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Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Star over Bethlehem

In this Advent edition of Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard encourages us to open our hearts, our lives, and our communities so Jesus can show up in us and through… Continue Reading Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Holy conferencing in a time of unknowing

Church meeting

Through deep listening and holy conversation, three Michigan United Methodist congregations have been meeting to discern whether they will remain United Methodist or choose to disaffiliate.

Being the church while it’s under construction

As we continue to face the uncertainty of The United Methodist Church’s future, Rev. Dwayne Bagley asks us to rely on God’s faithfulness and respond with faithfulness in return.

Grassroots resolutions point toward UMC’s future

Delegates standing in protest

Three resolutions were overwhelmingly supported by the five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church, signaling a new way forward as the church looks toward the 2024 General Conference and… Continue Reading Grassroots resolutions point toward UMC’s future

Three takeaways from NCJ Conference

Two people laughing

The Rev. Paul Perez, clergy delegate, lists three important takeaways from last week’s North Central Jurisdictional Conference that every Michigan United Methodist should pay attention to.

African bishops condemn advocacy groups

African bishops meet during a retreat.

In a statement released September 8, African bishops have called for unity in The United Methodist Church while condemning traditionalist advocacy groups looking to break up the denomination.

Addressing denominational tensions

Vine and tendrils

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions

5 UMC story lines to follow this fall

Pen, pad of paper, and magnifying glass

Dr. David W. Scott, United Methodist mission theologian, highlights these five United Methodist news story lines related to the future of the denomination to watch as we move into fall.

Church court clarifies property-transfer rules

Book of Discipline

The Judicial Council clarified church law related to the transfer of property, ruling that Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline cannot be used as a pathway to disaffiliate from… Continue Reading Church court clarifies property-transfer rules

Conferences diverge in handling church exits

Roads splitting

Disaffiliation decisions have been passed down to the annual conference level, and each U.S. annual conference is trying to balance providing gracious exists for congregations wishing to leave and serving… Continue Reading Conferences diverge in handling church exits

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