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Conferencing as a means of grace

Bishop leading discussion

In this conferencing season, says Bishop David Bard, may we strive to become conduits of God’s grace for one another.

Deacons gain sacramental authority

Deacons at an event

Rev. Sue Pethoud reviews the passing of significant General Conference legislation impacting how deacons serve the church.

Witnessing the dawn of a new day

Sunrise over the city of Charlotte

As a monitor for the General Commission on Religion and Race at General Conference, Rev. Jerry DeVine examines the historic event and wonders how the UMC will live into connectionalism… Continue Reading Witnessing the dawn of a new day

‘May we not love alike?’

People holding hands and singing

We are finding new ways to live in the Wesleyan spirit, says Bishop David Bard as he reflects on a General Conference unlike any other he has attended.

Will we go to where the people are?

Migrant children holding water bottles

Rev. Dwayne Bagley, superintendent of the Greater Southwest District, illustrates how churches in his district are compelled to take the gospel into their communities.

Trust in the risen Christ

Shalom Gate at HAPI in Haiti

With the humanitarian crisis in Haiti in mind, Bishop David Bard asks us to live out our resurrection faith and labor for a more peaceful and just world.

Casting our nets in faith

Man casting a fishing net into water

Rev. Margie Crawford, superintendent of the East Winds District, gives an update on a new Lenten mission opportunity her district started.

Awaiting resurrection


Looking toward Easter, Bishop David Bard says evil causes us to yearn for a new world where hunger is a memory and war is ancient history.

Living out our connectionalism

People locking arms

Rev. John Kasper, superintendent of the Central Bay District, highlights a new district initiative called Connexion Zones, where pastors and churches collaborate and partner together.

Learning and then loving rightly

Open book with pages folded in shape of heart

Reflecting on Black History Month, Bishop David Bard encourages us to do our part in cultivating hearts and souls that love more deeply and intelligently.

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