A mosaic for Pentecost features elements of fire. Image by Holger Schué, courtesy of Pixabay.

Ask The UMC: What is Pentecost?

The Christian festival of Pentecost, on the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection, celebrates the gift the Holy Spirit and birth of the church.
Photo by skeeze, courtesy of pixabay.com; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications

Ask The UMC: What is our end goal as United Methodists?

Our end goal as United Methodists is to participate fully in God's restoration and transformation of all things, starting here and now.
Theology and Education
Marshall Greene (center) is baptized during the Annual Inlet Baptism in Murrells Inlet off the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church's seawall. Holding him is (left) Austin Bond, director of youth ministries and (right) Walter Cantwell, associate pastor. Photo by Benjamin Coy.

Ask The UMC: How far back does Christian baptism go?

Christian baptism has its earliest beginnings in the church. It was related to the water rites of other religions.
Disaster Relief
A tire swing sways in the wind from Hurricane Rita over the remains of a beachfront home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Ocean Springs, Miss. Rita made landfall in East Texas Sept. 24, 2005, nearly four weeks after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: How do we understand suffering from disaster?

When tragedy strikes, it is common for us to ask why. We turn to our faith for answers, but answers don’t come easily.

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