The Arkansas United Methodist is the twice-monthly newsletter of the Arkansas Conference that reaches more than 5,000 Arkansas Methodists across our state. Every other week, you’ll receive a newsletter in your inbox packed full of stories from around the Conference, and commentaries from the Bishop, the AUM Editor, clergy, laity and more!

Our goal is to bring hope and inspiration through stories of discipleship. Join us as we share the Good News!

Understanding Our Diversity Leads to Changed Lives

Understanding Our Diversity Leads to Changed Lives

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash“If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see” - James BaldwinWhen James Baldwin penned these words, he did so confessing the true love he had for his country, his city, and all people. But he also knew that...

Building the Kingdom of God Through Small Community Libraries

Building the Kingdom of God Through Small Community Libraries

The library isn’t even open yet, but kids are arriving. They come in groups; some are dropped off by their designated grown-up, others arriving on bicycles, still more walking up to the doors. In Altheimer, a small, rural community in Jefferson County, the library has become the place to be for children who are out of school for the summer. 

The View Is Always Better at the Top

The View Is Always Better at the Top

Have you ever looked up from the bottom of a mountain and thought to yourself “there’s no way I’m getting up there”? Life is like that sometimes, too.

Reframe and Rename Volunteering

Reframe and Rename Volunteering

No matter the size of your church, staff are not hired to do it all! The church is a community of Christ-followers that work together to share and teach God’s love. 

A Word Audit

A Word Audit

When I find free moments to reflect on my life and ministry, I often think about the words I use to describe what I’m experiencing. If the words are positive, uplifting and energetic, I know I feel good about what’s going on. If they are negative, it’s equally obvious. And if they are snarky (and, yes, that’s a theologically appropriate term), I know there’s something going on in me I need to figure out.

Jacksonville First Turns Sunday Morning Worship Into A Churchwide Vacation Bible SchoolIntergenerational worship is the goal of this year's VBS

Jacksonville First Turns Sunday Morning Worship Into A Churchwide Vacation Bible School
Intergenerational worship is the goal of this year's VBS

Vacation Bible School is one of the hallmarks of summer vacation for kids, but oftentimes it takes place outside of the traditional church service, leading many parents and church members unaware of the wonderful ministry taking place inside their church. That’s why Jacksonville First UMC decided this year to make Vacation Bible School and Sunday morning worship one and the same, integrating a typically week-long VBS into a 5-week Sunday morning worship experience.

My JuneteenthA personal reflection on why we celebrate June 19

My Juneteenth
A personal reflection on why we celebrate June 19

June 19, 2021, marks my 52nd birthday. I imagine like most people, the idea of a birthday is filled with cake, candles, well wishes and, of course, who can forget the presents. As my son puts it, you’re “celebrating your first breath day.”  The day should promote feelings of joy, relationship and reflection on how far you have come and how blessed you really are. However, despite the family, friends, gifts, and fellowship this day, June 19 has always held an extra significance in my life.