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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.

New Advent resource for families

Small candle with pine boughs

Families often dread the frenetic race to Christmas. This new online resource keeps the focus on the coming of Christ.

Celebrating Advent with your kids

Mother doing Christmas crafts with children

Can’t face making another gingerbread house?? UMCOM offers ways for families to keep Jesus the focus of the Advent season this year.

More hymns for Advent season

Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem

Advent starts December 2nd. If you want to preserve the integrity of the season in song, here are five Advent hymns set to more familiar Christmas tunes.

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