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‘We are open for such a time’

Children getting health care from staff

Four United Methodist mission partners in Haiti give updates and encourage churches to continue support amid the current humanitarian crisis.

Meet our GC delegates, part 4

General Conference delegation

This week, we meet the last four General Conference delegates as they prepare for the big denominational gathering in Charlotte.

Vorbrich lives out calling as lawyer

Vorbrich volunteering at school

At age five, he dressed up as a lawyer for career day. Today, Andy Vorbrich dons his suit as an attorney in Kalamazoo and chancellor of The Michigan Conference.

Leading with head and heart

Psychologist being thanked for service

Dr. Michael Comer’s gift to the church has been assessing the personality traits of pastoral leaders with curiosity and compassion.

Start the year with the Holy Spirit

Dove symbolizes Holy Spirit

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… Continue Reading Start the year with the Holy Spirit

UMW’s new wineskins for new times

New wineskins for UMW

“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.

Conferences plan hybrid events

Themes of several conferences

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.

AC 2021 offering will change lives

HAPI to receive 45% of conference offering

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.

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.

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