24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Detroit Renaissance District

24th Celebration Honoring
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, January 7, 2018  at 3:00 PM

Trenton Faith United Methodist Church
2530 Charlton Trenton, MI 48183

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed, talked, and demonstrated to build a “World house.”

“This is the great new problem of mankind.  We have inherited a big house, a great ‘World    house’ in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.”  (MLK, 1964) For the official district celebratory letter click Here.

We invite you to help build the “World House” in three ways.

1 – Lead your congregation to participate on Sunday, January 7, 2017, 3:00 PM at Trenton Faith UMC.  The celebration features a dramatic presentation: “MLK’s Final Year” based on Tavis Smiley’s book, Death of  King; Rev. King’s  favorite hymns including, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand;” the Drummers and “Voices of Grace” from Second Grace UMC.

2 – Encourage high school seniors or college students who are active members of a UMC congregation and whose actions demonstrate a commitment to the values of Rev. King and building a “Great World House” to apply for a Scholarship.  Please click Here for the instructions, the deadline is November 15th. The scholarships are up to $1000.

3 – Nominate a clergy and/or layperson whose actions demonstrate a commitment to the values of Rev. King and building a “Great World House” to be named a “Drum Major for Justice.”             ***Please submit a one page Nomination describing your nominee’s activities honoring Rev. King’s values by November 15th.

Note:  Applications for scholarships and nominations for “Drum Major for Justice” awards must be emailed or postmarked on November 15, 2017 or earlier.  Send them to: Rich Peacock – rjpeacock@wowway.com or  by mail to:40198  Riverbend    Sterling Heights, MI 48310, Ph. 248-321-7480

Hands4Detroit October 7, 2017


October 7, 2017  

8:00 am

at the

Western International High School,

1500 Scotten Street, Detroit, MI 49209

Closing celebration is at 3:00 pm


Centro Familiar Cristiano UMC

1270 Waterman Street, Detroit, MI 49209 

Some Michigan Area leaders were sporting their Hands4Detroit tee shirts at Comerica Park on September 15. They are reaching out to encourage all hands to join them on October 7 for a day of service in the city.         

Hands4Detroit is an annual community outreach event hosted by the Detroit Renaissance District of The United Methodist Church.

Join with the Renaissance District and community organizations for a wonderful day of service in Southwest Detroit on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

The day begins with check-in at 8 am at the Western International High School, 1500 Scotten Street, Detroit, MI 49209  (map here). Closing celebration is at 3 pm at Centro Familiar Cristiano UMC, 1270 Waterman Street, Detroit, MI 49209 (map below).

There’s work in between at assigned locations. Lend your hands, whatever kind of hands they are. All hands are needed. Click to learn more.

Both individuals and groups may sign up. Go to Hands4Detroit.org to register.

Donations (monetary and food items) are being sought for Gleaners of Southeastern Michigan. Click here for the details.

2017 Annual Detroit Renaissance District Conference

2017 Annual District Conference “Faces of Discipleship”

September 9, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Korean UMC 42693 Dequindre Rd., Troy MI 48085

The district conference is a celebration of the mission of Christ through faithful laity and clergy serving across southeastern Michigan. Please join us for this important event, register by clicking Here.

U-Nite 2017 Youth Lock-In

umy-logoDetroit Renaissance District U-NITE 2017

Hope in the Future

United Methodist Youth Lock-In

                                                                             January 13-14, 2016



Location: Eastern Michigan University

Rec I-M Building — (734) 487-1338

100 Olds Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Date: January 13, 2017, 8:30 pm to January 14, 2017, 6:00 am

Who: UM Youth aged 12-18,

Cost: $20 per youth, counselors are free

(Includes facilities fee, attendants, life guards, nurse, arts & crafts, equipment, coffee for drivers)

Activities: Racquetball, Billiards, Basket-ball, Swimming, Track & Nautilus Equipment, Arts & Crafts, Board Games, Mafia & other card games, Air Hockey, Fuzboll, Walleyball, Volleyball, Hustle/Line Dance Class.

 Admission: $20 per youth

Arrival: 8:30 P.M.

Program Begins: 9:00 P.M. January 13th

Doors close: 11:00 P.M.

Departure: 6:00 A.M. January 14th

To learn more highlights about U-Nite click Here for the flyer. All youth who attend this event, must have a parental signed waiver, please click Here to download the waiver.

If you have questions about this event, a Question & Answer letter has been created for some common questions, please click Here to download. For driving directions to Eastern Michigan University – Olds Robb Student Recreation Center (AKA Rec I-M Building) 100 Olds Street, EMU Campus, Ypsilanti and to learn about what to bring to U-Nite click Here to download.

“So, What Happened in Portland?” – Birmingham First UMC

Detroit Annual Conference Clergy,

On June 3 at 7:00 PM in our sanctuary, Birmingham First United Methodist is hosting “So, What Happened in Portland?” the second of two Michigan area-wide informational forums on the 2016 United Methodist Church General Conference held in Portland Oregon. The forums are sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Birmingham and the Detroit Renaissance District.  The first forum was held on April 22 and gave United Methodists in Michigan an opportunity to engage in a discussion of the issues, challenges and possible outcomes from this year’s General Conference (GC).  That initial forum was attended by 175 Methodists representing 25 churches in the district.

During this second forum, GC delegates will provide a first-hand review the conference proceedings, discuss the decisions taken in Portland and the impact those decisions will have on the practices and direction of the United Methodist Church.  We are pleased to extend an invitation to attend this second GC informational forum to you and interested members of your congregation.  We will also be inviting all of the UMC churches in the Detroit Renaissance District and around Michigan. For those who are unable to join us on June 3rd, the forum will be available for live streaming. Simply access our website home page (www.fumcbirmingham.org), select the “Live Stream” tab and then click on GC Forum II.


Our second GC forum will focus on several specific areas of interest to all United Methodists, including:

  • The GC decision-making process – how exactly the delegates make determinations on the issues brought before them.
  • Determinations made by delegates on proposals that would:

-empower the U.S. UMC to address uniquely U.S. centric issues,

-extend our denomination’s acceptance of the diversity of human sexuality,

-address the critical need to make disciples of Jesus Christ and provide strategies to revitalize our churches.

We are fortunate to have many of the same informative speakers that addressed our first GC forum on our June 3rd presenting panel of Detroit Conference delegates to the General Conference.

  • Reverend Charles Boayue, Detroit Renaissance District Superintendent
  • Rev. Joy Barrett, pastor, Chelsea United Methodist Church
  • Wayne Bank, lay delegate
  • Diane Brown, lay delegate
  • Rev. Megan Walther, reserve delegate
  • Rev. Laurie Haller, clergy delegate from the West Michigan Conference


Panel members’ presentations will address the specific areas of interest as noted above.  Following each presentation there will be a Q&A driven discussion.


Refreshments will be provided in Fellowship Hall before and after the program.


We look forward to seeing you on June 3rd.  Frank Driscoll of our Church & Society Committee is one of the event coordinators. We would very much appreciate it if you would let Frank know how many people from your church we can expect.  He can be reached by email (frank.driscoll@mellc.co) or by phone (248.666.5021).

Thank you,

Laurie and Gary Haller

Senior Pastors, First United Methodist Church, Birmingham

Ministry with the Poor

May 18 – 20, this national “best-practices” experiential training  will focus on housing, employment and community development, geared toward those looking to implement such programs in their own communities. … Read more

The event is May 18-20, 2016 at Cass Community UMC, 11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit MI. Cost is $100 and a limited number of scholarships are available.

The experience will focus on:

–job creation using community resources and volunteers;
–the theology of work;
–the story of Cass Community Services;
–how to recruit and manage volunteers.

For detailed information and to register, click here.