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A forgotten journal, an unforgettable trip

Team of scholars visiting Benin

In November 2022, two Michigan United Methodist clergy joined a team of scholars on a trip of a lifetime to Benin to face the harsh truths of the transatlantic slave… Continue Reading A forgotten journal, an unforgettable trip

‘We shall overcome someday’

People holding hands during a march

Have we made progress in realizing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream? Cheryl Bistayi reflects on this question by telling the painful story of her granddaughter’s husband and the racism he… Continue Reading ‘We shall overcome someday’

Thursday NCJ Conference Summary

Thursday NCJ Conference highlights include the election of Rev. Dan Scherwin, the third and final bishop, and conversations on Christian nationalism, racism, and white supremacy.

NCJ to facilitate conversation on White Supremacy

Delegates to the upcoming North Central Jurisdictional Conference are asked to engage resources on White Supremacy prior to conversations at the conference.

Churches urge action on shootings

Mourning for victims of shootings

According to the Gun Violence Archive, the U.S. has seen 202 mass shootings this year so far. United Methodists are responding to killing in New York and California.

One thing they have in common

Affirm our common humanity

What do mass shooters have in common? The Rev. Jack Harnish notes that most are white males targeting racial minorities. He adds, “In the long run, I have to believe… Continue Reading One thing they have in common

Invitation to a holy Lenten season

An invitation toLenten prayer

“The invitation to a holy Lent is an invitation to deep inner work, ” says Bishop David Bard. He offers reflections on how grace surrounds acts of repentance and self-examination.

Why dedicate a month to Black History?

February is Black History Month

Rev. Jack Harnish asserts, “We need a month dedicated to Black History, because most of our history has been white history, told by white writers, focusing on white characters, and… Continue Reading Why dedicate a month to Black History?

What’s love got to do with it?

Heats share love on Valentine's Day

Love asks us to be kind, uncomfortable and grateful says Bishop David Bard in this month’s reflection on The Joyful Journey.

Plan for NCJ virtual session changes

Bishop Bard is NCJ President

On behalf of NCJ College of Bishops, President David Bard shares a new schedule for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference Nov, 10-11.

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