Theology and Education
A wreath with three lit candles marks the third week of Advent. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean?

The candles mark the weeks of Advent during a time of anticipation.
Mission and Ministry
Unlike Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are focused on purchasing for oneself, Giving Tuesday emerged as a way to encourage generosity to benefit the lives of others. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Where and why should I donate on Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to increase your generosity in ways that help others, over time, do the same.
Local Church
Lay leader Ed Zinkiewicz leads the congregation of West Nashville (Tenn.) United Methodist Church in prayer. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Who may hold office in a local church?

Those who may hold office in a local church depends on the office in question.
Mission and Ministry
The ordination of Bishop Francis Asbury performed by Bishop Thomas Coke in Baltimore, Md., at the Christmas Conference, the historic meeting establishing the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States in 1784. An engraving by A. Gilchrist Campbell from a painting by Thomas Coke Ruckle, 1882. Courtesy of the Drew University Methodist Collection (Madison, New Jersey) via Wikimedia Commons.

Ask The UMC: What influence did Francis Asbury have on the role of bishops?

Francis Asbury set the precedent for the work of Methodist bishops as organizers of ministry, as a source of unity, and in developing consensus.

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