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What to fear this Halloween

Halloween in Marquette

As churches in communities around Michigan host Trunk or Treat events, the Rev. Jack Harnish defends the celebration of Halloween and encourages folks to look for evil where it truly resides.

Ebony bishops demand a voice

Ebony Bishop co-chair

The Ebony Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for African American clergy and laity to have a voice in The United Methodist Church’s future.

A prophet for today

Bible, cross, and cup. Tools of a prophet.

Not every prophet lived in Bible Times. Prophetic voices have spoken throughout the ages right up to the present day. The Rev. Jack Harnish speaks of Methodist with a voice for peace and justice, E. Stanley Jones.

Scholars gather for ‘Post Way Foward’ forum

Scholars gather

Thirty-six United Methodist scholars will be in Dallas August 7-8 to discuss next steps for the UMC. Watch at home or join others to become  informed and to shape the conversation.

Thoughts on the Bard-Jones Plan

Sketch artist captures the plan of General Conference.

Rev. Chris Ritter says of the Bard-Jones Plan, “They want to end our impasse by providing a means of separation.”  

Splinter or schism ahead?

Woman praying at St. Louis General Conference.

Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The author says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences.

Reflections on personal space

Poppleton Methodist Church in England in a space where John Wesley preached.

Personal space can have a “profound impact on who we are and how we relate to the world,” says the Rev. Glenn Wagner reflecting on a recent trip to England.

What does Wesley teach us?

What would John Wesley teach us today?

What does John Wesley teach United Methodists today on how to live and serve with fellow Methodists with varying opinions? The Rev. Steven W. Manskar, talks about “Christian perfection.”

Many voices address UMC future

Bluebonnets in field.

The current issue of Circuit Rider Magazine offers ten perspectives concerning possibilities for the UMC future plus some practical counsel.

Coming home to grace, hope, and love

Home coming during registration at the Michigan Annual Conference

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai chairs the UMC’s Connectional Table. She shares about rich connections she experienced at her home Annual Conference.

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