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Laity must claim the 'power to choose'
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 Delores Martin, Lay Leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, often says that United Methodism is a faith that believes in the ministry of all believers. For the annual Laity Address, she invited Bonnie Ives Marden, a leader in the New England Conference and chair of the Northeastern...

Trustees outline process for disaffiliation
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As members in The United Methodist Church continue to hold differing views on how to address homosexuality, a process of disaffiliation has been established in Paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline for churches wishing to leave the denomination. Each Annual Conference has also been...

Service of Remembrance celebrates 'great cloud of witnesses'
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On June 2, members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered to remember the great cloud of witnesses, men, and women – clergy and laity – who faithfully served God during their lifetimes and died during the past year. During the Service of Remembrance, Bishop LaTrelle...

One Matters awards presented
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In a celebration of discipleship and faithfulness, the Baltimore-Washington Conference awarded The One Matters Award that honors churches that have turned zero professions of faith into at least one with a renewed focus on discipleship. The Rev. Bill Brown, the BWC’s Director of Creative...

Discipleship Council reports growth in church vitality
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In its report to Annual Conference, the Rev. Jessica Hayden, the chair of the Discipleship Council, reported on the state of discipleship in BWC’s 606 churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the panhandle of West Virginia. Her report was based on the Discipleship Ministries Report...

Trustees report on church closings
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While only one church – Cherry Run UMC in Hedgesville – requested to be formally closed at this year’s Annual Conference Session, over the past three years the BWC has seen a spike in church sales, said the Rev. Sheridan Allmond, the chair of the Conference Board of...

Members hear update on BSA bankruptcy case
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Members of the BWC heard an update on the Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy case on June 2. The Baltimore-Washington Conference will use Conference reserve funds to pay its $1.38 million share of the settlement, which will address 53 claims of sexual misconduct that were attributed to the BWC for...

Daniels endorsed as BWC candidate for bishop
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NOTE:  On Aug. 25, the Rev. Joseph Daniels withdrew his name as the BWC’s endorsed candidate for the episcopacy.  In a letter to the BWC’s General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation, he wrote: “Every day since June 2 of this year, I have been overwhelmingly...

BWC celebrates excellence and discipleship
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Excellence in ministry takes a thousand different forms and wears a thousand different faces. On June 2, the Baltimore-Washington Conference took time to honor two churches and several individuals for their faithfulness, gifts, and the unique and powerful ways they serve and honor God. At the...