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Planning new directions for the UMC

Adam Hamilton at UMCNext

Twelve United Methodists from Michigan participated in the UMCNext gathering in Kansas City, exploring possible new directions for The United Methodist Church. 

Annual Conferences focus on future

Voting at Michigan Annual Conference

Many resolutions before annual conferences respond in some way to GC 2019. Delegates are also being elected for GC 2020.

Bishops address a ‘chaotic moment’ in UMC

Bishops Kiesey and Steiner-Ball

The Council of Bishops began its spring meeting May 6 amid conversations around the denomination about possibly splitting the church. 

Bishop considers a ‘wider-angle view’

Bishops praying at General Conference 2019 before the debate begins

Bishop David Bard describes the recent rulings of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church and outlines possible next steps between now and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis.

A joyful journey toward AC 2019

Bishop Bard and Rev. John Boley process during worship

In the May edition of his blog, A Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard remembers his first ever Annual Conference in 1983 and reflects on the upcoming 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.

Outcome of General Conference bittersweet

Those supporting the Traditional Plan say the vote was the best way forward, but it’s not a time for celebration. 

Connectional Table ponders future

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai leds Connectional Table

As conversations happen across The United Methodist Church about possible splits, the Connectional Table wants a place at the table. 

Board of Justice responds to GC 2019

Delegates carry cross in protest

The Michigan Conference Board of Justice laments harm to the LGBTQAI community caused by actions of the 2019 General Conference.

Denomination’s future under discussion

Adam Hamilton at the microphone.

Conversations about the future of The UMC are quietly occurring among leaders after General Conference underscored deep divisions over homosexuality. 

Resources to manage stress

Hand holding a heart.

Some individuals and congregations are coping with stress in the wake of the 2019 General Conference. Here are some resources that may help resolve conflict.

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