Using a Peace with Justice grant, the Phone Ministry Project of First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI distributed cell phones and service to over 100 of their homeless neighbors.
Michigan pastors see signs of hope even as the pandemic hangs on. Centered in Christ, they are partnering with laypersons in their congregations to “build a new kind of church.”
“We remember Dr. King as a dreamer of a renewed American dream,” says Bishop David Bard, with emphasis on “our moral responsibility to be intelligent.”
The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s (WCA) plan to assist some United Methodists, mostly in Africa, with getting COVID-19 vaccinations has been denounced by Central Conference bishops.
The Rev. Paul Perez says, “I’m not a fan of January.” He turns to scripture and finds words of grace that lift the spirit. “You are one of God’s beloveds and nothing can separate God from what God loves.”
“We are making new wine and new wineskins to fulfill our role in God’s mission,” says Yvette Moore, a leader in the global United Methodist Women.
Race and LGBTQ inclusiveness are among top issues on the agenda of virtual annual conferences taking place across the U.S. and around the world.
There is no actual offering plate at a virtual annual conference. However, Michigan United Methodists are invited to make contributions that will support our covenant partners in Haiti and Liberia.
Appointments are being made. Transitions are beginning. This virtual workshop on April 17, 10 am to noon, will help pastors and congregational leadership prepare for healthy goodbyes and hellos.
Noting that people’s responses to COVID-19 vaccination fall on a spectrum, the Rev. Paul Perez plans to be vaccinated and encourages others to do so, too.