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LYNC is 'the church we hope to become'
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By Erik Alsgaard Sprinkled throughout every General Conference, advocacy groups and coalitions form a part of the legislative process that is central to this meeting. Among those, you can find groups coming together to advocate for a fossil-free United Methodist Church; Mainstream UMC, a group...

BWC delegation leaders see new day dawning
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By Erik Alsgaard* CHARLOTTE – (April 28) -- As the first week of General Conference wrapped up its first week of work on Saturday, April 27, the Baltimore-Washington Conference delegation co-chairs took a moment to reflect on their efforts and what lies ahead. For both the Rev. Ianther...

Postcards home from General Conference
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Walking into a season of newness from Melissa Lauber  – May 3  The “hard work and heart work” was completed and is just beginning. The General Conference closed by passing a budget and with a rapid flurry of voting on diverse matters from approving constitutional...

Adullum Healthcare creates trajectory of hope
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By Melissa Lauber Irance Reddix-McCray is equally at home with a cross or a stethoscope. In fact, as a doctor and an ordained United Methodist pastor, she has discovered that faith and medicine often work best when intertwined. Health care is “not an absence of disease,” the Rev. Dr...

BWC offers aid following Key Bridge collapse
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The Baltimore-Washington Conference is an active member of Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). The church's assistance has been requested to support the 136 foreign nationals residing on the seven ships in the Port of Baltimore following the collapse of the Key...

Seven Last Words of Mothers of Murdered Sons
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By Melissa LauberGood Friday is a time for deep contemplation as Christians reflect upon Christ’s words as he hung and died upon a cross. But this year, at Northwood-Appold UMC in Baltimore, church leaders challenged United Methodists to let the lessons of Good Friday move beyond the foot...