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People of faith mobilize around refugee crisis
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By Rev. Neal Christie On Saturday the One Journey Festival celebrated the gifts and opportunities refugees offer the world as well as the many challenges refugees continue to face.  One Journey amplifies refugee voices and enhances public awareness of refugee talents and contributions...

D.C. March calls for economic equity for all
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By Calia Christie Learn more and take action    Sign up to take Action through Baltimore Washington Conference Legislative Action Alerts!    United Methodist Social Principles: Economic Community  Learn more about the Third Reconstruction to fully address poverty...

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty
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WASHINGTON (RNS) — Thousands of clergy, union leaders, activists and scholars rallied near the U.S. Capitol on Saturday (June 18) at a march organized by the Poor People’s Campaign, calling on Congress to take action and address the plight of millions of Americans who struggle with poverty and...

BWC endorses Daniels for episcopacy
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By Melissa Lauber Being endorsed as a candidate for the episcopacy was the furthest thing from the Rev. Joseph Daniels’ mind when he attended the 2022 session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. But when he heard his name recommended, something in his soul told him to pay...

Shiloh UMC responds to Smithsburg shootings
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By Melissa Lauber At Shiloh UMC in Hagerstown, the people’s hearts are so interwoven that their stories are written on one another’s faces and across one another’s lives. On June 12, Pastor Dionne Hall stood in front of the church, looked into those faces and saw the tragedy...

Resources to Take Action against Gun Violence
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By Susan Bender, Chair, Gun Violence Prevention Team Our hearts cry out for the recent shooting victims in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa, and all around our conference. Gun violence is a complicated issue and there is no simple answer. That doesn’t mean we should accept that nothing can be done...

UMs make their mark, create vitality
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United Methodists throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference are making their marks as they pursue vitality and transform the world so that all people might live life to the fullest. Pursuing Bishop LaTrelle Easterling’s vision of 100 percent of churches becoming 100 percent vital...

Relationships vital to life and faith, ordinands told
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Twenty-four men and women responded to God’s call to set-apart ministry, and were celebrated by their colleagues and loved ones at a worship service held June 3 at Glen Mar UMC in Ellicott City. During the service, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling prayed over and blessed the nine Elders and...