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The Joyful Journey

Loom with colorful threads

In this month’s blog, The Joyful Journey, Bishop David A. Bard remembers a Grammy-winning song and views the 2019 General Conference as a tapestry rich in the love of God.

Michigan delegates get ready to act

Jackie Euper at the 2016 General Conference In Portland, OR

The third in a four-part series. The special session of the General Conference convenes in St. Louis, Missouri February 23-26, 2019. Michigan Conference delegate Jackie Euper is praying and preparing. 

Panel identifies 78 petitions for action

Committee determining legislative agenda for 2019 General Conference

A Committee on Reference has ruled on which petitions will be considered at the special session of the General Conference meeting February 23-26, 2019.

UMC’s top five stories in 2018

Members of the Commission on A Way Forward mingle

The struggle to hold The United Methodist Church together despite longstanding division over homosexuality was the denomination’s top news story of 2018.

Bishops launch ‘One Church Plan’ site

United Methodist bishops celebrating unity

United Methodist bishops say they want to provide information to help delegates preparing for the 2019 General Conference. Since its introduction the new site has received both pushback and support.

WCA plans next steps

Closing Communion at Wesley Covenant Association Assembly Nov. 3, 2018

The Wesley Covenant Association’s 2,500 members held their first global legislative assembly on November 2, 2018 and passed four resolutions.

One Church ‘largely constitutional’

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey before Judicial Council

A Judicial Council review of possible plans for the future direction of The UMC found One Church Plan largely constitutional.

Court assesses constitutionality

2016 Book of Discipline

Top court urged during hearing to rule in advance on constitutionality of legislation to come before special 2019 General Conference.

Talking about the future of The UMC

Bishop Bard leading conversation

Bishop David Bard invites all Michigan clergy and laity to join him for Connectional Conversations focused on the three plans that could shape the future of The United Methodist Church.

UMs voice questions about future

Bishop David Graves addresses group around three church plans

United Methodists are turning out in force for conference meetings aimed at informing people about the special 2019 General Conference. 

The Michigan Conference