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!

A Teacher Breathes!

“Oh Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.” - Psalm 144:4The word “breathe” has taken on a more prominent and significant meaning for me during these current times than...

Are You Ready To Be Ashed?

Are You Ready To Be Ashed?

Photo by Annika Gordon on UnsplashIt will be Ash Wednesday in just a few days. Like seemingly everything else these days, it will be different. You may participate through an online service or in a drive-through experience or by self-imposing ashes as you gather with...

Too Many Books? Give Them a New Home Through the Literacy Initiative

Too Many Books? Give Them a New Home Through the Literacy Initiative

Take a moment and locate the closest book to you right now. Maybe it’s on the bookshelf behind you. Perhaps it is in your bag. If you’re an e-book fan, it could even be in your pocket. I’d venture a guess that, if you’re like me, there is a book within 10 feet of you...

Cheerleading Vaccines is the Wesleyan Way

Cheerleading Vaccines is the Wesleyan Way

What an honor it was to be in the last class ever taught by the Rev. Dr. John Farthing at Hendrix College, John Wesley and Methodism. It was in that very class I first learned of John Wesley’s ministry of healthcare to the sick and the poor. One of the books I love...

SAD and CAD

SAD and CAD

I will always remember Wednesday, March 11, 2020. That was the day it became clear COVID-19 was becoming so dangerous I needed to immediately cancel all in-person events for the Arkansas Annual Conference. It was the beginning of a journey that has caused unspeakable...

Hope, Prayer, and Understanding in 2021

Hope, Prayer, and Understanding in 2021

I’m not the biggest fan of making New Year’s resolutions. I’m not knocking the desire to better myself in ways that benefit my health, finances, empathy toward others, spiritual beliefs, whatever it may be. I just don’t think that waiting until the end of one year and...