Michigan looks for a way forward
In February 2019, hundreds of delegates will converge on St. Louis, MO, for a Special Called Session of the General Conference. At stake, may be the future of The United Methodist Church.
While this event may have a significant impact on the future of the global church, here in Michigan, we recently declared that we are "Better Together" in mission and ministry. We have just formed a new annual conference with a new and exciting structure for creating disciples of Jesus Christ. That is not to say our new conference is free of disagreement.
Learning to listen to one another
As Bishop David stated recently, "While most of us like to think of the opinions we hold as well-supported, well-considered and well-argued, we would also do well to acknowledge that in many of the most important things we think about, there is always room for growth and new learning. Often well-considered, well-supported and well-argued opinions become so through shared conversation and dialogue. We should, then, be people who are open to new ideas, to new ways of looking at our lives and our faith, open to conversation and dialogue." In that spirit, Bishop David invites you into a continuing dialog.
UPCOMING LISTENING SESSIONS
- September 25: Hope UMC Connections Campus, Marquette, 7 p.m.
- September 26: TBA
- October 8: Michaelson Memorial UMC, Grayling, 7 p.m.
- October 9: Lake Orion UMC, 7 p.m.
- October 15: Grand Rapids area, location to be determined
- October 16: Detroit area, location to be determined
- October 17: Kalamazoo First UMC, 7 p.m.
- October 21: Northville UMC, 4 p.m.
- October 22: First UMC, Midland, 7 p.m.
- December 6: Area Ministry Center, Lansing, 7 p.m.
- January 2019, TBA