In this pastoral letter to Michigan United Methodists, Bishop David Bard encourages pastors and laity to care for the well-being of themselves and others as COVID caseloads increase in the state.
Some United Methodist churches are returning to online-only worship as another wave of the virus strikes. Congregations are also taking steps to reach vaccine holdouts.
Taking care of yourself physically can be a key ingredient in battling burnout. John Wesley had ideas about staying healthy in spirit and in body.
Bishop David Bard thanks church leaders for their patience and careful planning for the common good as a corner is turned in the pandemic.
India currently faces a major health crisis associated with coronavirus. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners there and encouraging gifts to the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund.
With the COVID pandemic out of control in Michigan, Bishop David Bard summarizes safety guidelines and urges individuals and churches to exercise patience and care.
Quarantine precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus were first implemented in Michigan retirement communities a year ago. Seniors are grateful that administrators and staff kept them safe.
The General Board of Global Ministries made financial allocations at its spring meeting with the emphasis on justice and the fact that Jesus cares.
Noting that people’s responses to COVID-19 vaccination fall on a spectrum, the Rev. Paul Perez plans to be vaccinated and encourages others to do so, too.
Special report by Dr. Muriel Nelson, chair of COVID Emergency Response for the Liberia Conference. Deaths, so far, are low. She and the committee hope to keep it that way.