News and Views

September 2017

Church should be a sanctuary for difficult conversations

September 12, 2017

This was some summer of discontent. We witnessed many divisions in our politics and culture spilling into the streets in marches and protests, and most vividly in the violence in Charlottesville. We see in data increasing evidence that our...

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Rev. Diane L. Rainey

September 10, 2017

The Rev. Diane L. Rainey, 72, wife of the Rev. Joe S. Rainey, both Elders on extension, died Sept. 10, 2017, from cancer in the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Hospice Center in Arlington, Va. A Memorial service was held Oct. 7 at Bethesda United...

Heritage Landmarks: United Brethren Founding Sites Cluster, Frederick and Washington Counties

September 8, 2017

The cluster includes the United Brethren founding place at the Peter Kemp house, homes and graves of Bishops Newcomer and Russell; the Geeting house and Geeting Meetinghouse/Mt. Hebron site continuing as Salem UMC, Keedysville; Trinity United...

Puerto Rico requests prayers

September 7, 2017

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is requesting prayers for the people of Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irma brings its destructive force to that country. Our Conference has a covenant relationship with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.

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Bishop speaks at DACA rally

September 5, 2017

Moments before the federal government decided to end the program that provides permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition joined members of immigrant communities from...

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Rev. Mary Brown Oliver

September 5, 2017

The Rev. Mary Brown Oliver, a retired Elder, died Sept. 5, 2017. A Celebration of Life service was held Sept. 16 at National UMC (Metropolitan Memorial) in Washington, D.C., following viewings at Ebenezer UMC on Sept. 15 and preceding the...