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Kelly Price. Photo by Portrait Innovations, courtesy of the author.

The Metaverse and Methodism

Online worship services are a great start, says a digital marketing expert and lay minister, but it is time to move into digital spaces like the metaverse if the church wants to be relevant in the future.
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Kayla Alexander (left), who attended First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge as a child, attended the church virtually while her family was in lockdown because of COVID-19 in Australia, where they now live. Alexander and Jamie (to her right) brought their third child Brady Alexander to Louisiana to be baptized by the Rev. Brady Whitton at First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Kayla Alexander.

Virtual church will continue after COVID-19

The rewards of online ministry are too rich to give up if and when the coronavirus is a thing of the past, said a pastor in Louisiana. Three stories from First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge illustrate his point.
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The Rev. Henry Masters (right) confers with “Simon of Cyrene: The Musical” cast members Faith Griffin (center) and Brianna Williams during an April 4 rehearsal at Dallas’ Hamilton Park United Methodist Church. UM News photo by Sam Hodges.

Pastor puts on musical about Simon of Cyrene

The Rev. Henry Masters continues his exploration of Black church history with a full-length musical about the African man compelled to carry Jesus’ cross.
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Bishop Swenson introduces leaders of other denominations present for the 2016 General Conference during the Ecumenical Day service. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity?

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual observance held January 18-25 in which all Christians everywhere are encouraged to pray for unity in love and mission.

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