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Faith Sharing
Appalachian Trail chaplain “Chappy Jack” Layfield on the Appalachian Trail in Roan Mountain, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Appalachian Trail chaplain shares faith journey in devotional book

“Chappy Jack” Layfield served as the 2019 Appalachian Trail chaplain. He has written a book of daily devotionals that chronicles his experiences on “the AT” and his spiritual growth as a result of the 2,200-mile hike.
Mission and Ministry
What once was the First United Methodist Church in North Adams, Mass., is now the Berkshire Art Museum. The Rev. Thomas Frank writes about the transition in his new book “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril.” Photo courtesy of the Berkshire Art Museum.

A manifesto for saving old church buildings

The Rev. Thomas Frank, United Methodist polity expert, is the author of the new book “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril.”
Local Church
The Rev. James Paris leads a service of prayer for the 2020 U.S. presidential election at New Life United Methodist Church in Ripley, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

On US Election Day, United Methodists seek God

Across the U.S., United Methodist churches sought to heal political divisions and keep people focused on God.