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Remembering a divine grace experience

Butterfly landing on a boy's cast

Retired pastor Gordon Schleicher remembers a profound experience of God’s grace featuring a monarch butterfly and his trusty 35mm camera.

Walking to Emmaus and Annual Conference

Annual Conference

As the Michigan Annual Conference gets closer, Bishop David Bard asks us to hold the gamut of emotions we will experience there and remember to look for Jesus in our… Continue Reading Walking to Emmaus and Annual Conference

Resurrection don’t come easy

Easter sunrise

Bishop David Alan Bard’s Easter message asks us to hold the pain and honesty of Good Friday together with the hope and wonder of Easter.

8 Easter books for young children

Woman reading a book to a small child

Children’s book author Glenys Nellist recommends these Easter books focusing on Christ’s resurrection to churches and families during this holy season.

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

Bishop David Bard offers Holy Week blessings

Holy Week 2022

Bishop Bard explores the “roller coaster of human emotion” we feel during Holy Week. Calling these seven days “a deep dive into human experience,” he encourages all to embrace resurrection.

A journey toward ordination

Ordination on horizon

Tania Dozeman shares some “random thoughts about the experience of a second career person’s journey toward ordination at the end of a pandemic as the UMC faces a split.”

In the midst of life

New life at Easter

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard says, “In the midst of life, we are in death.” Then he proclaims with joy, ” Death is real, so, too, resurrection.”

From stable to garden with Jesus

Mary at the garden tomb

It is important to fully embrace and live out of what happened in a manger in Bethlehem and a garden tomb in Jerusalem.

All Hallows Eve and the UMC

Hallows

Halloween has become a very popular holiday on the cultural calendar. However, beginning in the Middle Ages, All Hallows Eve was a religious observance.

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