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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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Priscilla Pope-Levison traveled to the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in England for her summer vacation. This 1892 edition of Tongues of Fire was among the journals she studied to gain insight into Britain’s Wesleyan/Holiness movement. Photo courtesy Geordan Hammond

She spent vacation in Wesleyan archives

A scholar went to England and happily immersed herself in documents illuminating role of women in Wesleyan/Holiness movement. Read More

North Carolina Bishop Paul L. Leeland calls for residents to become partners and peacemakers after a deadly police shooting recently in Charlotte, NC. Photo by the Rev. Anita Mays.

North Carolina bishop calls for “partners and peacemakers”

"It is my prayer we might behave in such a way as to embrace Jesus’ teaching 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’” Read More

Methodism ‘a big tent’ from its beginnings

John Wesley’s movement generally has made space for multiple theological views, writes historian. That history can inform the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

The Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth

Maintaining the church in a chaotic time

In an open letter, the president of Lifewatch writes about the need for a doctrine of the church, or ecclesiology, as the Commission on a Way Forward begins. Read More

A time to save lives and do justice

United Methodist pastor writes, “We must focus on those most vulnerable and ask why their presence conjures up so much fear and violence.” Read More

Scott Gilpin is the Executive Director of Fund Development for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

How to respond to a crisis: Do something!

Scott Gilpin writes about his experiences at the September 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and his suggestions on how we should respond to crises. Read More

Commentary: Conferences progress toward LGBTQ equality

Matt Berryman writes that annual conference votes built on the General Conference action are moving the denomination toward full inclusion of LGBTQ. Read More

The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht is vice president and general manager of Good News, an unofficial United Methodist renewal group. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Thomas Lambrecht.

Commentary: Widening the church’s sexuality divide

General Conference hit pause on the sexuality debate, but the Rev. Thomas Lambrecht writes that votes by some United Methodist annual conferences move toward schism. Read More

Bishop Mike Coyner. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Another Day, Another Shooting

"We must not be apathetic. We must not get used to all of this violence. We must be peace-makers, especially in our faith communities," writes Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner. Read More

Farmers (many of them Lumads) stage a die-in protest along General Santos-Cotabato national highway in Koronadal City, Philippines, to raise their demand to the government for the immediate release of calamity funds and justice to the farmers of North Cotabato who were violently dispersed last April 1 in Kidapawan City.

Commentary: GC2016 will hear Lumad plight

The Lumads, indigenous peoples in the Philippines, are on a pilgrimage in the United States to tell their stories of struggle and hope. Read More