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Follow the way of love

Invited to love

Lent is a time to focus on spiritual disciplines. Bishop David Bard calls Michigan United Methodists to intentional focus on the discipline of love through patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, and humility.

Maturity of mind and heart

Infancy to maturity

How do we grow in Christian maturity? Bishop Bard notes that growth is difficult in the social media age. He encourages intellectual curiosity, complex thinking, and a generous spirit. 

Redeeming the season

Season of Prayer

Uncertain times present an opportunity for “redeeming the season,” says Bishop David Bard. He adds, “Redeeming the season remembers that we are involved in a long work.”

Jesus speaks when we are tired

Tired feet on a fall hike

“I’m tired of this!” says the Rev. Jodie Flessner as she navigates a health crisis. She turns to the gospel to find strength and purpose for the journey.

At least show up

Showing up to dance is step one.

She wanted to give up. Then, as a freshman in high school, someone convinced Patricia that an important first step is to “at least show up.” Now she dances.

The long, meandering trek

Moses starts a long journey from Egypt

The struggle for God’s justice may be long but, says the Rev. John Hice, “This is not an excuse to put it off and abide injustices for even a minute.” 

Enneagram Journey

The Ennenagram Journey is a 12 session course designed to help church leaders, lay and clergy, grow in self-awareness, strengthen their gifts, and lead others with wisdom, patience and tolerance. Led by Laura Witkowski, Associate Director of Lay Leadership Development and Jennifer Browne, Director of Clergy Excellence. 12 sessions, Mondays, 6:30 -8:30 pm, once every… Continue Reading Enneagram Journey

Enneagram Journey

The Ennenagram Journey is a 12 session course designed to help church leaders, lay and clergy, grow in self-awareness, strengthen their gifts, and lead others with wisdom, patience and tolerance. Led by Laura Witkowski, Associate Director of Lay Leadership Development and Jennifer Browne, Director of Clergy Excellence. 12 sessions, Mondays, 6:30 -8:30 pm, once every… Continue Reading Enneagram Journey

A psalm and a blessing

Blessing of Bible and coffee

Psalm 139 helps Chaplain Jan Johnson express her experience blessing families in the “COVID-19 wilderness” of Mercy Hospital in Muskegon.

Enneagram Journey

The Ennenagram Journey is a 12 session course designed to help church leaders, lay and clergy, grow in self-awareness, strengthen their gifts, and lead others with wisdom, patience and tolerance. Led by Laura Witkowski, Associate Director of Lay Leadership Development and Jennifer Browne, Director of Clergy Excellence. 12 sessions, Mondays, 6:30 -8:30 pm, once every… Continue Reading Enneagram Journey