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Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Civil Rights Act: Still relevant

Retired United Methodist Bishop Talbert, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., reflects on the impact of the 1964 law on his life. Read More

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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

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

Commentary: Can our ‘way forward’ be reconciliation?

African clergyman says the “way forward” for The United Methodist Church involves reconciliation. Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Commentary: The rise of Standing Rock through social media

Thanks to social media, Native American communities have been able to tell their own story. Read More

Photo of the Rev. Marty Toepke-Floyd, courtesy of First United Methodist Church, Redfield, S.D.

Commentary: What’s Essential to Living?

Pastor in area affected by the Dakota Access pipeline weighs the conflict between modern society’s oil needs and humanity’s clean water needs. Read More