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March 14
"The Living Room" is a time of informal worship wherever you are. We understand that you're "Zoomed out" after a long week of online classes. This time of worship can be a time with screens on or off. It's a time of scripture, reflection, prayer, and music. To watch, follow the link to our Youtube page. To listen on the go, follow the link to our worship podcast on SoundCloud.

If you'd like to participate in worship by doing a reading, offering a liturgy, speaking, providing music, etc., contact Tim Kobler.
Coffee & Conversation
Mondays at 10:00am
Grab a cup of coffee or a nice cold beverage and join Chaplain Tim for a time of conversation.

Ask a question, stump the pastor, bring up a cool idea, or just chat about whatever you'd like.

You can also schedule an in-person, socially distant coffee time at a nearby outdoor café.
One Year Anniversary of COVID-19
Friday, March 19
All are invited to come together as a Michigan community to honor the past year and reflect on our collective loss and resiliency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Retreat Invitation:
"Sabbath as Resistance for Black and Latinx Young Adults
On March 19-20, 2021, the Michigan Conference of the UMC will be hosting a small retreat for 6 to 8 participants in Dewitt, Michigan at the Saint Francis Retreat Center. Through the generosity of a grant, the retreat will be of no out-of-pocket cost to you. The retreat will be facilitated by April Gutierrez, a doctoral student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as her Project Proposal, “Embodied Spiritual Practices for Brown and Black Bodies Exploring Sabbath.” She is hoping to learn more about your experience of Sabbath as Latinx and/ or Black young adults.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about embodied spiritual practices and consider how you might create space for body and soul care when you return home. These practices of Sabbath will be rooted in a Judeo-Christian spirituality in conversation with Black and Latinx culture. 
Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text" podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose—a message we need more than ever for our spiritual and emotional well-being in the age of COVID-19.
Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Zoom
Our discipleship/social justice study is utilizing the book, Watershed Discipleship, in partnership with our friends at Clean Water for the World.

Virtual Gathering April 10-11
You’re invited! United Methodist Campus Ministers and Chaplains of the North Central Jurisdiction invite all students to join us for the first gathering of the Midwest Student Movement, online on April 10-11, 2021. Students will enjoy networking with other students, attending spiritual growth and renewal workshops, hearing from pastor and author Nadia Bolz-Weber, along with speaker and worship leader Darren Calhoun.

Email Tim Kobler with your name and mailing address, in order to receive your free swag box.
The Global Water Summit webinar will gather water advocates and experts from across water insecure parts of our national and global connection to develop a strategy for leadership for water security. 

Our presenters:
  • Pedro Arrojo-Agudo - The Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Maude Barlow - Canadian activist and author
  • Tasha Beeds - Indigenous scholar
  • Peggy Case - 
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Davies - Wimberly Professor of Social & Ecological Ethics at Oklahoma City University
  • Krista Dover - Director of Clean Water for the World
  • Jefferson Boye Knight - Human Rights Monitor of the Libera Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Monica Lewis-Patrick - Educator, Entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate with We the People of Detroit
  • James Olson - Founder and President of Flow for Love of Water (FLOW)

Registration is free! 
Seminary Fair
All of the 13 United Methodist theological schools will be present on ZOOM to connect with students and answer your questions about seminary. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will also be present to discuss scholarships and funding for seminary degrees. This should be a fun and informative event.
You can choose to participate in the Virtual 5K Run/Walk for Water Justice wherever you would like. You can run, walk, use a treadmill, hike, skate, bike, or whatever gets you to the distance of 5K.

Participants must follow all social distancing guidelines and follow all traffic safety guidelines. You can track your distance with your favorite app. You can then screenshot or share your run, or photos of your walk/run on social media using our hashtag #5K4WaterJustice.

Your donation of $22 helps support water justice in the U.S. and the world. Funds will be distributed to:
  1. The United Methodist Committee on Relief efforts to help clean up the Midland, MI area, following the failure of the dam.
  2. The efforts of Clean Water for the World to provide water filtration systems in areas in need of safe, clean water.
  3. United Methodist organizations helping with the ongoing Flint Water Crisis
  4. The water justice efforts of We the People of Detroit.

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1 Bedroom Apartment Available
The Wesley Foundation has an apartment available for rent. Move-in ready.

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Living room
  • Kitchen (newly updated)
  • New flooring throughout
  • Utilities and Wifi included
  • Free parking spot
  • Lots of storage space
  • Easy walk to campus or downtown

Contact Tim Kobler for more information.
Interfaith Student Organization Forming
My name is Elizabeth Tower I am a sophomore in LSA studying international and religious studies and am also a part of a religious community on campus. Through both my academic and spiritual life here at Michigan, I have become interested in engaging in interfaith dialogue with other students. Because there is no all-encompassing interfaith dialogue student org on campus right now, I am working on creating one.

The Michigan Interfaith Initiative is for anyone of any religious, non-religious, or spiritual background who is interested in engaging in dialogue with people of differing faith identities. It is a place to share your own experiences, to learn from the experiences of others, and to build a community based on mutual respect and a desire for growth.
Unless otherwise noted, all meals are open to any student. If you are unable to pick-up a meal for any reason, but would still like to participate in the discussion, please simply note "No Meal" in the question section.
Meals of Meaning
In times of heightened tension, division, and expressions of hate, faith, spiritual and secular communities have a vital role to play in being stewards of resilience, collective courage, and creating braver space in the presence of difference. Meals of Meaning provide an opportunity for students to come together for a virtual dinner conversation (meal provided) and the chance to go beneath the surface, lean into vulnerability, and explore the struggles and stories that make up our lives. Sign up for a day/time that works for you. 

When you register, select the mealtime that works for you! Each mealtime has a designated pick up time for food and location associated with it, so please check the details to see when and where to pick up your meal.
Virtual Mission Opportunity
Learn about economic disaster recovery work in Detroit and explore the city's rich history at Wesley's first-ever virtual mission trip.

The mission is designed to be completed asynchronously over the course of three days of activities, devotion, and reflection.

All necessary materials can be accessed on our FB page. 
Serving Our Neighbors
They are open and in need of volunteers!

Monday - Friday: 3 pm - 7 pm
Sunday: Noon - 8 pm

They are located in the basement of the Betsy Barbour Residence Hall,
420 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

You may enter via the Maynard entrance only. To ensure privacy for residents of Betsy Barbour, please do not attempt to enter any other door.

Interested in helping out? Sign up for a shift that works with your schedule and they’ll show you the ropes. Everyone can help and no experience is necessary. We look forward to meeting you!
Other Volunteer Opportunities
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