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Breathe, work, pray

George Floyd mural

After the conviction of Derek Chauvin on April 20, Bishop David Bard says, “There is much work to be done. Today we breathe a little easier as we witness justice.”

Shared mission expands connection

Cass Community Social Services has connection with community through Vaccine Clinic

John Wesley taught that faith is meant to be practiced together. United Methodists’ shared mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world expands our connection.

No! We are NOT able!

Lewis and Clark were able to reach the west coast in two years.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne reflects on the hymn, “Are Ye Able,” and concludes, “I don’t feel able … certainly not by myself.”

African bishops consider UMC future

Samuel Quire among African bishops

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., Liberia Conference, is among African bishops considering a relationship with other traditionalists if the UMC splits over theological differences on human sexuality.

New life through healthy transitions

Transitions can have thorny spots

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.

Thoughts on choosing vaccination

Vaccination and lab tech

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.

UMCOR hanging tough, moving forward

UMCOR supported work in Louisiana Hurricane Relief.

For the past year, natural disasters have run concurrently with coronavirus, complicating rescue and recovery efforts. UMCOR head Roland Ferdandes says, “The struggles in some ways brought people closer together.”

A look back at 2020

2020 flood

This month-by-month review of 2020 in The Michigan Conference reports many challenges of COVID-19. It also tells the story of how God’s people met those challenges with determination and grace.

Finding hope in the darkness

Candle of Hope

“When the time is the darkest, that is when the light of hope is the strongest,” says the Rev. John Boley. Advent 2020 is time to reflect on the difference between hope and optimism.

Native American Ministries celebrated

Native Americans celebrated in Standish

There are eight Native American churches in Michigan that sink their roots deep into Methodist heritage. They stretch from Bradley and Salem in the south to Zeba in the north.