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Picking up the pieces

Bishop and delegates pick up pieces

Rev. Paul Perez remembers picking up pieces of a broken chalice at the 2004 General Conference. Pittsburgh’s memories inform his thoughts on the “breaking point” The United Methodist Church has arrived at today.

Holding it together

Strands of rope holding together

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop Bard considers what scripture, poets, and everyday experience reveal about the challenges of holding it together.

God’s people wear big ears

Man with ears open

The Rev. John Hice, superintendent of The East Winds District, recalls words of wisdom from Bishop Ivan Abrahams, spoken in 2007. “I hope that the churches will have big ears.” Listening is still important today.

Doing our best for God

Love of God and neighbor in Milan.

The fourth in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. LuAnn Rourke shares how God and the Heritage District, have “figured it out”

Celebrate the bounty of diversity

Grafting for diversity

February is Black History Month. Here are resources for churches that seek to be intentional about diversity.

Follow the way of love

Invited to love

Lent is a time to focus on spiritual disciplines. Bishop David Bard calls Michigan United Methodists to intentional focus on the discipline of love through patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, and humility.

‘Every valley shall be exalted’

Woman on cliff overlooking valley.

A side trip during a tour of the Holy Land was a highlight for the Rev. Margie Crawford. Her time in the valley taught her something about faith for today’s struggle.

Getting free of COVID-19

COVID-19 shot

Reflecting on vaccine hesitancy in African American communities, the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai calls for trust and encourages others to join her in rolling up their sleeves to be free of COVID-19.

Under pressure!

Social distancing and masking is added pressure for youth ministry.

Are you under pressure to plan this new year “like normal”? Christy Miller White encourages persons to reimagine ministry in the face of continued uncertainty of life during the pandemic.

Hearing the voices of Baldwin and King

Bishop Bard with two albums of speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a video shared on January 18, 2021, Bishop David Bard asks the church to listen to the voices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Baldwin and “to other Black and Brown voices that are also calling us forward.”