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Glimpses: Shrine offers history and mystery
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By Melissa Lauber It was a scorching summer day at Strawbridge Shrine in New Windsor when Myca Jones and I did a video shoot with Rev. Doug Tzan for a fascinating resource he’s written that illuminates Methodist history in new ways.  The heat index was 104 degrees and history...

Arroyo named Secretary of Commission on Religion and Race
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The Rev. Dr. Giovanni Arroyo, an ordained Elder and member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, has been elected as the General Secretary (chief executive) for The United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Religion and Race, effective August 31. Bishop Cynthia...

At bishop's death, a friend remembers
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By Rev. Wilson Shearer The Rev. Wilson Shearer was friends with the recently deceased Bishop Joseph Yeakel for 68 years. Shearer was recently asked by Lebanon Valley College to reflect upon their relationship. He remembers:  When I first met Joseph Yeakel in 1947, it was at an activity...

We mourn the death of Bishop Yeakel
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  Bishop Joseph Hughes Yeakel, who served as the episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference from 1984 to 1996, died July 4 at the age of 93 at the Danbury Woods Senior Living Center in Wooster, Ohio. . The prayers of the Baltimore-Washington Conference are with the family and...

Celebrating Wesley's birthday in his own words
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By Robert J. Williams John Wesley, Methodism's founder,  was born on June 17, 1703, while England was still using the Julian calendar. England adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 and thus Wesley’s birth date became June 28. His birthday reflections give us a glimpse into how he...

Juneteenth calls for reflection and action
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By Melissa Lauber  On Emancipation Sunday, June 20, preachers in pulpits throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference celebrated the establishment this week of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. They called on United Methodists to re-commit themselves to reflection and action in the cause...

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...