JUNE 10 - YOUR VOICE COUNTS! OUR WAY FORWARD ONLINE PULSE SURVEY

We invite you to take a moment and complete our online pulse survey.  Your feedback will help us gauge the congregation’s collective response to actions related to General Conference 
 2019 and the Michigan Annual Conference. The results will assist the “Our Way 
 Forward” Team in determining where the congregation stands.  You may complete the survey anonymously or leave your name and contact information. You may also request to speak with a pastor regarding any of the issues.


May 5th - TOWN HALL DISCUSSION ~ Minutes

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May 5th - TOWN HALL DISCUSSION ON FUMC WAY FORWARD ~ Agenda

  • Opening Prayer and Remarks – Marsha Woolley
  • Bishop Bard Statement (April 29, 2019) and
    ​Update from Michigan Annual Conference – Paul Perez
  • Plan to Move Forward – Mike Betts
  • Formation of SubCommittees and Invitation to Join ​
    • Communication – Mike Betts, Sally Ferree and Lindsey Eliason
    • ​Welcoming Statement – Carol Wheatley and Jackie Webb
    • ​Questionnaire – Nancy Gray, Debbie Pinnell and Wendy Betts
  • Q & A
  • Adjournment/Prayer for our Way Home

Handout - Our Way Forward - Background, Viewpoints and Other Resources & Bishop Bard Letter - Click to download


 

MICHIGAN UMC CONFERENCE DAILY NEWS

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2019 MICHIGAN ANNUAL CONFERENCE SUMMARY VIDEO

2019 Michigan Annual Conference Summary from Michigan Conference UMC on Vimeo.

FALL 2018

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS ON CRITICAL CONCERNS

A Fall series of discussion topics dealing with the future of the United Methodist Church.

  • Sunday, October 7, 4 pm – Theory and Practice of Listening and Speaking Respectfully and Faithfully to One another, led by Rev. Paul Perez, Michigan Conference Director of Mission and Justice Engagement
  • Sunday, October 14, 4 pm – Viewing and Discussion of the “Truth and Reconciliation” video, led by Rev. Ed Rowe, Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, and Jerry Peterson, Director, Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit
  • Sunday, October 21, 4 pm – The Way Forward: Where Are We? Prospects and Possibilities, led by Bishop of Michigan Area, Bp. David Bard, United Methodist Church


SUMMER 2018

UMC Informational Forums - Three opportunities:  Jun 24, July 22 and August 19
Discussion with pastors on the current issues the United Methodist is struggling with, and how we might move forward as a denomination.

FALL SERMON SERIES - 2017

THIS IS US: The Social Principles 
Did you know that our denomination has something to say about the issuesthat confront us in this world? The Social Principles, while not to be considered church law, are a prayerful and thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to speak to the human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation as historically demonstrated in United Methodist traditions. They are a call to faithfulness and are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best of the prophetic spirit.  What does United Methodism say about gambling, war, death and dying and human sexuality?  Who are we called to be as we confront the issues of our time?  These Social Principles are meant to help guide us, as we seek to faithfully respond to this world.

If you would like a copy of the FUMC social principles book, contact Rev. Monica William at mwilliam@fumcnorthville.org.

  • Sept 10 THIS IS US: An Overview
  • Sept 17 THIS IS US: Our Natural Community
  • Sept 24 THIS IS US: Our Nurturing Community
  • Oct 1 THIS IS US: Our Social Community
  • Oct 8 THIS IS US: Our Economic Community
  • Oct 15 THIS IS US: Our Political Community
  • Oct 22 THIS IS US: Our World Community

MICHIGAN CONFERENCE NEWS SOURCES

  1. Michigan Conference:  ​​​www.michiganumc.org
  2. Michigan General Conference:  ​​https://gc.michiganumc.org
  3. Bishop David Bard Blog:  ​​​https://bishop.michiganumc.org/
  4. Rev. Paul Perez Blog:  ​​​https://adeaconsblog.wordpress.com
  5. The Michigan Statement:  ​​​www.michiganstatement.org/resolution
    This includes a statement, written by Young Adult Members of MAC to be signed before the MAC

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES

  1. UM News: ​​​​​www.umnews.org
    (Official Denominational News Source)
  2. UM Insight:  ​​​​www.um-insight.net
    (Independent News and Commentary Source)
  3. Religion News Source: ​​​www.religionnews.com
    (Covers global religious news)

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING FULL INCLUSION

  1. Uniting Methodists: ​​​www.unitingmethodists.com
    (Group formed pre-GC2019 to advocate for the One Church Plan. Leadership includes (not exclusive to) high profile clergy and laity.)
  2. UM Forward: ​​​​www.um-forward.org
    (UM campaign in support of the Simple plan, lead primarily by LGBTQAI UMs)
  3. Reconciling Ministries Network:  ​​www.rmnetwork.org
  4. Mainstream UMC: ​​​www.mainstreamumc.com
    (UM campaign for One Church Plan)
  5. Methodist Federation for Social Action: ​www.mfsaweb.org
    (Long-standing social progress group)
  6. UM Queer Clergy Caucus:  ​​www.umqcc.org

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL POLICY

  1. Wesley Covenant Association:  ​​www.wesleyancovenant.org
    (UM support for Traditional Plan)
  2. Good News: ​​​​www.goodnewsmag.org
    (Long-standing conservative group in UMC)
  3. The Confessing Movement within the UMC:  www.confessingumc.org

BLOGS

  1. Rev Paul Perez: ​​​​https://adeaconsblog.wordpress.com
  2. Hacking Christianity:  ​​​www.hackingchristianity.net
    Progressive Blog by Rev. Jeremy Smith. Features posts and guest authors
  3. Rev. Adam Hamilton:  ​​​www.adamhamilton.com
    Rev. Hamilton also posts commentary on his Facebook page.
  4. Rev. Tom Berlin:  ​​​​www.revtomberlin.com 
    Rev. Berlin presented the One Church Plan at GC2019

VIDEO RESOURCES

Debrief of GC2019 - By Rev. Tom Berlin, presenter of the One Church Plan and member of the Commission on the Way Forward.  Tom is the Senior Pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon, VA. The video is long but rich in information. Tom knows this inside and out, and he is part of the post GC group assembled by Adam Hamilton.

www.Florisumc.org/sermon/general-conference-debrief/

*NOTE: Rev. Berlin’s talk begins 8 minutes in if you’d like to skip the music intro