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‘Why do we fill out these forms?’

Man filling out paper forms

The Rev. John Hice claims the process of creating and completing ministry-related forms does make a difference, even though it may be difficult to see at times.

Addressing denominational tensions

Vine and tendrils

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions

We’ve always done it that way before

Eucharist ready to be served

The Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford encourages us not only to be grateful for the foundational elements of our faith but also to consider new ways to deepen our relationship with… Continue Reading We’ve always done it that way before

It’s complicated

brain neurons

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard challenges us to appreciate complexity as a spiritual practice for maturing Christians.

It’s okay not to be okay

Rev. John Kasper dispels the myth that God won’t love us or be there for us until we get our lives in order and do all the right things.

Shine like the stars

Carina Nebula image from Webb telescope

As an amateur astronomer, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford finds awe in the study of the stars, and encourages us to look to the heavens and live into the expansive love… Continue Reading Shine like the stars

Take a moment or two for joy

Catching fireflies in a mason jar.

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, encourages us to carve out time for joy-filled moments, so that we may have the capacity to care for the world’s pain… Continue Reading Take a moment or two for joy

Cultivate a courageous heart

Sunlight through mountains

How are we to respond when witnessing the painful ways humans treat each other? Naomi García looks within to unlearn passive behavior and to cultivate a courageous heart and grace-filled… Continue Reading Cultivate a courageous heart

Trust the wind, trust what’s next

Photo of Sunfish, Jodie Flessner's sailboat.

Rev. Jodie Flessner takes lessons learned while sailing and finds parallels to our life of faith. Can we let go and trust the winds of the Holy Spirit to raise… Continue Reading Trust the wind, trust what’s next

Thank you, Conference

Jennifer Browne leads worship during the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne writes a heartfelt thank-you note to The Michigan Conference for the spirit of maturity, forbearance, and kindness she witnessed during Annual Conference this year.

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