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‘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. 

The future is in our hands

bird in hand

Hands and hearts will be shaping the future of The UMC. Benton Heisler explains an important action to be taken at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference meeting May 30-June 1.

Bishops make key decisions

Two women bishops renewing baptism

The Council of Bishops has concluded its meeting and is offering both a pastoral word and prophetic questions about decisions of the 2019 General Conference.

Court rulings put focus on UMC’s future

The Dome in St. Louis, MO

Rulings by Judicial Council on actions of the 2019 General Conference have some church members celebrating and some moving on.

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