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Special Michigan AC called in March

Members to vote in Special Session

A special session of the Michigan Annual Conference is being called on March 7, 2020, by Bishop David Bard, to consider forwarding Protocol legislation on to the 2020 General Conference.

Life in interesting times

Bishop Bard at GC 2019

Interesting times call for out of the ordinary actions. Bishop David Bard recalls a conference speaker’s words about a “liminal season,” as he explains the reasons for a special annual conference session.

Help your congregation be ready

Pray. Study. Serve. Give. These are ways your congregation can prepare for General Conference 2020, meeting in Minneapolis, May 5-15.

Love of UMC moved plan forward

Panel discusses the plan for separation

A panel of United Methodists and their chief mediator, Kenneth Feinberg, explain how the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation plan was formed. Read more and view the video here.

‘The Plan’ … our leaders comment

A plan supported by prayer

Four Michigan Conference leaders — Bishop David Bard, Rev. Benton Heisler, Laura Witkowski, and Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai — offer their initial responses to the separation plan announced on January 3rd.

Social Principles head to GC2020

Woman gets her head into her work on social principles.

The Social Principles now head to General Conference for approval after eight years of study, writing, and reflection. They are a significant expression of the Wesleyan commitment to social holiness.

Take a deep breath

Beginning of a deep year

“If I was still a local church pastor,” says Rev. Jack Harnish, “I would tell my congregation something like this from the pulpit this morning. ‘Take a deep breath.’”

Leaders offer separation plan

Leaders who offer separation plan

On January 3rd, a diverse, 16-member team of church leaders, offered a separation proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination.

US membership dips below majority

Chart shows shift in majority

United Methodist leaders project that at the present time at least half of the denomination lives outside the United States. However, the US delegates to GC 2020  remain in the majority.

Social world, dynamic principles

A revised statement of United Methodist Social Principles is headed to the 2020 General Conference. The Rev. John Boley compares the current and the new expressions of Wesleyan social piety.

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