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Court rules in Boy Scout bankruptcy case
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From United Methodist Communications, Office of Public InformationA 281-page ruling last Friday in the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) bankruptcy proceedings indicates that most of the reorganization plan meets the criteria of bankruptcy law and is constitutional. The ruling approves the...

Tenants move into St. Luke's new affordable housing
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By Ken Camper St. Luke’s UMC in Reisterstown continues to build on the spirit of a project they completed last spring, creating a renewed enthusiasm for service and discipleship at the church. On March 13, when there was still snow on the ground, the congregation held a dedication...

North Bethesda UMC targeted by vandals
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North Bethesda UMC was one of three churches in Bethesda targeted by vandals over the weekend. At around 1:30 a.m. on July 9, the church was broken into, more than $1,000 of damage was done, and attempts were made to set multiple fires, Montgomery County police reported.  Damage was...

Bethune to be honored with statue in U.S. Capitol
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By Melissa Lauber Mary McLeod Bethune’s faith enabled her to create a legacy that speaks through time and space into today’s culture. On July 13, this legacy will be elevated, as a monument to this United Methodist civil rights leader and educator is installed in Statuary Hall in the...

Thinking Like a Church Planter
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A Report by Ben Rigsby on the North Texas Planters Gathering This year the church planter conversation is overwhelmingly focused on the topic of finance. How do we pay to start new communities, or creatively keep old ones in a place where they can actively reach their neighbors. This gathering...

Wesley Freedom houses Hope Rising
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  From Kevin Silberzahn Hope Rising Resource Center held an Open House on June 12 to celebrate its newly designated mission space at Wesley Freedom UMC; the hiring of a new Executive Director, Shannon Reinhardt; and the receipt of a $20,000 grant awarded by The Kahlert Foundation, led by...

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...