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Hard realities and beautiful dreams

Light shines on dreams

We may be exhausted, but United Methodists can still dream dreams of new life.  The Rev. Paul Perez, new Director of Connectional Ministry for The Michigan Conference, offers hope.

Make change part of your church DNA

Change your DNA

The REACH Summit on Oct. 24 is the beginning of a year-long relationship of ongoing support through a REACH Network Group or coaching. Serious about change? Register now.

A call to United Methodist laity

Laity called to flower

The following is an open letter to laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLLC). It is a reminder of Jesus’ Great Commandment during this troubled time.

God is making things new

Butterfly symbolizes God is present

We live in challenging times, says the Rev. Scott Harmon. He encourages churches to be ready for transformation as they follow the Holy Spirit into the new thing that God is doing in our midst.

Time to wade into the waves

Man wading in waves

Ten years ago the Heisler family spent time in the waves of Lake Michigan. Much has changed but individuals and congregations continue to ride the waves of change. “Put on your gear!”

Picking the fruit of kindness

picking fruit

The Rev. Benton Heisler invites pastors and laity to stay focused on our common mission as we approach the Virtual 2020 Michigan Annual Conference.

Lay leader praises adaptive change

Anne Soles, Lay Leader West Michigan, and John Wharton, Lay Leader Detroit conferences.

“We bicycle forward. Nothing is standing still,” says Michigan Lay Leader Anne Soles. She surveys the changes taking place in the church and the nation.

On the road toward change

Cloud points road to change

A dead-end road taught the Rev. Glenn Wagner “an important lesson about myself and about human nature in general that I never forgot.”

A week that changes lives

Kids at camp for a week

Benton Heisler invites participation in Michigan’s conference and affiliate camps. Go to camp for a week. Support a camper. Volunteer. You’ll change a  life or two, perhaps your own.

Remember the essentials

Robin in nest

As we move toward Easter and the promise of new life, the Rev. Benton Heisler encourages all to keep focused on the essentials that unite us in God through Jesus Christ.