenges