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The Joyful Journey: Theology, scripture, and the continuing UMC

9/7/2022

Bishop David Bard corrects misinformation and shares the theology he believes will guide the future UMC, including its grounding in the historic tenets of the faith.


The Joyful Journey: Theology, scripture, and the continuing UMC

9/7/2022

Bishop David Bard corrects misinformation and shares the theology he believes will guide the future UMC, including its grounding in the historic tenets of the faith.


The Joyful Journey: It's complicated

8/4/2022

The moral obligation to be intelligent and the ability to recognize, appreciate, and account for complexity have something to do with being mature in Christ.


What we can learn from church plants in Seattle

8/4/2022

Christianity is not dying; it is changing for the good. Nominal and cultural faith is shedding meaningless practices and labels while people of genuine faith are becoming more regular in their practices and committed in their convictions.


Church closures: The story behind the story

7/19/2022

We are a resurrection people who believe that new life springs forth from death. Here's how the missions of two churches that closed are continuing in new ways.


Hanging on to hope

7/13/2022

What if we intentionally foster community? Would hope increase and would there be more light all around us? Would that begin to change our world?


The Joyful Journey: Take a moment or two

7/6/2022

The world is terrible and beautiful. We must take time for the beauty because not only does it increase the capacity of our hearts but it is an act of profound faith.


Helping teens resist oppression online

6/29/2022

Many teens encounter white nationalist messaging and toxic representations of marginalized communities. How can we help them resist oppression?


Juneteenth: What you should know

6/15/2022

Juneteenth did not entirely end the enslavement or forced involuntary servitude of Africans, but its celebration still has a place.


The Joyful Journey: Disaffiliation, anti-racism, responding to violence

6/2/2022

Bishop David Bard gives updates on disaffiliation, encourages every church to engage in anti-racism work, and shares how we might respond to recent violence.


The Joyful Journey: May showers

5/4/2022

As Annual Conference nears, Bishop Bard invites us to think about “rain”—a practice to help us respond vs. react, and lean into productivity vs. reactivity.


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