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Fasting offers witness to freedom
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By Melissa Lauber Sometimes politics and faith collide in ways that can shape national agendas. One prayer, one fast, one word spoken from the heart has the potential to transform – at least that’s the hope with the Fast for Freedom now underway in Washington, D.C. Emma Escobar...

Blessings offered for clergy moving to new ministries
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By Melissa Lauber The people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered in-person and online June 7 to offer a blessing to the more than 100 ordained clergy and local pastors who are being called and appointed to serve in new ministries starting July 1. At the time of the service, 28...

Association of Conference Lay Leaders issues message
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Greetings and Blessings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, As your Conference Lay Leaders, we affirm that active lay persons in vital local congregations are crucial for accomplishing the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We...

Shitama to lead BWC leadership initiatives
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“Where is God leading us? What do you think God wants us to be?” Questions like this delight and challenge the Rev. Jack Shitama, executive director of Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville, Md., in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. They spur him to dream and cast visions and to...

Old Otterbein celebrates 250 years of spiritual fervor
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 Old Otterbein UMC in Baltimore celebrates is 250th anniversary this year. The Rev. Cynthia Horn Burkert, co-chair of the church’s anniversary committee, shared this presentation at the Northeast Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History on May 12. Here is what we are...