News and Views

May 2016

May 10 wrap-up: Opening worship, rules debate

May 11, 2016

With a drum welcome from indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, United Methodists gathered for the 2016 General Conference, the top legislative body of the denomination, joined in a cacophony of “alleluias” in many languages during opening...

The word is… go

May 11, 2016

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.

Changes coming to BWC health plan, 2017 budget

May 10, 2016

At the June Annual Conference session, BWC members will hear about changes to clergy health insurance and vote on the 2017 budget. These items were discussed at the Pre-Conference briefing on April 30.

Tom’s Creek UMC hosts Face of America rest stop

May 6, 2016

When a representative of the World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America bike ride asked Tom’s Creek UMC to host a rest stop on Sunday morning, April 24, for the nearly 700 riders who would be passing through the area, I was honored and elated.

New superintendent appointed

May 4, 2016

Bishop Marcus Matthews has named the Rev. Gerard A. “Gerry” Green, Jr. to serve as superintendent of the Greater Washington District. His appointment begins July 1.

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An Open Letter to Boards of Ordained Ministry

May 3, 2016

On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote an open letter from the Birmingham jail, where he had been imprisoned for non-violent marches protesting segregation. He wrote his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, in part, to express his...