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Theology and Education
Green is the color for the Season after Epiphany. Readings during this season offer two distinct paths to follow. Photo by Susanne Nilsson, Flickr, Creative Commons.

Ask The UMC: What is the purpose of the Season after Epiphany?

The purpose of the Season after Epiphany is to help the congregation prepare for its work during Lent — to walk with candidates preparing for baptism.
Local Church
The Rev. Will Choate (at left) helps lead worshippers in singing “Silent Night” by candlelight on Christmas Eve 2018 at Argenta United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The growing congregation and others across the United Methodist connection are preparing to make visitors feel welcome. Photo courtesy of Argenta United Methodist Church.

What should a Christmas welcome look like?

New research shows more spiritual seekers are interested in visiting a United Methodist church. Here’s what this could mean for Christmas Eve.
Tennessee Conference delegate Holly Neal (front) raises her arms in praise  during a day of prayer at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. She is joined by Tennessee delegates the Revs. Stephen Handy (left) and Jacob Armstrong (standing). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

A conversation with the worship team

Listen to the leaders of the team who will lead worship at the special General Conference in St. Louis explain their approach to helping create a sacred experience while delegates seek to see a way forward for the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, conducts the interviews.