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Change Makers create new kind of church
Posted by Melissa Lauber on

Change-makers gather The church must rediscover its relevance, the Change-makers believe. It has the resources, it has the good ideas. It has the will and the way. What it is missing is imagination. And so, they offer opportunities for people to get out of their contexts and into their...

The word is... Expect
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Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column. Expect By Mandy SayersLead Pastor, Glen Mar UMC, Ellicott City Advent...

Expert explores vibrant youth ministry
Posted by Erik Alsgaard on

The Rev. Mark DeVries, an expert in sustainable youth ministry, presents a workshop at Bethany UMC in Ellicott City Oct. 20. The definition of youth ministry, according to Mark DeVries, is “one failure after another, with enthusiasm.” DeVries, the founder of Ministry Architects in...

Campus Ministry relies on Student Day gifts
Posted by Melissa Lauber on

UM Student Day is Nov. 25. On this Special Sunday, churches are asked to take up a Special Offering to support scholarships nationally, and to assist four area campus ministries. One of these ministries is at Frostburg University. Starting college can be a stressful time in any young...

How to love through resistance
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By Ginger Gaines-Cirelli* Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli The language of “resistance” has a long history. I’m not a political theorist or activist; I’m a pastor-theologian and a follower of Jesus. Thus, the language of “resistance” for Christians evolves through...

Lovely Lane UMC brings art into sacred spaces
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Ever since humans etched their story on caves more than 35,000 year ago, art and sacred space have been intertwined in human history. From its creation in 1884, Lovely Lane UMC in Baltimore has recognized this relationship. Recently, they moved to intentionally strengthen the link between art...

Shrine looks at how history illuminates today
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Marian Gottee, the Tour Guide Coordinator at Strawbridge Shrine, plays the piano during the Shrine's annual meeting. The called session of General Conference in February is raising many questions about the future of The United Methodist Church. Members of the Strawbridge Shrine Association are...