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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.

Paul Perez

From: Associate Director of Mission and Ministry, Michigan Conference … To: Director of Connectional Ministry, Michigan Conference. This appointment began October 1, 2020.

Lives being changed in mid-Michigan

Mid-Michigan flood damaged assessed in Sanford

Disaster recovery continues in mid-Michigan after flooding shattered the lives of thousands eight months ago. Six case managers, employed by The Michigan Conference, are now helping residents rebuild their lives.

Pondering with Mary

Icon of Mary and Jesus

Mary lived in traumatic times and so do we. The Rev. Paul Perez suggests that her contemplative practices in the days before Jesus’ birth might work well for us, too.

Anti-Racism Working Group formed

Anti-Racism resources for Michigan Conference

 A group named by Bishop Bard will focus on anti-bias and anti-racism, “an essential part of our journey with Jesus.”

Let the love of Jesus rule

The politics of Jesus

“We are faced with the real challenge of seeking to love our neighbor as ourselves,” says the Rev. Paul Perez as the country moves into the future following the love of Jesus.

Hard realities and beautiful dreams

Light shines on dreams

We may be exhausted, but United Methodists can still dream dreams of new life.  The Rev. Paul Perez, new Director of Connectional Ministry for The Michigan Conference, offers hope.

Perez begins as DCM October 1

Rev. Paul Perez speaks at an Interfaith Event in Dearborn

The Rev. Paul Perez will assume the role of Michigan Conference Director of Connectional Ministries three months earlier than previously announced.