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New song for Michigan Conference

Paul Perez preaches about a new song on June 5, 2021

The Rev. Paul Perez shares four Strategic Directions from the Conference Leadership Council as well as missional and connectional challenges. “God is graciously inviting us to sing a new song,” he says.

Conference ponders ‘Why we sing’

John Wesley describes how we sing

Worship is always a highlight at any session of the annual conference. When the focus is on, “Singing the Lord’s Song, to sing, preach, and pray are especially vital, even when online.

Engaging in justice and mission

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai shared scripture

The June 4, 2021 session of the Michigan Annual Conference featured various reports with a focus on Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism, justice, mission, and Michigan Conference’s connection to United Methodists around the globe.

Our God is still making music

God is making music at Flint Bethel

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson and the Rev. Paul Perez led worship at The Michigan Annual Conference on June 5. Members were asked not to let their troubles interrupt their love of God.

Detroit church doors open for Ded

Albanian couple at Detroit Central Church

“I can now breathe fresh air!” Ded Rranxburgaj declares with joy as he is able to leave Detroit Central United Methodist Church after three and a half years in sanctuary.

Let’s advocate for paths to citizenship

JFON advocates for citizenship

The Rev. Paul Perez reflects on the privileges of U.S. citizenship and invites United Methodists to support campaigns aiding undocumented immigrants.

Celebrating Michigan’s deacons

Deacons ordained at Annual Conference 2019

Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. They have been living out their call to connect the Church and the world for the past 25 years.

Picking up the pieces

Bishop and delegates pick up pieces

Rev. Paul Perez remembers picking up pieces of a broken chalice at the 2004 General Conference. Pittsburgh’s memories inform his thoughts on the “breaking point” The United Methodist Church has arrived at today.

Thoughts on choosing vaccination

Vaccination and lab tech

Noting that people’s responses to COVID-19 vaccination fall on a spectrum, the Rev. Paul Perez plans to be vaccinated and encourages others to do so, too.

JFON brings joy to neighbors

Staff of JFON Traverse Sity

This is the fifth in a series of stories celebrating the difference that Ministry Shares make in the lives of persons across Michigan. Meet some faithful United Methodists of the Northern Waters District.