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We’re in this together, mourners reassured
Posted by Linda Worthington on

At each Annual Conference Session, those clergy and clergy spouses who died during the past year are remembered. Family members or friends light a candle as each one’s name is called. Those remembered this year included four bishops and four bishops’ spouses, 23 clergy and 17 clergy spouses...

BOOM report addresses full LGBTQI+ inclusion
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After significant deliberation, the Baltimore-Washington Conference Board of Ordained Ministry voted in May not to move TC Morrow ahead in the process of becoming an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church. Morrow, a lesbian, entered the candidacy process in 2016. With this decision, the...

Statement by Ann Brown Birkel, June 1, 2017
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Our region is in many ways the cradle of American Methodism. Throughout the long and storied history of our Annual Conference, we Methodists have created colleges and hospitals and a leading seminary. We have ministered to the poor, the hungry and the sick and have tried hard to oppose injustice...

Statement by J. Philip Wogaman, May 31, 2017
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I was ordained an elder almost exactly 60 years ago. My wife Carolyn and I celebrated our 60th anniversary last summer. We have shared the beauties and joys of ministry throughout those years. I have had many privileges and opportunities to serve the church and its people at all levels.

Statement by T.C. Morrow, June 2, 2017
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Since receiving the disappointing news of the Board of Ordained Ministry's decision not to put me forward to this year's clergy session of Annual Conference with recommendation for provisional membership as a deacon, my mind keeps returning to all that is “good” in The United Methodist Church...