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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

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

The Rev. Donald E. Messer, global consultant for the United Methodist Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, speaks to the Council of Bishops, during its May meeting in Berlin. Messer edited “Celebrating God’s Love,” which includes essays by bishops and other United Methodists on living into Christian unity and promoting positive interreligious relationships. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications

Stay united, strengthen interfaith ties, book says

Editor Donald Messer worries talk of schism over sexuality will undermine the denomination’s interfaith friendships. Read More

The Rev. Rob Renfroe. Photo courtesy of Good News

Group to bishops: Enforce rules on homosexuality

Traditionalists say proposed “amicable separation” for The United Methodist Church is off the table for now. Read More

What unites us

From ministries of compassion to our faith in Jesus Christ, Mike Coyner invites us to focus on our commonalities rather than our differences. Read More

Church members pray over the Rev. Adam Hamilton. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Hamilton: Church homosexuality law needs ‘local option’

A well-known United Methodist pastor and author looks for way to hold the denomination together amid tensions. Read More

Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Poll: Making disciples tops sexuality as church priority

A survey of United Methodists found sexual orientation and same-gender marriage ranked eighth in importance among issues facing the church. Read More

The 2010 U.S. Census data helps United Methodist  church leaders know the people in their community. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Accompanies UMNS story #054. 3/22/11.

Updated: North Georgia clergy, laity take stand against schism

More than 580 have signed the covenant for unity, amid disagreements about homosexuality and other issues. Read More

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