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The joyful journey to annual conference

Bishop Bard on the stage for the 2021 virtual annual conference

Bishop David Bard has not missed an annual conference session since 1984. He believes that conference can be a means of grace, whether the sessions are held in-person or online.

Music shares Jesus’ healing love

Sacred music touches the soul

A hospice chaplain finds, “Music can awaken the deepest level of emotional response in positive ways.” It’s a tool that shares Jesus’ love.

Doing our best for God

Love of God and neighbor in Milan.

The fourth in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. LuAnn Rourke shares how God and the Heritage District, have “figured it out”

Inspired stewardship enables ministry

Ministry for flood relief in mid-Michigan

Meet two women who are servant leaders in the Michigan Conference. Their faithful stewardship of resources has kept God’s people in ministry even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doing ministry in stressful times

2020 was a stressful time to be a pastor. Nearly 400 Michigan clergy joined Bishop Bard at an online event to focus on revitalization. Video recordings are now available to all.

Grace for a time of trauma

Advent of grace and trauma

2020 has been marked by trauma — polarization, racial reckoning, economic hardship, denominational division, and fragility in our democracy. Bishop David Bard shares good news of God’s gift of grace.

Patience key in election bishop says

Vote and have patience

“I encourage patience with our election process,” says Bishop David Bard. He also offers a prayer as the nation heads toward the general election on November 3, 2020.

Fresh thoughts on means of grace

Stained glass with Wesleys and statement of grace.

Bishop David Bard asserts that during this time of ongoing pandemic, “Such a moment asks that we think more deeply about the means of grace.” He shares about online communion.

Keep the embers burning

Faith and friendship burning around campfire

Does the chaos of these COVID-days have a cooling impact on your faith? Rev. LuAnn Rourke, Heritage District Superintendent, encourages you to keep the embers burning through prayer.

World whisperers make a difference

John Lewis, World Whisperer

“My heroes have hearts that speak we rather than me,” reflects Cheryl Bistayi. The world is made a better place, she says, when people follow the example of John Lewis, Rosa Parks, and Jesus.