The United Methodist Church is struggling to maintain the increasingly tenuous bonds that hold together this global denomination of more than 12 million members.
Amid protest, song and fears of a denominational breakup, United Methodists at their quadrennial General Conference decided yet again not to decide anything regarding LGBT rights.
Essay: My vocation was not to be a Maryknoll missionary or a monk, but something else.
Soul Seeing: The last time I saw my brother in the flesh was three years ago, in his den, just before summer; we talked about hawks and love.
At the Intersection: The saying "Only what you do for Christ will last" checks motivation, inhibits envy and disrupts discord.
Take and Read: St. Augustine's churning, restless ponderings swept me through the narrative, but my truest point of encounter was yet to come.
We might think of Pentecost Sunday as something like the church's Fourth of July celebration. It's not just the attention-getting sound, the pyrotechnics and the excitement, but the here-comes-everybody reunion of a multinational crowd of folks who all heard a message and allowed themselves to get caught up in its power.
NCR Today: Gabriella, a young Muslim woman, is the new character -- and new adviser -- in "Francis, the comic strip."
A small c catholic: Catholic writers have focused on the question of why suffering exists in the world if God is good and loving.
The United Methodist Church General Conference convenes once every four years to make policy decisions and set the direction for the denomination. They'll consider 1,043 proposals in their legislation system.