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Going deeper in cultural understanding

Multicultural awareness

It is important to move from a monocultural to an intercultural mindset. These resources help one go deeper in cultural understanding of self and others.

Keep moving with new rhythm in the new year

Run into New Year

Though 2022 is not starting as the “new new year we were hoping for,” Bishop David Bard encourages Michigan United Methodists to “keep moving” in the direction of God’s grace.

US-2 listens like a shepherd

US-2 speaks of shepherds

US-2 Shiree Fetterly moved from Michigan to Florida to serve God’s people. She says, “God is shaping me, getting me ready for the next step, and this adventure is such a peaceful, mind-blowing journey.” 

Counting down to Christmas

Advent calendar before Christmas

Pandemic or not, the Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford encourages all of us to continue the countdown to Christmas with hope in our hearts.

The wonder of Christmas

Wonder of Advent for a child

There have been some bright spots of wonder in these months of pandemic. For Annette Erbes, those include “the unexpected gift of quality time with children.”

Acting as ‘the third person’

Angelic person

Bishop Laurie Haller talks about an unseen presence or “third person” who serves as a guide or a guardian in times when we need one the most. We can be that for others.

Act for a better world this Advent

Jesus came into the world through Mary

The Rev. Paul Perez invites us to hope the world, “will truly be turned upside down and inside out by God’s love,” during this Advent season of 2021.

Always now and not yet

Now celebrate the light

Now is the time to remember that Christmas “light, grace, hope, joy, peace, and love will soon arrive into the world, break into it and break through all that might get in the way.”

‘The earth is the Lord’s’

Earth and water in Charlevoix

When it comes to creation, the Rev. John Hice calls for mindfulness, saying, “Can’t we often ask ourselves, ‘How does this thing I’m doing help or hurt God’s earth?’”

NCJ Conf takes bold steps forward

NCJ approves Covenant for BeLoved Community

In the spirit of Isaiah, the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional officer of The UMC, reflects on the covenant made by the delegates to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference.