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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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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 of Ginny Underwood.

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

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

The Rev. Junius Dotson.

After divisive election, pastors can help heal

United Methodism is a big tent filled with Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and progressives, often within the same local church. Read More

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