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What Would Wesley Think?

John Wesley statue in Savannah, GA, GA

Rev. Glenn Wagner asserts, “It can be fruitful to approach today’s challenges with guidance from Methodism’s visionary founder, John Wesley.”

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.

Lay leader praises adaptive change

Anne Soles, Lay Leader West Michigan, and John Wharton, Lay Leader Detroit conferences.

“We bicycle forward. Nothing is standing still,” says Michigan Lay Leader Anne Soles. She surveys the changes taking place in the church and the nation.

Labor Day is not just a day off

Labor Day began as America industrialized using the labor of children as young as four years old.

Labor Day, celebrated in the U.S. on the first Monday of September since 1894, means a long weekend for many. But the holiday is dedicated to fairness and justice in the workplace.

Faith among the fences

Girl peeking through picket fences

In our laity blog, Power in the Pew, Conference Lay Leader Anne Soles gives counsel from the gospel and a classic poem about navigating the walls and fences of life.

What does Wesley teach us?

What would John Wesley teach us today?

What does John Wesley teach United Methodists today on how to live and serve with fellow Methodists with varying opinions? The Rev. Steven W. Manskar, talks about “Christian perfection.”

‘How is it with your soul?’

Statue of John Wesley on his horse

This is the second in a series, “Passing the Mantle,” featuring reflections of two pastors – one retiring and one being ordained at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.

Time to renew your heart

Bible with cross and chalice

In his latest blog “Home Words Bound,” the Rev. Benton Heisler reminds us of ten questions John Wesley asked to encourage his followers to journey toward wholeness, then and now.

A day John Wesley loved

All Saints painting

While many in the culture focus on Halloween, the traditional Christian holiday comes the next day. Known as “All Saints Day,” it was an observance John Wesley cherished.

Celebrating a shared Wesleyan heritage

Methodist family together in London.

Two sister churches — The Methodist Church in Britain and The United Methodist Church– look to increase their global connection.