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Arroyo installed as GCORR leader
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See a video of Giovanni Arroyo's installation service The Rev. Dr. Giovanni Arroyo was installed as General Secretary of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race on Oct. 14 in a worship service at National UMC in Washington, D.C. He is the first Latino to lead a denominational...

A letter home from hurricane-swept Florida
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The Rev. Susan Duchesneau, a retired Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, now lives in Punta Gorda, Florida. On Oct. 3, she wrote a letter to the people of Ferndale UMC where she was a pastor. With her permission, we share it with you. Greetings!  Our family is safe in Punta...

Korean Caucus meets to stop Asian hate
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The Korean Caucus of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, whose president is the  Rev. Myungha Baek, held a Stop Asian Hate Crime seminar on Oct. 1  at Bethany Korean UMC in Ellicott City.  The Rev. Dawn Hand, superintendent of the Central Maryland District, opened the...

Lessons in Leadership
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At the invitation of their district superintendents, several clergy leaders from the Peninsula-Delaware and Baltimore-Washington Conferences met with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling on Sept. 28. They discussed how churches can grow in vitality and “do something expansive for God.” As part...

Honoring Indigenous People's Day
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The General Conference of The United Methodist Church affirms the sacredness of Native American people, their languages, cultures, and gifts to the church and the world, past and present. As people of faith, we celebrate and honor Native American peoples and commemorate their histories...

Asbury UMC finds light in river baptisms
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 Miracles happens, and sometimes they surprise us. During the pandemic, the Rev. Gay Carden pastored sick people and led the funerals of those who died. “There was a darkness in the pandemic,” she said. Recently, she also found the light. On Sept. 15, Carden, pastor of Asbury...

Ukrainians reflect on war and faith
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By Rev. Charles L. Harrell “Why did God let this happen to us?”  That question is on the hearts and minds of many of her fellow Ukrainians since February, according to Pastor Alla of the Kamyanitsa UMC.  Pastor Alla was one of seven United Methodist leaders from the...

HOPP provides inspiration for missional vitality
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By Melissa Lauber “Better together.” That’s the foundational philosophy of HOPP, the Harvest Outreach People Project, that is drawing United Methodist churches in Wilmington, Delaware, together to resource them for becoming partners with people in their...

NEJ calls Special Session
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The Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops, in consultation with the Committee on Episcopacy, has announced a Special Called Session of Jurisdictional Conference, to be held virtually Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two specific items on the agenda are: Hearing a report...