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The peace that passes

Christmas lights up close

Members of a growing Michigan Conference Contemplative Cohort invite you to spend Fridays in Advent exploring a form of contemplative prayer. This week, Rev. Greg Lawton invites us into the… Continue Reading The peace that passes

New online-only church charts new territory

Recording online church service

Tapestry, the Michigan Conference’s first online-only congregation, launched in October with the hope of creating a new community for Christ.

Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Star over Bethlehem

In this Advent edition of Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard encourages us to open our hearts, our lives, and our communities so Jesus can show up in us and through… Continue Reading Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Finding sacred spaces of hope

Sacred space with various items

Members of a growing Michigan Conference Contemplative Cohort invite you to spend Fridays in Advent exploring a form of contemplative prayer. This week, Lisa Batten encourages us to create sacred… Continue Reading Finding sacred spaces of hope

Holy conferencing in a time of unknowing

Church meeting

Through deep listening and holy conversation, three Michigan United Methodist congregations have been meeting to discern whether they will remain United Methodist or choose to disaffiliate.

Disaster relief updates, furnace needs in Detroit

Cleaning kit rally volunteers

Michigan disaster relief updates include a final report on the October cleaning kit rally and a call for financial assistance to replace flood-damaged furnaces in Detroit and for volunteers to… Continue Reading Disaster relief updates, furnace needs in Detroit

JFON Metro Detroit office has new home

Church members

The Metro Detroit office of Justice for Our Neighbors-Michigan recently moved from Beverly Hills UMC to Dearborn: First UMC.

Jue gives thanks for AU, pays it forward

Group of Africa University students

Rev. Jennifer Jue recently traveled to celebrate Africa University’s 30th anniversary as a donor of an endowed scholarship for women studying theology.

Church helps resettle 121 Afghan refugees

Two men building furniture

Over the course of a year, Birmingham and Berkley First UMC helped furnish 34 homes that now house 121 Afghan refugees in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Still the School of Dreams in the Valley of Hope

Flags in front of building

In this guest blog, Bishop Laurie Haller traces the birth of the dream that is Africa University on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

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