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For all we know, love may grow

What we know about love is in the Bible

Bishop David Bard says that love is the way forward regardless of what we know or don’t know about the future of The United Methodist Church.

It’s April. One more, once!

April crocus in the snow

Remembering Count Basie’s jazz tune, Bishop David Bard reflects on the unpredictable April weather and the eternal promise of Easter.

Were you made for times like this?

Man dealing with times of stress

Bishop David Bard reflects on this season of life and ministry and says nuanced thinking and tragic optimism are needed during a time of grief, trauma, and challenge.

Thoughts on America this 4th of July

Symbol of America, Statue of Liberty

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard talks about being a citizen of America. He says, “Even as we celebrate the United States … We need to see where… Continue Reading Thoughts on America this 4th of July

Holding it together

Strands of rope holding together

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop Bard considers what scripture, poets, and everyday experience reveal about the challenges of holding it together.

We are doin’ some hard travelin’

Hope when it's hard

Reflecting on the words of the Apostle Paul and Woodie Guthrie, Bishop David Bard talks about some things we are learning during this hard time of global pandemic.

New year, new tasks

Wise men leave Bethlehem with new tasks ahead.

In his first Joyful Journey blog of 2020, Bishop David Bard talks about important tasks before The Michigan Conference of The UMC … ministry work, soul work, and grief work.

Surf’s up and God is there

During a hurricane the surf's up.

Reflecting on scripture and a classic rock song, Surf’s Up, Bishop David Bard invites everyone into God’s creative work in the world and in the church.

Seeing differently

Pastor seeing and greeting children and parents at the border

Bishop David Bard asks God to give everyone new eyes; eyes for seeing beyond racism to respond to parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in a new light.

A joyful journey toward AC 2019

Bishop Bard and Rev. John Boley process during worship

In the May edition of his blog, A Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard remembers his first ever Annual Conference in 1983 and reflects on the upcoming 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.

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