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An Independence Day prayer

Celebrate Independence Day 2010

Like everything else in this summer of 2020, Independence Day will not be observed in the usual ways. Take this opportunity to pray for God’s people and their leaders.

Ridiculous ‘logic’ of white supremacy

Scripture denies white supremacy

“It seems to me that the first Civil War never ended, at least not in our hearts,” says the Rev. Chris Momany as he denounces the durability of white supremacy throughout American history.

A theology of anger

Demonstrations based on grief and anger

The Rev. John Boley suggests that recognizing the grief behind the anger of protests happening across the U.S. may provide new understanding and the way forward for change.

Lay leader praises adaptive change

Anne Soles, Lay Leader West Michigan, and John Wharton, Lay Leader Detroit conferences.

“We bicycle forward. Nothing is standing still,” says Michigan Lay Leader Anne Soles. She surveys the changes taking place in the church and the nation.

Five wise ways to make hard decisions

Facing hard decisions

Now, more than ever, life requires that we make significant decisions. Daily. Our choices are often complicated and come with consequences. How can we cope?

Owning the disaster of racism

agree to combat racism

The Rev. Benton Heisler lifts the mission of The Michigan Conference as a means of aligning attention and resources in the long-haul battle against racism.

Prophets, pastors, politics, & pandemics

Jesus had a heart for justice and politics

In this month’s Joyful Journey blog, Bishop David Bard, with heart broken open, talks about the appropriate place of politics in our decision making about coronavirus and actions against racism.

Speaking in new tongues at Pentecost

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Bishop David Bard reflects on the coronavirus pandemic and catastrophic flooding in this Pentecost message to the Michigan Conference.

‘The Ultimate Gift’

The ultimate gift doesn't come in a box.

“The Ultimate Gift” is about vulnerability and loss. That makes it a good movie to watch during this Stay-Home-Stay-Safe time.

People are NOT ‘human capital stock’

Humans are people not stock syas Rev. Chris Momany

The Rev. Chris Momany reflects on the sacred worth of all persons after hearing an economist  refer to millions of Americans as “human capital stock.”

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