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31 new clergy given ‘holy habits’ for ministry

June 9, 2016

Family and friends filled the ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the worship service of ordination and commissioning that is the highlight of the Annual Conference Session for many people. The occasion is the...

2016 Annual Conference Overview

June 6, 2016

Meeting under the theme “You Have the Power,” 1,701 lay and clergy members from 631 churches in the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered at the 232nd annual session. The June 1-4 event at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C...

Bishop Matthews honored for 42 years of powerful ministry

June 4, 2016

In an evening filled with tributes, music, thanksgiving, praise, and insights (more in a moment), the Baltimore-Washington Conference said farewell to Bishop Marcus Matthews. The BWC’s episcopal leader for the past four years, Matthews is...

Clergy couples seek fairness

June 4, 2016

In a move to support clergy couples in addressing the rising costs of health care, Annual Conference members voted to create a policy that ensures a specific policy and an annually-called meeting that will address the needs of these couples and...

‘The world is our parish’

June 4, 2016

The Baltimore-Washington Conference is part of a global church and lives out that reality through partnerships with Methodists around the world. Friday afternoon, members heard updates on each.

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...

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