Church History

General Church
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

United Methodists behind closed doors

The United Methodist Church can be messy, but church law requires that nearly all meetings be open.
General Church
The Rev. Kim Cape, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, retires on June 1, 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Cape proud of work at leadership agency

The Rev. Kim Cape will retire as top executive of The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry on June 1.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Although Ash Wednesday has ancient roots, it does not appear in the rituals of The United Methodist Church or our predecessor denominations until the 20th century. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: When did Ash Wednesday begin and why do we celebrate it?

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
Mission and Ministry
A Bible coated in mud lays outside Fenwick (W. Va.) United Methodist Church following heavy flooding. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Ask The UMC: How should we dispose of Bibles?

When so worn or damaged as to be no longer useable, Bibles should be disposed of with reverence and with appropriate ritual action.

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