Chuck Knows Church: Christmas Comes Into Focus


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Local Church
A single lit candle in a wreath signifies the first week of Advent. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, United Methodist churches are thinking creatively for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Photo of Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Salvaging Christmas amid coronavirus concerns

Pastors already dealing with a stressful 2020 now must lead United Methodists through the seasons of Advent and Christmas as the coronavirus pandemic rages.
Social Concerns
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (right) spoke with Erin Hawkins during The United Methodist Church’s fifth online discussion about eradicating racial injustice. Cleaver, a United Methodist pastor who represents Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, said he is heartened by diverse crowds of young people coming together to march against racism. UM News graphic.

Moving voting rights 'from ideal to reality'

Voter suppression has been a part of the U.S. historical narrative. Ensuring voting rights for all will be difficult and uncomfortable process, says a United Methodist congressman.
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.