Faith Stories
Young United Methodist Lucy McGuire was born in China without a right hand. Now in Nashville, Tenn., with her adoptive family, she’s learning, growing and thriving. Screengrab courtesy of United Methodist Communications via YouTube by UM News.

Young violinist inspires with more than music

Adopted at age four, Lucy McGuire was born in China without a right hand. Now in Nashville, Tenn., she’s pursuing her dreams of becoming a violinist and enjoying a variety of adventures.
Local Church
Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter, Mich., plans to tell the Easter story with live animals at a city park on April 16. Last year, the church held a similar event on church property. Like many congregations, Dexter expects to draw more Easter visitors now that COVID-19 is at a low ebb. 2021 file photo courtesy of Cathy Hunter, Dexter United Methodist Church.

Churches gear up for Easter revival

Congregations prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this year as COVID is at a low ebb and new research shows people’s increased interest in visiting a United Methodist church.
Liz Shadbolt. Photo courtesy of the author.

Raising my children to be anti-racist

White Christian parents must commit to doing anti-racism work and model that for their children.
Local Church
The Rev. Daniel Hayes preaches the sermon Feb. 6 during worship at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church is celebrating Black History Month but also stays focused on the future. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Black church honors past, points to future

During Black History Month, leaders at John Wesley United Methodist Church reflect on Black history and tout programs for future generations. United Methodist News spent a recent Sunday at the thriving African American church.

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