Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey, the current United Methodist Bishop of the Michigan Area, is once again opening up the discussion of the merger of the two Michigan Conferences. She writes in her column “Honest conversation about the future”:
One of my goals for my first year in Michigan was to ‘get to know the territory’, and to listen to the people throughout this great state. I have talked with and heard from, literally, hundreds of people across both the Detroit and West Michigan annual conferences.
I have heard:
many stories – both celebrative and painful;
many exciting reports of ministries happening both in local churches and across the districts;
heartfelt sharing of hopes and dreams for local congregations, annual conferences, and the denomination;
words of frustration as well as praise and excitement.
But through it all, one question surfaced again and again at nearly every place I found myself. (more…)