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Invitation to connect through MI media

Using a phone to connect with people through social media.

Good social media creates community. Paul Reissmann explains how Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter connect God’s people across The Michigan Conference.

Group drafts separation plan

Worship Center at 2019 GC. Talks continue about unity or separation of UMC.

The Indianapolis Plan for proposed UMC separation, is being put forward by a group including traditional, progressive, and centrist viewpoints.

Thoughts on the Bard-Jones Plan

Sketch artist captures the plan of General Conference.

Rev. Chris Ritter says of the Bard-Jones Plan, “They want to end our impasse by providing a means of separation.”  

Bishops Bard and Jones seek unity

BIshop Bard and colleagues consult Discipline on future course of UMC.

On July 10 UM News released a report of a “New Form of Unity,” proposed by Bishops David Bard (Michigan) and Scott Jones (Texas). Read the report and more comments from Bishop Bard.

Splinter or schism ahead?

Woman praying at St. Louis General Conference.

Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The author says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences.

Membership counts an important metric

Procession of church members in DR Congo

Church membership data plays a critical role in denominational decision-making. Heather Hahn explains how church leaders gather the information and the role it plays.

Many voices address UMC future

Bluebonnets in field.

The current issue of Circuit Rider Magazine offers ten perspectives concerning possibilities for the UMC future plus some practical counsel.

Five generations on the farm

Learning to use the tools on the farm.

In this month’s blog, Home Words Bound, the Rev. Benton Heisler recalls life on the farm in Indiana and ponders the future of The United Methodist Church.

Coming home to grace, hope, and love

Home coming during registration at the Michigan Annual Conference

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai chairs the UMC’s Connectional Table. She shares about rich connections she experienced at her home Annual Conference.

AC 2019 is ‘greenhouse for leadership’

Persons holding placards during opening worship

The Michigan Annual Conference celebrated Bold and Effective Leadership, and now moves forward — with wisdom, courage, and heart — for mission and ministry in a changing world.

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