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Passing the Torch

June 12, 2017

To appreciate my age, when I drove my first car, to signal left or right required me to hold out my arm outside the window to signal a turn, even in rain or snow. There was also a time, 51 years ago, that I was watching my 13-inch black and white...

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The word is… reconnect

June 8, 2017

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.

Where do we go from here? Full inclusion, division or what?

June 3, 2017

I am a fifth-generation Methodist. I was baptized, confirmed and nurtured in the Christian faith at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Oxen Hill, Md., and Gibbons United Methodist Church in Brandywine, Md. I sensed God's calling on my life to...

Statement by T.C. Morrow, June 2, 2017

June 3, 2017

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...

Statement by J. Philip Wogaman, May 31, 2017

June 3, 2017

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...

Statement by Ann Brown Birkel, June 1, 2017

June 3, 2017

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...

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