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Fresh Expressions movement redefines church's potential
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By Melissa Lauber“ … These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also,” read the Rev. Bill Brown, with hushed anticipation from Acts 17:6 to a group of people gathered Nov. 4 at the Baltimore-Washington Conference Mission Center. He was hoping a...

UM Deaf Caucus Gathers in Dallas
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By Rev. Dr. Leo Yates, Jr. Picture it: hands are signing, longtime friends are hugging, and greetings are shared by Deaf and hard-of-hearing United Methodists who traveled to Dallas, TX to attend the conference hosted by the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf (UMCD), a Deaf caucus of The...

Bishop shares opportunity for restructuring to make BWC more mission minded, Spirit-driven and Christ-centered
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In a message to the laity and clergy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling invites area United Methodists to imagine, dream and vision a new way forward.  She and a task force of conference leaders are proposing a restructuring of the Conference. The change in...

In Memoriam: Bishop William Grove
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Bishop William Boyd Grove, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, died Oct. 27. He served as an episcopal leader in the Northeastern Jurisdiction from 1980 to 1996. Upon learning of his death, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling noted that she had the joy and privilege of being in a covenant...

Kent named new Property with Purpose Coordinator
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By Melissa Lauber Lucinda “Cindy” Kent dwells in possibility. This fall, she starts her new position as the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences’ Property with Purpose Coordinator, a newly created position to assist churches in discovering new ways to...

Next Level calls for innovation and curiosity
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By Melissa Lauber Imagine 1,000 experiments being conducted in a spirit of mission and ministry unfolding throughout area United Methodist churches. Imagine sacred spaces brimming with curiosity and creativity. Imagine your church alive with God-inspired innovation that builds vitality, hope...

Silver Spring UMC to build housing as act of faith and justice
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In a gradually unfolding, creative and bold shift in church culture, Silver Spring UMC is working to ensure that its building is used to serve its vision, and not the other way around. “Our goal is to build, in bricks and mortar, who it is we say we are as the body of Jesus Christ,&rdquo...