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Deaf are alive with musical gifts

Deaf Choir at General Cofnerence

It’s a natural assumption that deaf and hard-of-hearing people have no interest in music, writes the Rev. Leo Yates Jr. He encourages churches to consider the musical contributions that community could make to a worship service.

Civil Rights Tour Oct. 17-22, 2021

Civil Rights tour includes Edmund Pettus Bridge

A Civil Rights Tour of the South is planned for Oct 17-22, 2021, led by two women from Kalamazoo Westwood United Methodist Church.

Praise to God comes first

Man giving praise for new day

“Faith is something that precedes an answer to a battle or a crisis,” says the Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr. He calls us to praise our God, who is good even in challenging times.

Hearing the voices of Baldwin and King

Bishop Bard with two albums of speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a video shared on January 18, 2021, Bishop David Bard asks the church to listen to the voices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Baldwin and “to other Black and Brown voices that are also calling us forward.” 

Standing in solidarity with Asbury UMC

Michigan in solidarity with Asbury UMC in the nation's capital

The  Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Working Group of The Michigan Conference stands in solidarity with Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, following the vandalism of their “Black Lives Matter” sign.

More work to be done

James Lawson led the work of the nonviolent movement in the US

Rev. Dr. Kevin Smalls celebrates the work of civil rights giant, Rev. Dr. James Lawson, after reading a comment on Facebook about a white-haired man at the funeral of John Lewis.

A prophet for today

Bible, cross, and cup. Tools of a prophet.

Not every prophet lived in Bible Times. Prophetic voices have spoken throughout the ages right up to the present day. The Rev. Jack Harnish speaks of Methodist with a voice for peace and justice, E. Stanley Jones.

Future uncertain for Liberians in U.S.

Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. preaching

Liberians living in the U.S. fear deportation, but the UMC in Liberia is preparing to welcome its brothers and sisters back home.

Muskegon Methodist family unites

Unity Service held in Muskegon Heights February 2017. Three pastors holding hands.

Since February 2017,  these four churches in greater Muskegon have been coming together to celebrate historic ties and move forward in faithful witness. They are living their love through action.

What would MLK say?

A rabbi sees parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and The Exodus of the Hebrew people.