Jack Evans, the Rev. William McElvaney and George Harris will be center stage in a March 1 wedding that is, in part, a protest of United Methodist law

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William McElvaney, Social Justice Advocate, Dies at 86

The Rev. William K. McElvaney died Aug. 24 after a lifetime of living out the scripture to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God." more »

Aug 26, 2014 Issues

The Rev. William K. McElvaney

Photo Courtesy of Eric Folkerth

Remembering a Spiritual Giant

The Rev. Bill McElvaney, who died Aug. 24, was a pastor, educator and prophet for whom social justice was an integral part of Christian discipleship. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Views from a Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Global Denomination = 'Global Discipline'?

A consultation on United Methodist ministry brings the Rev. Jim Parsons to a revelation: it makes sense to create a Global Discipline that defines United Methodist identity, but leaves church polity and administration to regional authority. more »

Aug 20, 2014 UMC Global Nature (1 Comments)

Straight Ally? No Problem. White Ally? Uh...

The Rev. Jeremy Smith confesses his own blindness to racism, repents of his insensitivity and calls the church to stand up immediately for justice for all regardless of race or color. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Jeremy Smith

Houston citizens rally in support of Ferguson, Mo., residents.

Photo by Hannah Adair Bonner

Ferguson: This Is No Time to Be Polite

The Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner urges Christians to stand up for racial justice in the wake of a police killing and subsequent demonstrations in Ferguson, MO. more »

Aug 21, 2014 Perspectives

  • ALL the Children

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    And, How Are ALL the Children?

    Daunting as the challenges seem, the gospel of Jesus Christ demands that Christians never resist caring for the welfare of all the world's children, writes the Rev. Brandon Lazarus. more »

  • El Greco Agony of Christ

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    Jesus Died with His Hands Up, Too

    In the shooting death of unarmed black teen-ager Michael Brown, the Rev. Jim Burklo finds echoes of Jesus' Crucifixion that should prompt all Christians to repent of the state of race relations in America. more »

  • The UMC in 2014: It's Deja Vu All Over Again

    The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, a veteran of the Civil Rights era and a companion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reflects on The United Methodist Church's need to address issues of race and sexuality. more »

  • Discipline Cover

    Illustration Courtesy of RMN Blog

    When a Controversy Is No Controversy

    The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre, a Duke Divinity alumnus, contends that the storm about Dean Richard B. Hays' remarks mistakes his quote of the official United Methodist stance for abuse of power. more »

  • Holy Communion

    UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

    Grace, Hope and Mission

    Through the sacrament of Holy Communion, United Methodists are enabled and called to proclaim God's limitless grace even in the midst of the chaos seen recently in Ferguson, Mo., writes the Rev. Lisa Beth White. more »

  • Dr. Pamela Lightsey

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    Why Has the UMC Been Silent on Racism, Ferguson?

    Dr. Pamela Lightsey of UMC-related Boston University School of Theology laments and challenges The United Methodist Church's silence on racism in America, especially recent actions in Ferguson, Mo. more »

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