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Commentary: Threat of schism hangs over jubilee of church

The constitution of The United Methodist Church faces a critical test, the Rev. William B. Lawrence and Sally Curtis AsKew write in an essay about the crisis facing the denomination. Read More

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Commentary: Rescuing Outler’s ‘Visions and Dreams’

Scholar says the late Rev. Albert Outler’s famous Uniting Conference address has been misinterpreted. Read More

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Commentary: Open for (church) business

The Rev. Chappell Temple writes about closed meetings in The United Methodist Church and the need for transparency in conducting church business. Read More

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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. Lloyd T. Nyarota, UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Commentary: Mission of the church as our Way Forward

Mission should be the driving force as the church moves toward the special called 2019 General Conference. Read More

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#MeToo and The United Methodist Church

As other professions grapple with realities of sexual harassment and misconduct, a clergywoman explains how these problems have affected The United Methodist Church. Read More

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Commentary: Church separation calmly considered

Practicalities of denominational division up could have `deeply adverse’ effects, writes the Rev. Ted A. Campbell in a commentary about possible schism of The United Methodist Church. 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