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Carrying the light of Advent

Tea candles carrying Christ's light.

Dwayne Bagley shares a lesson, from his days at Albion United Methodist Church. Carrying the light of God’s love into the world may be messy but it is what humans are called to do.

Social world, dynamic principles

A revised statement of United Methodist Social Principles is headed to the 2020 General Conference. The Rev. John Boley compares the current and the new expressions of Wesleyan social piety.

Feeding God’s people

Feeding neighbors with a Food Box

The Rev. Jerome Devine thanks Michigan congregations for the many generous ways they are loving and feeding their hungry neighbors.

A legacy of gratitude and generosity

A legacy of kindness and pie

In this season of thanksgiving, the Rev. Benton Heisler gives thanks for the legacy he has received from his farming family and his loving God. Grandmother’s poem shaped his life.

A song of hope for a crazy world

Song features a baby duck

Admitting that the times we live in can be terrifying, Bishop David Bard turns to a Country Western song and a poem to wish The Michigan Area a blessed Thanksgiving.

Fall wind brings new beginnings

New beginnings for a cedar tree

The Michigan Conference Lay Leader reflects on the life of trees and the life of churches. She encourages congregations in transition to consider The New Beginnings program.

Reclaiming spiritual intimacy

BIblical intimacy requires quiet

Reflecting on the life and writing of Rachel Held Evans, the Rev. John Boley urges individuals to study the Bible with a deeper sense of spiritual intimacy.

The blessings of life

Blessings of being Papa

Benton Heisler tells the story of a Saturday, with grandson Weston, filled with many blessings. “The beauty of our day centered on enjoying the relationship we have with each other.”

Our calling in Christ continues

Amy Mayo Moyle introduces legislation Bishop Bard continues to interpret

Bishop David Bard brings into clearer focus some aspirational actions taken by the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference, as the journey toward GC2020 continues to move forward.

Help dismantle the ‘invisible wall’

JFON invites people to tear down the "invisible"wall

While “the wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border is often in the news, there is an “invisible wall” that is also being built, block by block, to restrict legal pathways for those entering this country. Here’s how to help take it down.

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