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47-year-long debate grinds on

Bishops praying at General Conference 2019 before the debate begins

Issues before the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis have a history dating back to the 1972 General Conference in Atlanta. Click here for an interactive timeline.

Our calling in Christ continues

Amy Mayo Moyle introduces legislation Bishop Bard continues to interpret

Bishop David Bard brings into clearer focus some aspirational actions taken by the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference, as the journey toward GC2020 continues to move forward.

Time to give your best

June 2, 2019 was a time to celebrate those commissioned

This is the first article in a new series, “For a time such as this.” The theme is based on Rev. Jennie Browne’s sermon at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference. 

See the footprint of the UMC in Flint

Loads of bottled water are still seen in parking lots three times a week

See the history of a problem and solutions organized by partners, including The United Methodist Church, in a new documentary, “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City.” Greg Timmons shares.

District Dialogue: collateral damage

Heart showing damage of division

Collateral damage — harm to untargeted others — may be a real consequence if the pending divide takes place in The United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Hice reflects on what has happened in the past.

Giving up boiled potatoes

Man holding potatoes

Rev. John Boley is giving up potatoes for the sake of his health. As he looks ahead to the future of The United Methodist Church, he lists other things he must give up for the health of the Body of Christ.

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.

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