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Praise to God comes first

Man giving praise for new day

“Faith is something that precedes an answer to a battle or a crisis,” says the Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr. He calls us to praise our God, who is good even in challenging times.

Clergy asked, ‘And are you still alive?’

Alive In Christ. Tania Dozeman ordained Elder.

It was not the typical Service of Recognition, Commissioning, and Ordination held on June 8. But the celebration that took place at Troy Historic Village confirmed, we ARE yet alive.

Psalms alive at AC 2021

Conference teacher and preacher Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson

From June 3 to June 6, 2021, the Virtual Michigan Annual Conference traveled through a strange land toward a new day singing songs of joy, peace, justice, courage, and hope.

Conference ponders ‘Why we sing’

John Wesley describes how we sing

Worship is always a highlight at any session of the annual conference. When the focus is on, “Singing the Lord’s Song, to sing, preach, and pray are especially vital, even when online.

Greetings from Bishop David Bard

Greetings from the bishop

“We continue to traverse a new land and live in a strange time,” said Bishop David Bard in opening greetings to the 2021 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference. He added, “In the grace of Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit, may we learn once again how to sing the Lord’s song.”

A journey toward ordination

Ordination on horizon

Tania Dozeman shares some “random thoughts about the experience of a second career person’s journey toward ordination at the end of a pandemic as the UMC faces a split.”

Connecting with your whole self

COnnecting with nature

Yoga is only one way of connecting with self. Whitney Simpson suggests practices that “help you more fully discover the person God created.”

No! We are NOT able!

Lewis and Clark were able to reach the west coast in two years.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne reflects on the hymn, “Are Ye Able,” and concludes, “I don’t feel able … certainly not by myself.”

God’s dream for no gun violence

No gun in the peaceable kingdom

The prophet Isaiah celebrates God’s vision for peace. The Rev. Glenn Wagner contrasts that with the “seemingly endless cycle of gun violence in the U.S. “

Deacon engages volunteers in mission

Deacon Sue Pethoud with kits

Deacon Sue Pethoud serves as the Church and Community Relations Liaison for Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Her biggest joy is coordinating thousands of volunteers who come to the city to serve.