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Conference embraces fearless spirit

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On the heels of a historic General Conference, United Methodists embrace a fearless spirit of renewed mission and ministry at the 2024 Michigan Annual Conference.

Want to serve the general church?

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Interested in serving on one of The United Methodist Church’s general boards or agencies? The Michigan Conference seeks a diverse pool of candidates to submit for consideration. Send your name… Continue Reading Want to serve the general church?

Building bridges in Michigan

Mackinac Bridge from above

Retired pastor John E. Harnish hopes the new United Methodist Church will emerge from the pain of disaffiliation and the vibrant energy of the recent General Conference as a bridge-building… Continue Reading Building bridges in Michigan

From auto parts to altar

Marjorie Matthews

Elected in 1980, Majorie Matthews, The United Methodist Church’s first woman bishop, was a Michigander. The New York Times called Matthews “a symbol of progress,” and others lauded her historic… Continue Reading From auto parts to altar

Clergy ready to ‘serve the present age’

Clergy meet for future of the church conversation

In this second article exploring the future of The United Methodist Church in Michigan, six clergy members share how they are moving forward to serve a renewed church that is… Continue Reading Clergy ready to ‘serve the present age’

NCJ delegates gather in Chicago

Delegates meeting at Wespath

Delegations from the North Central Jurisdiction gathered in suburban Chicago to prepare for next year’s General and Jurisdictional Conferences.

Celebrating United Methodist connections

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Sonya Luna reflects on her time working for the Michigan Conference and thanks God for the many wonderful connections that have sustained her.

Cornerstone votes to disaffiliate

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Cornerstone Church, Michigan’s largest worshiping congregation, votes to leave the UMC and become nondenominational.

Report sheds light on disaffiliating churches

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A new Lewis Center for Church Leadership report finds that churches disaffiliating from The United Methodist Church are overwhelmingly in the South and Southwest. Compared with remaining United Methodist churches,… Continue Reading Report sheds light on disaffiliating churches

Let’s keep our hands open, dear ones

Open hands

Rev. Jenny Smith speaks truth about the nature of the church and society and the need to live into the chaos around us, keep our hands open, and trust for… Continue Reading Let’s keep our hands open, dear ones

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