Worship

Mission and Ministry
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.
Faith Sharing
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.
Theology and Education
Crowds waving palm branches process through the streets of Port-Bouet, Ivory Coast, on Passion/Palm Sunday. This joyful scene is repeated all over the country by Ivorian United Methodists and Catholics. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Ask the UMC: Why do we observe Passion/Palm Sunday?

Celebrating Passion/Palm Sunday is part of an ecumenical effort to refocus the whole season of Lent on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Local Church
Women worship at First Wesleyan United Methodist Church of the Deaf in Mutum Biyu, Nigeria, the Nigeria Episcopal Area’s first church for the Deaf community. Photo by Ezekiel Ibrahim, UM News.

Church in Nigeria welcomes first Deaf congregation

The congregation’s 30 members had belonged to several mainline denominations, as well as nondenominational churches, before joining First Wesleyan United Methodist Church of the Deaf.

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