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Episcopal Nominees Announced
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After a period of discernment, the Revs. Giovanni Arroyo, Tony Love, Amy McCullough, and Sarah Schlieckert have put their names forth to be considered as candidates for the ministry of bishop in The United Methodist Church. Statements from these candidates to the delegation are...

Obedience and joy can be angelic
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By Melissa Lauber Her name is Angelic. She is a “bald, sneaker-wearing pastor” who just “shows up as herself” in the heart of Baltimore. That could be the entire story. It writes itself.  But add: her parents named her Aretha, then her godparents renamed her. As a...

Stained glass illuminates our story
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  By Calleigh Hoffman  One of my most distinct childhood memories is of wandering the church after service. I would sneak away while my parents stood and talked to the congregation members. If I was lucky, the lights would've been shut off by then. I remember opening the...

Riverfront Ministries redefines church
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By Melissa Lauber At Riverfront Ministries in Wilmington, Delaware, they are convinced that God is still creating, and so they’ve aligned themselves with that spirit of creativity, letting imagination guide them into uncertainty and the possibilities of the Holy Spirit. It’s sacred...

Area UMs raising significant funds for migrants
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Go to the bottom of this page to make a donation. United Methodists are called to welcome and assist the sojourner. During the past year, thousands of sojourners, migrants seeking new lives in the United States, are being used as political pawns, being bussed by leaders in Texas and Arizona...

Initial results of restructuring survey shared
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Addressing an opportunity to make the BWC more mission-minded, Spirit-driven and Christ-centered, the BWC is gathering information from clergy and laity on how the conference's current eight districts might be restructured. A survey on restructuring was completed by many church leaders in...

'What if...' A reflection and call to prayer and fasting
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 By Rev. Dr. Lillian C. SmithPastor, Cheverly UMC in Cheverly, Maryland What if our current efforts for church revitalization are missing something? What if some of what we have focused our attention on to effect congregational revitalization and vitality needs to be preceded and...

Health care and gun violence top legislative priorities
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By Melissa Lauber Jesus stood boldly in the public square and preached for justice, peace and equity. United Methodists should do no less, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling told a group gathered on Nov. 18 at the BWC Mission Center and online to explore legislative advocacy. “People of faith are...