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