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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...

BWC perseveres in hope, faith, joy
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By Melissa LauberAmid mass shootings, wars abroad, two years of pandemic and isolation, oppression, depression, and anxiety, the Baltimore-Washington Conference met online in its Annual session June 1-3 for a time of prayer, holy conferencing, and to proclaim a spirt of perseverance and...

New budget undergirds local stewardship ministries
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In an on-going effort to empower the stewardship of local churches, BWC members passed a $18,223,006 budget for 2023 that helps in the recovery from pandemic challenges and addresses the uncertainty of future changes in the denomination. The budget is based on the 90 percent collection rate...

Board assists clergy with affordable health care
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Providing outstanding benefits and health care to clergy in this season of pandemic and stress continues to be a priority for the BWC’s Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, reported the board’s chair, the Rev. Cary James. This year is the Conference’s fifth year with...