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Source Collaborative helps churches thrive
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By Melissa Lauber See videos from: First UMC in Hyattsville, Md. Gethsemane UMC in Capitol Heights, Md. Grace UMC in Wilmington, Del. Middlesex UMC in Carlisle, Pa. Two years ago, four United Methodist churches embarked on a journey with Wesley Seminary’s Source Collaborative to...

Why should UMs participate in legislative advocacy?
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By Neal Christie Active members of The United Methodist Church are motivated to engage in mission projects. We offer direct service through our communities or congregations. We meet people at the point of their needs. But many United Methodists are also engaged in advocating for justice. Some...

Young People's Ministry Missional Innovation Grants
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We celebrate the five recipients of this year’s BWC Young People's Ministry Missional Innovation Grants, which total $25,000.  They include: The Four Church Collaborative Youth Program (FCC)as a collaboration between Wards 4,5,6, and 7 represented by Mount Vernon UMC, Petworth UMC...

MAP sets course for church's future
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By Melissa Lauber Amid drastic changes in cultural and religious landscapes, the Church is having to simultaneously serve as hospice nurse and midwife – retiring programs that have become irrelevant to the community and giving birth to new ministries that bring about meaningful...

Frostburg Campus Ministry addresses recent shooting
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By Neal Christie This semester the United Campus Ministry at Frostburg University has had a particular calling as it prepares students for the stress of finals and the end of the semester and looks to the relief and promise of peace for Christmas. Like too many college campus ministries across...

Dumbarton UMC: Looking Backward to Live Forward
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By Mittie Quinn Tracing their existence to a gathering in a cooper’s shop in Georgetown in December 1772, Dumbarton UMC continues to celebrate its Wesleyan Heritage. Like other 250-year-old Methodist churches in the Baltimore-Washington area, that first congregation hosted Francis Asbury...