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Engaging with neighbors in the U.P.

Volunteers building a ramp

The first of a series of articles that explains how an initiative called “EngageMI” helps churches take steps to be in “ministry with” others.

Building Beloved Community

MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Paul Perez points to King’s sermon on having a tough mind and a tender heart as a timely message for those working to build Beloved Community.

A change of heart that’s never too late

Scrooge

The Rev. Paul Perez reflects on his family’s tradition of watching Christmas movies and names this year’s favorite, a movie that depicts a Christmas conversion of the heart.

Three takeaways from NCJ Conference

Two people laughing

The Rev. Paul Perez, clergy delegate, lists three important takeaways from last week’s North Central Jurisdictional Conference that every Michigan United Methodist should pay attention to.

Bard is back

Bishop Bard

Episcopal assignments were announced Saturday morning during the consecration service of the three newly elected bishops to conclude the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

Where death and life sit side by side

ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos

The Rev. Paul Perez gives reasons for creating his ofrenda, an altar display rooted in his Mexican heritage, as a way to process loss and grief alongside moments of joy… Continue Reading Where death and life sit side by side

A coach offers words of encouragement

Advice from a coach applies to 5k runners and all members of conference

Three phrases from a high school track coach have stuck with Paul Perez over the years. Here’s how they apply to the Michigan Annual Conference.

Thanks to United Methodist Mom

A United Methodist because of his mom

The Rev. Paul Perez talks about “the heart and hope” of United Methodism through the life of his mom and growing up years in Newburg UMC in Livonia.

Act now on Drive SAFE bills

Driver with license

The Rev. Paul Perez explains the importance of a driver’s license to Michigan’s immigrants and families. He encourages support of the Drive SAFE bills in the state’s legislature.

Start the year with the Holy Spirit

Dove symbolizes Holy Spirit

The Rev. Paul Perez says, “I’m not a fan of January.” He turns to scripture and finds words of grace that lift the spirit. “You are one of God’s beloveds… Continue Reading Start the year with the Holy Spirit

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