News and Views

March 2016

Making prayer beads for General Conference

March 31, 2016

On March19, members of the Patapsco-Lodge Forest Cooperative Parish, a United Methodist Community, spent part of their Saturday making prayer beads for General Conference delegates.

BMCR Meets in Baltimore

March 30, 2016

Standing before the 330 members of the national Black Methodists for Church Renewal, who gathered in Baltimore March 10-12, U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings shared how, as a child, he could not come into downtown Baltimore because it was a...

Belle W. Sunderland – March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016

Belle W. Sunderland, 100, the wife of the late Rev. Thomas W. Sunderland died in her sleep Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev., where she had lived the past 25 years, near her youngest son. A memorial service was held at Camp Chapel...

Tales and Lessons of Vitality and Transformation

March 16, 2016

In today’s world of church growth, vitality is something to which congregations aspire. But in the Washington Region, five unique congregations have stopped striving to be vital and begun to simply live out, in the best ways they know, the Great...


March 14, 2016

Three weeks. It was three weeks ago this morning when I settled into my favorite chair with a cup of hot coffee on the table next to me and opened the pages of the Washington Post.

Maryland church receives top award in national contest

March 10, 2016

With 55 EMS (Every Man Shares in Evangelism, Mission and Spiritual Life) members and support for scores of community projects, Queen’s Chapel UMC in Beltsville, Md., breezed away with the top award in the second annual national contest to select...