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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: Desert encroachment in Nigeria

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

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

Commentary: Christian ethics in volatile times

What should a United Methodist do when there is a conflict between church law and moral conscience? The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens looks at past answers to that question. 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

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

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