Look Beneath the Glitter

The contrast is striking.  On the one hand, there is the glitter of Christmas, which often goes up early in November (sometimes even in October!) and starts coming down the day after Christmas because people are ready to move on. Sadly, however, no amount of glitter can change what’s beneath it: beautifully decorated houses filled […]

Blue Christmas Services Provide Hope & Healing

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Christmas greetings from Bishop Carter and the Council of Bishops

In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., encourages us, with a message from Isaiah 11, to be a sign of God’s peaceable Kingdom. Read Bishop Carter’s message below or at this link: A Peaceable Kingdom in a Divided […]

Blue Christmas services provide hope, sacred space for those in mourning

Every year, people from all over the world flock to their local church to attend joyous Christmas services full of uplifting carols, prayers of hope, and words of encouragement. But for a large number of often overlooked believers, these hope-filled services are anything but uplifting. For those who have lost loved ones, dealt with debilitating […]

Delivering Christmas invitations and cheer by the truckload

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – What makes for the perfect Christmas gift this season? According to statistics, it’s sharing experiences with family and friends. To fulfill that Christmas wish, The United Methodist Church is presenting The True Meaning of Christmas Tour. Representatives will be traveling to 11 cities across the nation in a gift-wrapped truck offering family-friendly fun, while connecting […]