Unfinished business of AC 2019

Home from Annual Conference, Bishop David Bard actions taken at the 2019 session and reflects on what is yet unfinished as United Methodists move forward toward the 2020 General Conference …

Getting ready for Annual Conference

In the May edition of his blog, A Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard remembers his first ever Annual Conference in 1983 and reflects on the upcoming 2019 Michigan Annual Conference …   It was 1983, and I was headed for my first ever United Methodist Annual Conference (this one in Minnesota). I was a seminary… Continue Reading Getting ready for Annual Conference

Hope caked with mud

Bishop David Bard anticipates Easter blessings and talks about grief and hope in this month’s edition of A Joyful Journey … But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. I Thessalonians 4:13 First… Continue Reading Hope caked with mud

A journey in ashes

“I invite you, on the heels of General Conference, to observe a holy Lent,” says Michigan Bishop David Bard. His counsel, “slow down and dig deep” in this uncertain time …  If you are taking time to read this, you may be expecting another word about the recently completed special session of the General Conference… Continue Reading A journey in ashes

A Joyful Journey

In this month’s blog, The Joyful Journey, Bishop David A. Bard remembers a Grammy-winning song and views the 2019 General Conference as a tapestry rich in the love of God …

New Year’s message from Bishop Bard

With the 2019 General Conference now just six weeks away, Bishop David Bard offers The Michigan Area hope-filled New Year’s greetings and counsel …

A Joyful Journey

On this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Alan Bard considers the true focus of Advent. He encourages each person to “let your soul rest in the amazing Love of God.” …

A Joyful Journey

In his November blog, Bishop David Bard remains profoundly grateful even though the “difficulties before us as a country, as a world, and as a United Methodist Church, are real” …

A Joyful Journey

Bishop David A. Bard talks about the kind of generosity that begins with the lavish love of God, not with our wallets, check books or credit cards … If you have not already heard, The United Methodist Church, at its last General Conference in 2016, added a continuing education and evaluation requirement for clergy. “Every… Continue Reading A Joyful Journey

A Joyful Journey

Bishop David A. Bard speaks about clay vessels as he announces opportunities to listen and converse, with him and Michigan delegates, around questions and concerns about the 2019 General Conference …

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