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Serving faithfully for 200 years

Relief during the 200 years of Methodist Mission

Effective mission crosses boundaries. That’s a keynote of the new book, Methodist mission at 200. Readers are encouraged to carry Christ’s love into a third century. 

Latinos separated by a wall of fear

Latinos are separated physically and spiritually by the border wall between Mexico and US.

National Spanish Heritage Month is a time to examine critical issues for Latinos. “Addressing racism requires more than resolutions and specialized minority ministries,” one retired pastor writes.

Loss and learning

Bishop Bard at computer

What does it take to remain faithful during a season of loss? Bishop David Bard asserts that, as followers of Jesus, learning about self-giving love is important.

The old man in the family

Family love grows

The Hebrew people have a term for the old one in each family, Go-el. The Rev. Glenn Wagner talks about how family, church, and the Bible have prepared him for that role.

Anybody here seen my old friends

Friends remembered as saints

The Rev. John Harnish couldn’t get this song out of his head as it sparked memories of friends who now belong to the history of Michigan Methodism.

Town hall addresses UMC and race

Town hall panelists discuss race

On July 1, panelists on a denominational town hall acknowledged The United Methodist Church has a tangled history on race.

History, hope and healing

Hand offers hope of healing

The Rev. Benton Heisler looks to the Easter promise and  prays for the healing of our sin-sick souls in the midst of the COVID-19 health and economic crises.

A giant in the neighborhood

Man looks up a a giant tree canopy

The Rev. Glenn Wagner reflects on years gone by in his neighborhood, and mourns the passing of a giant beech tree that had witnessed a lot of local history.

From Vietnam to great church buildings

Chancel of Lansing Central United Methodist Church

In his September blog, the Rev. John Boley engages in a “dialogue between the past and the present” while addressing God’s people in an historic church.

New life … no going back

In this chapter of “Drinking the Cup,” the Rev. John Boley talks about the forward march of history.