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Church creates space of peace
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From Kathryn GreenIn the fall of 2021, the world was awakening from the COVID pandemic, Russia had invaded Ukraine, and the U.S. struggled with social and racial justice issues, mass shootings, and economic issues. The confirmation class at La Plata UMC looked for ways to bring peace to this...

United Methodists celebrate Indigenous People's Day
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From the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula Delaware Committees on Native American Ministries We honor the lives of Indigenous peoples, show our gratitude for the significant and countless contributions they have made to our world, and renew our commitment to respect tribal sovereignty and...

BWC urges efforts to end gun violence
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From the Gun Violence Prevention team of the Baltimore-Washington Conference  Five people, including four Morgan State University students, were shot Oct. 3 at Morgan State University, a historically Black university in Baltimore. The shooting occurred during a homecoming celebration as...

Calvary UMC Lights up the Holidays
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By Susan Baguette If the walls could talk about the hundreds of hands that have chopped, mashed, and kneaded ingredients to make cheeseballs for Calvary United Methodist Church’s Holiday Bazaar in the past, they would be chattering right now. This Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m,. they would...

Conference leaders learn to be 'non-anxious presence'
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As rates of stress and anxiety grow across the United States, members of the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences are learning about how to serve as a non-anxious presence in their congregations and communities. The course revolves around the family systems theory on...

Resources of Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month
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From the Seeds of Security Intimate Partner Violence Network of the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences Join us across the affiliation, as we mourn lives lost to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), connect with others working to provide essential resources, celebrate the...

Invitation to Baptism
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Story by Melissa Lauber Photos by Brenda Bowman Wesley Freedom UMC in Eldersburg is a place of invitation.  As a symbol of this, a very large scallop shell stands as a baptismal font at the front of the church. But recently, an ancient-new practice has erupted as 12 young people have been...