Heart work, soul work, community work

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Alan Bard reminds us that the gospel is about heart change, which is an important part of tackling issues like racism and violence in our society… February is Black History Month, and as we begin, we are mourning the death of another Black man killed interacting with law… Continue Reading Heart work, soul work, community work

Foster a dialogic culture

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Alan Bard asks us to dedicate ourselves to creating a spacious church with a dialogic culture where conversations are respectful, rich, and deep… We are beginning a new year, and I am starting the next part of my journey with you as your bishop. My temporary assignment as… Continue Reading Foster a dialogic culture

Prepare our hearts for Jesus

In this Advent edition of Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard encourages us to open our hearts, our lives, and our communities so Jesus can show up in us and through us to touch the world…  Friends, we are again entering the Christian season of Advent, the time of preparation for the celebration of the birth… Continue Reading Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Press on for Jesus Christ

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard reflects on North Central Jurisdictional Conference, scheduled for November 2-5, 2022, and what it means for him and the missional work we’ve been called to be part of as Michigan United Methodists… When I arrive in Fort Wayne, IN, on October 31, it will be the sixth… Continue Reading Press on for Jesus Christ

Listen to autumn’s reverie

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, invites us to slow down during the changing seasons, pay attention, and take time to appreciate life’s good gifts… As the calendar turns from September to October, there is no shortage of difficult and challenging topics that could be addressed. Hurricane Ian devastated many parts of Florida,… Continue Reading Listen to autumn’s reverie

Addressing denominational tensions

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide the future UMC… We are not yet through the COVID-19 pandemic. People are still getting sick, and some are dying, but we seem to be… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions

It’s complicated

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard challenges us to appreciate complexity as a spiritual practice for maturing Christians … Unless I am specifically asked to do so, I never preach the same sermon twice. The major exception to that was when I served as a district superintendent and shared the same message at… Continue Reading It’s complicated

Take a moment or two for joy

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, encourages us to carve out time for joy-filled moments, so that we may have the capacity to care for the world’s pain and suffering … In college I double-majored in philosophy and psychology. Here is a question I never ask a young person in college: “What are… Continue Reading Take a moment or two for joy

Moving forward together

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard turns our focus toward matters engaging the “heart and soul problems” in the nation and the church … I write this as I prepare for our annual conference gathering in Traverse City. I look forward to our being together for worship, learning, fellowship and business. I trust… Continue Reading Moving forward together

For all we know

Bishop David Bard says that love is the way forward regardless of what we know or don’t know about the future of The United Methodist Church … Here we are on the cusp of May. Time seems to move quickly during May. There are the final days of school and graduations. Those with summer homes… Continue Reading For all we know

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