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Musician keeps heritage alive

Musician James Story at piano

Since his great-grandmother’s funeral, musician James W. Story’ mission has been to keep African American spirituals relevant for future generations.

Take time to live our mission

Time for mission

United Methodists have a mission statement but do they have the time and the understanding to take disciple-making and world-transforming seriously? Glenn Wagner says, “Yes!”

Poems to begin the New Year

Poems include What Star would You follow?

The Rev. Jack Amick, Director of Global Migration for The United Methodist Committee on Relief, offers eight poems that reflect on acts of faithfulness and compassion in our present age.

New prayer for the New Year

Praying at dawn

The posture of prayer is the subject of this reflection by Rev. Dave Barnhart, who suggests that praying is an activity that engages the whole body and spirit.

Bethlehem from different angles

Looking at the angles of travel to Bethlehem

Did you attend a Christmas pageant this season? How close do you think those bathrobe-clad actors came to capturing the royal birth in Bethlehem? Rev. Glenn Wagner takes us back to that first Christmas.

About poinsettias, our Christmas flower

Lovely red poinsettias

In the United States, we call them poinsettias. In Mexico, they are known as La Flor de Nochebuena. Learn more about the symbolism of the Christmas flower.

Feeling the holiday tension

Tension over ugly sweaters

Family gatherings and traditions can sometimes cause tension. This pastor reminds us that Jesus was not without family baggage himself.

Grandparenting is grand indeed!

Grandparenting includes neighbor kids

Now in a new role of “Poppa,” the Rev. Glenn Wagner takes a practical and biblical look at what it means to join the ranks of the 70 million people grandparenting in the U.S. today.

A trip to the Lord’s Mountain

Lord's Mountain computer lab

Lord’s Mountain Orphanage in Zambia is an EngageMI ministry partner. Buildings were constructed by gifts of the West Michigan Conference. Hope is built by God’s love.

Recovery from wildfires takes love

United Methodist responses to the annual wildfires in California include immediate help and longer-term efforts to tend to the needs of those who’ve been through traumatic events.

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