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Friendship from Forgiveness
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J. T. Clark and C. J. Martin Jr. were brought together after a traffic accident with Martin resulted in the death of Clark’s brother and sister-in-law. Two months after his brother’s death, Clark showed up at Martin’s court hearing to pay his fines. Now, the two men are partners in a ministry of...

What Middle Am I In?
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The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli reflects on her work with "the middle" in addressing differences that threaten the Church. She and others are creatively claiming the wisdom of the past and seeking God in their midst in order to think afresh about God.

Rev. Linda Louise Shafer
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Rev. Linda Louise Shafer, 63, of Silver Spring, died June 27, 2017, after a long illness.  A memorial service was held at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church July 16. Linda Shafer was born July 24, 1953, to Lindsay and Louise Shafer of Westminster.  After graduating from Westminster...

UMs gather for 'Worship in the Park'
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On Sunday, May 28, the congregations of Wards Memorial UMC in Owings, and Corkran Memorial UMC in Temple Hills, worshipped together at the West River United Methodist Center. There was singing, prayer, Scripture and the preached Word, “I Got the Keys,” was brought forth by Lesley Newman-Sewell...

In their own words: BWC youth want to be seen
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The Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) represents the youth of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. We have monthly meetings that we use to further our topic of “Stress Less.” Our other major goal is for our youth leaders, pastors, and adults in the church to see us – see us for who we...

See One Another
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One. One. It is typically the first number that we ever encounter. It is the number after zero and before two. I’m not a necessarily a mathematician, but I know it is the first odd number; it’s strange. It is not a composite number, and it is not a prime number because its only positive divisor...

June 12 is not just another day to me
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June 12 was the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia case, in which the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional any state laws barring marriage based on race. This is of special significance to me as my wife, Dana, and I are an interracial couple living in Maryland, which also had...

Rev. Emmanuel M. Gitlin
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Rev. Emmanuel M. Gitlin, 94, of Hickory, North Carolina, died June 13, 2017. He was an extension minister who was part of the Baltimore Conference in the mid-1960s, then withdrew in 1968. He spent most of his ministerial career as a professor and missionary. He was reinstated to the conference...