spiritual renewal

Bishop Gregory Palmer

Photo by Mike DuBois, UMNS

In a stirring Episcopal Address that drew applause and a standing ovation, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer challenge General Conference delegates to forego past animosities and unite with humility to make disciples and transform the world. Read more

GC Archive

Rising interest in the ministry of spiritual direction holds out hope for positive changes in the declining institutional church, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith

Insight Overview

United Methodist Insight Illustrations

United Methodist Insight's success, far beyond original expectations, prompts changes to improve the forum for its readers' benefit. Read more

Views from a Ridge


Photo Courtesy of Ben Gosden

On Praying for Revival

Tapping into the widespread search for renewal in The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ben Gosden invites us to consider some essential steps in accomplishing a revival. Read more

Apr 15, 2015 1:38 PM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. Read more

Feb 26, 2015 2:59 PM Ben Gosden


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The Shadow of Lent

The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds that he doesn't like the reflective season of Lent – the 40 days of spiritual preparation before Easter – but he finds that he needs its spiritual disciplines nonetheless. Read more

Feb 19, 2015 5:11 PM F. Richard Garland

Family Praying

Photo Courtesy of David MacDonald

The Rev. David MacDonald, a university chaplain in the East Ohio Annual Conference, compares the troubled state of the UMC to a married couple seeking guidance to repair their relationship. Read more


Aldersgate Covenant

Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference

A gathering of some 160 United Methodists led by the Aldersgate Covenant calls upon God's Holy Spirit to guide The United Methodist Church away from its recent focus on numbers and programs to an authentic spiritual revival. Read more

In the Church


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Leaders of the Aldersgate Covenant outline their hopes for the national gathering slated in May at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Read more

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Miracle Eye

Photo Courtesy of Dan R. Dick

How might our lives as Christ-followers change if we were granted the ability to see creation through the eye of God -- the good, the bad and the ugly, wonders the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Perspectives Archive

DRC Prayer

UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey

Newly assigned Bishop Young Jin Cho has joined the Virginia Conference's jurisdictional delegation in urging clergy and laity to participated in a "spiritual renewal covenant." Read more

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