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 session June 3.
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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.
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 their families.
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 retiring Aug. 31 after 42 years in ministry.
When Bishop Young Jin Cho, of the Virginia Area, first heard the theme of this annual conference, “You Have the Power,” his first thought was simply, “Really?”
By a nearly unanimous vote June 2, members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference adopted a $14.2 million apportionment budget for 2017. The budget represents a decrease of 0.8 percent from 2016 and is the fifth consecutive year the apportioned budget has been between $14.1 and $14.3 million...
The morning session Thursday included greetings from and to many honored guests. Among them were a delegation from Korea and the Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“How great is our God?” asked Young Adult Council Chair Raimon Jackson as he sang to open the Connectional Ministries report at Annual Conference June 2. Eleven-year-old Nora Meeks, of Silver Spring UMC, responded with her witness of traveling on her first mission trip with the BWC to...
Bishop Marcus Matthews preached his final sermon as leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference during opening worship Thursday night, returning to the themes he established when he arrived four years ago: making each church a prayer station; each church bringing one person to Christ; and each...
In a historic moment, members of Upper New York Annual Conference connect live with the BWC, whose members are meeting in Washington D.C., to honor and bid farewell to Bishop Matthews, who is retiring.