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2018 Annual Conference Overview

June 4, 2018

While never discounting their many differences, the clergy and lay members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered together “As One: Beneath the Cross,” May 30-June 1, at the Marriot Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. Our Melissa Lauber has...

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Ordinand Protest Statement

June 1, 2018

During the plenary session May 31, the Rev. Beth Hutton and seven other ordinands rose to speak on behalf of two of the candidates who were approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry, but were removed as candidates by a ruling of Bishop LaTrelle...

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A statement by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling In response to matters of the Clergy Session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference

May 31, 2018

This denomination has been wrestling with the matter of human sexuality since 1972. The restrictive language was written into our Book of Discipline at that time, and we have been dealing with the ramifications and repercussions ever since. Men...

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Ellicott City Flood 2018

May 30, 2018

Once again, Ellicott City has been hit with a horrible flash flood. As we pray for the people affected by this natural disaster, Fred Sipes, the BWC's Disaster Response Coordinator, and the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, the BWC's Volunteers in...

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Cross is focus of Worship

May 30, 2018

By Melissa Lauber Our Refrain: “We are one beneath the cross, Christ became love for us. Called by Grace, sent to run, we stand as one at the cross.” Gathered beneath the cross, as one, last evening, the people of the...

Bishop upholds UM Discipline

May 30, 2018

By Erik Alsgaard Bishop LaTrelle Easterling issued a ruling of law during the BWC’s clergy session Wednesday night, stating that two individuals the Board of Ordained Ministry had approved were not eligible for ordination and commissioning...

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