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Addressing denominational tensions

Vine and tendrils

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions

5 UMC story lines to follow this fall

Pen, pad of paper, and magnifying glass

Dr. David W. Scott, United Methodist mission theologian, highlights these five United Methodist news story lines related to the future of the denomination to watch as we move into fall.

Is The United Methodist Church really…?

Is the UMC really...?

This first of a series offers accurate responses to misperceptions or misinformation that are circulating about The United Methodist Church. This article focuses specifically on theology, pensions, and benefits.

Conferences diverge in handling church exits

Roads splitting

Disaffiliation decisions have been passed down to the annual conference level, and each U.S. annual conference is trying to balance providing gracious exists for congregations wishing to leave and serving… Continue Reading Conferences diverge in handling church exits

Scouting charts new path

Boy scout and leader during the National Scout Jamboree.

The United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America will continue their longstanding relationship but with significant changes following two years of challenges that included the pandemic and the… Continue Reading Scouting charts new path

A Michigan United Methodist reflects on 54 years

Kay DeMoss and her parents at Vicksburg UMC.

A teenager when The United Methodist Church was born, Kay DeMoss celebrates how God and humans have been at work together in Michigan for the past half century.

Conference, megachurch reach legal settlement

The front of Mt. Bethel Church in Marietta, Georgia.

Mt. Bethel Church in Marietta, GA, has reached a settlement with the North Georgia Conference to enable it to leave The United Methodist Church with property.

Protocol’s day has passed, some say

Protocol Mediation Team met in 2019.

More than a quarter of the leaders who negotiated the proposed Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation say they can no longer support the proposal.

AC looks at Vision with new eyes

Opening worship featured Conference Vision

Bold & Effective Leaders. Vibrant Congregations. Ministry and Mission. These Christ-centered aspects of the Michigan Conference’s vision inspired conference members to embrace their story.

Looking for the one true Church

Church closings shared by Jerry DeVine.

In his Cabinet Report to the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference, the Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine asserts that scripture and history demonstrate, “No one expression of the Church is the ‘one… Continue Reading Looking for the one true Church

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