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reCall 3.0 explores changing narratives
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  by Erik Alsgaard The church, said the Rev. David Anderson Hooker, is in a unique position to address the issues of privilege, power and poverty. That was the message Oct. 18 and 19 in Baltimore as he spoke at the reCall Summit 3.0. Hooker, who once served as Assistant Attorney General...

Episcopal candidate nomination process begins
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  This fall begins a season in which Elders in the Baltimore-Washington Conference are asked to discern if they may feel a call to serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. At the Northeast Jurisdictional Conference, which will be held July 13-17, 2020, in Hunt Valley, it is...

Postcard 1 - Exploring Immigration
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Nineteen members from the Baltimore-Washington Conference began an immersion experience for a long weekend on Oct. 11 with instructions from the poet Ranier Maria Rilke: “Live the questions and your experience will become the answer.”

Postcard 2 - What Separates Us
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The border wall runs through Friendship Park in San Diego, California. Armed guards watch as families enter the space between two fences. On the other side of the fence, barely visible, is Tijuana, Mexico. The families come on weekends, to steal a few minutes, talking to loved ones through the...

Postcard 3 - Ministry Says 'Yes'
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At Christ Ministry Center in San Diego, they know that “anxiety is the opposite of faith.” In 2011, Christ UMC closed its doors and the Rev. Bill Jenkins re-opened the facility as a Ministry Center. The center houses a vast array of ministries and congregations, but at its heart is...

Postcard 4 – Faith at the Wall
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Every Sunday, as members of the bi-national Border Church worship together, a microphone allows voices and songs to be shared as prayers are raised from both sides of the border.

Postcard 5 – Building Hope
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Working with migrants has taught Bishop Felipe Ruiz Aguilar humility. It’s also taught him things he never wanted to know. For example, he said, Mexican mothers putting their teenage daughters on “The Beast,” a train that will take them through Mexico to the US border. The...

Border Immersion - A Justice Journey
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Immigration policies stir up people's opinions and for many have become an issue of faith. Recently,  Emma Escobar, the BWC's coordinator of Latino Ministries, led a group of United Methodists  on a Border Immersion experience. Melissa Lauber sends postcards home to the people of the...