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Courtesy photo of the Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol.

Commentary: Will you join in fighting racism?

The Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol writes about her profound gratitude for the church that saved her by opening her eyes to racism. Read More

Portrait of Vicki Brown, news editor at United Methodist Communications. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Why the church needs a news service

At a time of deep divisions within The United Methodist Church, an impartial news service can provide coverage that helps church members understand what is happening. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. in a 2012 file photo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Thoughts, prayers and advocacy

Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. writes about the church bearing witness to life in the midst of death by moving beyond thoughts and prayers to advocacy. Read More

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. A photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. 2014

Commentary: Church should do more to fight racism

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell writes that fairness should motivate The United Methodist Church to do more to fight racism in the church and the world. Read More

The Rev. David Wilson. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Mascot change first step in right direction

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference applauds the Cleveland Indians’ decision to stop using the Chief Wahoo logo and urges The United Methodist Church to consider its own ‘firm action.’ Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, director with Global Ministries, photographed during the Oct. 19-22, 2016 board meeting. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: 5 propositions for the Korean United Methodist Church

The Wisconsin Area bishop makes some proposals for the Korean United Methodist Church in today’s world. Read More

Commentary: Sharing the stories of refugees

United Methodist teenager creates monologues, photo exhibit to educate others about the plight of displaced people. Read More

Courtesy photo of Tim Tanton, Executive Director, Global Voices, News and Information.

Commentary: The church’s news and why it matters

Today more than ever, The United Methodist Church and society in general need professional news reporting. Read More

Photo of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Commentary: Migration — a personal reflection

In advance of Global Migration Sunday Dec. 3, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the California-Nevada Conference shares her experiences with migrants. Read More

Baseball great Jackie Robinson swings a bat in his Dodgers uniform, dated 1954. This is a photo taken by staff photographer Bob Sandberg of LOOK Magazine, and is part of the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Commentary: Shaped by Methodism, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

On the anniversary of the baseball and civil rights legend’s death, author reflects on how biography project affected his own faith. Read More

Courtesy photo of Rob Rutland-Brown, executive director of National Justice for Our Neighbors.

Commentary: JFON helps immigrants get the welcome they deserve

Justice for Our Neighbors, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, helps low-income immigrants and refugees navigate the complex U.S. legal system. Read More

Commentary: Desert encroachment in Nigeria

United Methodists in Nigeria are suffering as more land is lost each year to desertification. Read More

Photo of the Rev. David Wilson, by Ronny Perry, UMNS.

Commentary: What’s next for Standing Rock?

The Rev. David Wilson says the mood has changed at Standing Rock, but water protectors haven’t given up their fight to protect Mother Earth. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Keith Boyette.

Commentary: Lawyer on meaning of bishop ruling

Lawyer who argued the request for a declaratory decision on election, consecration and nomination of a gay bishop offers his interpretation of the Judicial Council’s ruling. Read More

Courtesy photo of Richard Marsh, 2017.

Commentary: Attorney on confusion over Oliveto’s status

Attorney for Western Jurisdiction contends Bishop Oliveto’s election, consecration proper under church law. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Christopher P. Momany.

Commentary: Who ‘counts’ in ministry any more?

As the denomination struggles with declining U.S. membership, a chaplain at a United Methodist-related college wonders who counts in his campus ministry. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Walter Fenton, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Understanding renewal, reform group positions

The Rev. Walter Fenton, an analyst for Good News, writes about what members of renewal and reform groups see as misunderstandings or mischaracterizations of their positions. Read More

Courtesy photo of The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Legal challenges to ‘unlawful’ marriages in Methodism

Questions of divorce and remarriage by clergy and members were considered by Methodism’s top court long before same-sex marriage became an issue. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Mark Nakagawa. United Methodist News Service Featured Blogs and Commentaries.

Commentary: An executive order with memory

Trump’s executive order on immigration brings back memories for Japanese Americans, who this weekend mark the anniversary of a similar moment in history from the last century. Read More

United Methodist Bishop William B. Lewis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Conferences need final say on gay issues

Retired bishop says the annual conference, not General Conference, has the responsibility for addressing moral issues involving clergy. Read More

Tennessee Wesleyan University student Todd Cox shared his thoughts on the attending 2017 U.S. presidential inauguration with United Methodist News Service. Courtesy photo.

Commentary: A student’s viewpoint of the inauguration

Student attending the inauguration was moved by the diversity at the event but troubled by deep divisions of ideology. Read More

Photo of the Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Commentary: Sexuality debate overshadows real issues in Africa

The church in Africa is facing divisions and exclusions that extend well beyond sexuality. Read More

Courtesy photo: The Rev. Paul J. Kottke

Commentary: Wesleyan Covenant meeting overlooked important issues

One observer of Wesleyan Covenant Association’s inaugural event excited by call for a church revival, but feels certain concerns must be resolved. Read More

Steven W. Manskar is the director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Commentary: Wesley’s views on holding right opinions

John Wesley was certainly a fan of orthodoxy, but believed the goal of religion was to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Read More

Courtesy photo: The Rev. Christopher P. Momany

Commentary: Taking our theology seriously

In an age of division, it’s important to remember that Wesley’s movement embodied a diversity of identities united by a God who died for all. Read More

Commentary: Overcoming the brink of schism

With the enormous issues and overwhelming debate on each that confronts The United Methodist Church today, General Conference 2016 has managed to do some holy conferencing. Read More