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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.

‘Unfinished business’ from AC 2019

Bishop Bard talks business with Nichea VerVeer Guy

Home from Annual Conference, Bishop David Bard speaks on actions taken at the 2019 session and reflects on what is yet unfinished as United Methodists move forward toward the 2020 General Conference.

‘How is it with your soul?’

Statue of John Wesley on his horse

This is the second in a series, “Passing the Mantle,” featuring reflections of two pastors – one retiring and one being ordained at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.

Planning new directions for the UMC

Adam Hamilton at UMCNext

Twelve United Methodists from Michigan participated in the UMCNext gathering in Kansas City, exploring possible new directions for The United Methodist Church. 

Why do we have Social Principles?

Bishop Minerva Carcano with an immigrant child.

The United Methodist Social Principles encourage the followers of Jesus and John Wesley to build a different kind of world than the one we have now. 

Annual Conferences focus on future

Voting at Michigan Annual Conference

Many resolutions before annual conferences respond in some way to GC 2019. Delegates are also being elected for GC 2020.

Craving connections in The UMC

Serving Communion

In this month’s blog,  Drinking the Cup, the Rev. John Boley speaks about a series of personal encounters made possible by decades-long connections in The United Methodist Church.

Bishops address a ‘chaotic moment’ in UMC

Bishops Kiesey and Steiner-Ball

The Council of Bishops began its spring meeting May 6 amid conversations around the denomination about possibly splitting the church. 

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