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Carrying the light of Advent

Tea candles carrying Christ's light.

Dwayne Bagley shares a lesson, from his days at Albion United Methodist Church. Carrying the light of God’s love into the world may be messy but it is what humans are called to do.

Advent Offering shines light

Light enters life through prayer.

Advent begins Dec. 1. Bishop Bard reminds us God’s promised light is coming into the world through Christ once again. Help dispel the darkness with a gift to Disaster Recovery.

Advent gifts heal disasters’ pain

Heal hurts from disaster with UMCOR

Again this Advent, Bishop David Bard asks The Michigan Conference to help heal human suffering with generous contributions to disaster recovery efforts both around the world and across the state.

District dialogue: now what?

Prayer flags march through the 2019 General Conference.

The Rev. Dwayne Bagley watched the livestream of the 2019 General Conference and ponders what’s next for the people called Methodist.

The fire next time

Children at a Climate Vigil at the 2016 General Conference

Advent is a time to focus on how humans have failed in the God-given duty to care for God’s creation.

Finding faith in the Nutcracker

Ballet Dancers performing The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a seasonal favorite, but a United Methodist pastor says we can see it in a new way through the lens of faith.

Advent-Christmas music quiz

We listen. We hum. We sing along. But how much do we know about our favorite songs of the season? 

All is calm?

Girl gazing at Advent candle

On this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Alan Bard considers the true focus of Advent. He encourages each person to “let your soul rest in the amazing Love of God.”

2018 Advent gifts offer hope

Woman removing storm debris.

Bishop David Bard encourages The Michigan Conference to share hope and love this Advent season through generous contributions to UMCOR’s disaster relief efforts around the world and across the state. 

Christ is King … or not

Mosaic of Christ the King in Sicily

“Are you King of the Jews?” Jack Harnish ponders Pilate’s question on the day known as Christ the King Sunday.