Faith

Mission and Ministry
Fasting by limiting food and drink, accompanied by prayer and devotional reading, is an important spiritual practice to draw closer to God. Photo by congerdesign, courtesy of Pixabay.

Ask The UMC: What does The United Methodist Church say about fasting?

United Methodists practice fasting and abstinence. Learn why fasting is important to Christians.
Theology and Education
A man breaks a window as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol building in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. Discipleship Ministries is offering a new Courageous Conversations resource to help United Methodists talk about Christian nationalism in a respectful way. REUTERS/Leah Millis.

Discussing Christian nationalism — carefully

Discipleship Ministries is offering a new Courageous Conversations resource to help United Methodists talk about Christian nationalism in a respectful way.
General Church
Gilbert C. Hanke reflects on nearly 12 years as the chief executive of United Methodist Men from his office at the agency in Nashville, Tenn. He will retire after a new leader is selected. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Hanke looks back at UM Men tenure

As he prepares for retirement, the longtime United Methodist Men leader reflects on his accomplishments, including helping thousands of men take part in weekly virtual class meetings.
Evangelism
   Beekeeper Jay Williams holds a honeybee queen from one of the hives at Williams Honey Farm in Franklin, Tenn. A worker bee from her hive came out to check on her because she smelled the queen’s pheromone. Williams, a member of Frist United Methodist Church in Franklin, says “When you’re working with these little insects and they are doing all these things, you see all this wonderment. It’s like a tap on the shoulder that, hey, there’s more than you think and celebrate it and tell as many people about it as you can.” Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

How sweet it is: United Methodists and bees

United Methodist apiarists say delving into the complex world of bees has deepened their faith. Find out what a colony of insects can teach us about community and our connection to the divine.

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