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'The Fierce Urgency of Now'
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By Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, Ph.D.Senior Pastor, Epworth Chapel UMC, Baltimore The Fierce Urgency of Now – Remembering the March on Washington On August 26, 2023, thousands of people from around the nation and world will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 60th anniversary and...

With joy, Salem UMC unveils mural
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By Melissa Lauber The church and community exploded in a beautiful cacophony of color, design, dance, flavor, and hope as Salem UMC in Baltimore and the Casa de Cultura unveiled a mural Aug. 12 that celebrates the one-year anniversary of the partnership between the two.  Painted by the...

Bishop Devadahr, who led with kindness, dies
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Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, who died unexpectedly earlier this week, is being mourned throughout the denomination and celebrated for his kindness, profound faith and transforming leadership. Services for Bishop Devadhar will be held on the morning of Thursday, July 27, at Hyde Park Community...

CAMP JOY builds faith
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By Becki Wessinger For more than 30 years, youth groups from the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences have been serving in the Appalachian region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia by providing home repair to those who do not have the means to take on the repairs...

Ministering to migrants in DC this summer
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The Baltimore-Washington Conference continues to assist the people at Capitol Hill UMC and others who are welcoming the migrants bused to Washington, D.C. Emma Escobar, coordinator of the BWC's Hispanic/Latino Ministries, shares these new opportunities for engagement.  For more information...

Pride flag missing at Grace UMC
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A Message from the Revs. Amy P. McCullough and Lemuel Dominguez  Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church  Grace UMC in Baltimore has been a Reconciling Church since 2010 and since 2019 a flag has hung from the exterior front wall of our sanctuary as a sign...

Old Otterbein 'digs' into history
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  By: Bonnie McCubbinPhotos by: Bonnie McCubbin & Alison Burdett For two non-consecutive days, June 26 and June 28, 2023 the ground of Old Otterbein United Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD, was scraped back, layer by layer, to reveal what time has hidden. This archeological dig, under...

CAMP HOPE offers opportunities for meaningful service
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By Melissa Lauber If you take a map and draw a 40-mile circle around Frostburg UMC, you will discover a landscape of hope, created over the past 47 years by United Methodist and other youth who have spent weeks during their summer break restoring or repairing hundreds of homes.  CAMP HOPE...

Church leaders respond to SCOTUS ruling
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A letter from four United Methodist General Secretaries Today’s Supreme Court decision ruling unconstitutional the use of affirmative action is antithetical to the social teachings of The United Methodist Church. As stated in the Book of Resolutions, The United Methodist Church sees...