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Opening worship delivers call to persevere
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With the age-old traditions of 238 years of ministry and discipleship providing a foundation, the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference raised their hearts in worship as they gathered virtually for Annual Conference.  From homes and 606 churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and...

BOOM creates framework to live out call
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“Ministry, in all its forms is challenging and holy work,” said the Rev. Amy McCullough, chair of the BWC’s 49-member Board of Ordained Ministry. The Board works as “caretakers of treasure of the Gospel that shines through the lives of licensed, commissioned and ordained...

Revised Clergy CEU policy announced
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 Continuing education and learning additional knowledge and skills are essential for those seeking to be faithful and effective pastors. In these changing and challenging times, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Baltimore-Washington Conference has created a set of revised policies and...

Members pass resolutions on mission and church polity
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Members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference considered three resolutions on the first day of the Annual Conference session – one about a local church, one about the Annual Conference, and one about the Global Church. Salem Baltimore Hispanic UMC named a mission church In a vote of 523...

Youth and discipleship are focus of Laity Session
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The systems that congregational leaders put into place today will either help youth grow in faith to transform the world or nudge them to step away from the church and their faith, Chris Wilterdink, of Discipleship Ministries, told the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference during the...

The 'deacon heart' on full display
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The ‘deacon heart’ on full display   By Rev. Leo Yates, Jr.  2022 is a banner year for Deacons in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. On June 3, at Annual Conference, three Deacons will be ordained in full connection and three people will...

Bishops call for end to gun violence
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By Melissa Lauber On May 26 at 12:32 p.m., at the exact time a gunman broke into an elementary school in Uvalde, Teas, two days earlier, the largest bell at the National Cathedral tolled 32 times – once for each of the victims of the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo and Robb...

Ames UMC receives 'jaw-dropping' $2.2 million gift
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By Melissa Lauber With praise music blasting across an empty lot and down blocks of boarded-up row houses in Baltimore, United Methodists gathered on May 25 with civic and government leaders to compare dreams. The leaders of Ames UMC and the Resurrection Sandtown Project were still a little...

After school shooting, United Methodists called to action
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A Call to Action from the United Methodist Council of BishopsBy Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton Therefore, rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word and not merely...