News and Views

June 2016

Policy and process focus of legislation

June 4, 2016

How will conference members consider controversial social issues? What measures should a church take if its pastor dies? These were two of several policy and process questions the members of Baltimore-Washington wrestled with during the plenary...

‘Like the stars, let your light shine,’ bishop tells mourners

June 4, 2016

Bishop James King Jr. of South Carolina preached Friday at the Memorial Service to remember the 29 clergy, 27 clergy spouses and lay members of the conference who have died since the last annual conference. He called his words of comfort, “Twinkle.”

Church must grow in spirituality, Cho says

June 4, 2016

“You Have the Power.” When Bishop Young Jin Cho, of the Virginia Area, first heard that this was the theme of the 2016 Baltimore-Washington Conference, his first thought was simply, “Really?”

Larocca Jones - June 4, 2016

June 4, 2016

Larocca “Rocky” Jones, 85, wife of the Rev. Kenneth Jones, died peacefully June 4, 2016. She had dementia the last few months. A Memorial Service was held June 30, at Faith UMC in Rockville with the Rev. Kathryn Woodrow...

Upper New York and Baltimore-Washington Conferences link up during Session

June 3, 2016

In a historic moment, members of Upper New York Annual Conference connect live with the BWC, whose members are meeting in Washington D.C., to honor and bid farewell to Bishop Matthews, who is retiring.

Bishop’s sermon a return to familiar, urgent themes

June 3, 2016

Bishop Marcus Matthews preached his final sermon as leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference during opening worship Thursday night, returning to the themes he established when he arrived four years ago: making each church a prayer station...