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“We are One: Beneath the Cross” is the guiding theme for the more than 1,200 members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference when they gather for their Annual Conference Session on Wednesday, May 30, through Friday, June 1, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel

This year, a Pre-Conference Briefing will be held Saturday, April 21, to allow participants the opportunity to become well-acquainted with issues coming before the May gathering. The first session will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Jackson Chapel UMC in Frederick. The second will be at St. John’s United Church, at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  The contents of both sessions will be similar. Lay and clergy members are invited to attend whichever is most convenient. No registration is required.

The Conference begins with separate clergy and laity sessions beginning in the afternoon of May 30. The presiding bishop, LaTrelle Easterling, will preach at opening worship that evening. A clergy retiree luncheon and several workshops will also be held that day.

Ordination will be held in the evening on Thursday, May 31. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Conference will preach. The Memorial Service, to honor those who have died in the previous year, will be June 1. The Rev. Craig McLaughlin, of Mt. Zion UMC in Bel Air, will preach. 

The Rev. Shively T.J. Smith, professor of the New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary, will lead two Bible study sessions. The Rev. Barbara Lemmel will be the featured speaker at the laity session. She is the director of Tending the Fire, a consulting group that empowers wise, resilient leadership for changing times.

Throughout the conference, in a series of plenary sessions, members are expected to vote on the 2019 budget, learn about a new committee structure that will transform the BWC’s potential for equipping leaders and local churches for ministry, and consider several resolutions.

Leaders of the BWC’s delegation to General Conference are also expected to give a report on the work of the Commission on the Way Forward and the Council of Bishops, and the 2019 called session of General Conference, which will address the denomination’s stance on homosexuality.

The registration fee, for those who register between March 15 and May 2, is $139; late registration is $189.

Those who register for meals will note that the cost of meals at the session have gone down significantly with the move back to Baltimore. Breakfast is $22, lunch is $30 and dinner is $40.

This year’s Annual Conference Session will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Rooms in the BWC block at the Waterfront are sold out for Wednesday and Thursday during Annual Conference.  

You may still reserve rooms for any other nights at the Waterfront during Conference week on 1-877-212-5752.  The daily room rate is $168 plus tax for a single, double or triple room until May 7, or until these rooms are sold out.  Please advise the reservation agent that you are eligible to receive the BWC Conference rate.

Arrangements have been made for a limited number of rooms at these three hotels:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor, 101 S. President Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (.4 miles from the Waterfront)
    • Daily room rate is $139 plus tax per night single or double until May 7
    • To reserve a room, you may call the hotel at 410-837-9900
    • Or you can Click Here to book your room on-line
  • Pier 5 Hotel, Inner Harbor, 711 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202 (.2 miles from the Waterfront)
    • Daily room rate of $169 plus tax for single or double until April 28
    • To reserve a room, you may call the hotel at 410-539-2000
    • Or you can Click Here to book your room on-line
  • Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor, 1000 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202 (.3 miles from the Waterfront)
    • Daily rate of $159 plus tax for a single or double until May 6
    • To reserve a room, you may call Marriott Reservations on 800-321-2211 or the hotel at 443-923-4000.
    • Or you can Click Here to book your room on-line

When you contact any of these hotels, please remember to advise the reservation agent that you are eligible to receive the BWC Conference rate.   If you have any questions regarding any of the hotels listed above, please email .

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