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Taking with children about the Uvalde school shooting
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 By Rev. Janet CraswellNational United Methodist Church Once again, our hearts are broken by gun violence: first a racist attack in Buffalo, New York, and then a horrific attack on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.  Hopefully the littlest children will be unaware of events, but...

Ella Curry's COVID Update - May 20, 2022
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Last week our country faced a particularly sobering moment when the number of CoVID-19-related deaths in the United States reached one million. Globally, the number of deaths is estimated at 15 million. The grief that persists among the unknown number of people impacted by the loss of these many...

Churches encouraged to plan for disasters
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The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. -- Proverbs 16:9  When we gather as the Church, we do so to tend to our souls, but when disaster and other crises strike, we are also called upon to help keep one another physically safe.  Recent headlines of...

Policy outlined for episcopal nominees
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The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church recently ruled that  the Council of Bishops can call jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. bishops. The ruling follows the postponement of the General Conference until 2024.  However,  the Judicial...

Small historic church offers huge witness
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By Melissa Lauber A few decades ago, the pastors and lay members of local churches used to process into the annual session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference in the order they were incorporated. Lovely Lane UMC was always first. I imagine Dumbarton UMC was second. But third was Melville...

Bishop encourages Wesley grads to embrace the force of love
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See a video of Wesley Theological Seminary’s 140th Commencement Ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSF6kH2DvH4 By Melissa Lauber  On May 9, 135 students received diplomas from Wesley Theological Seminary at a commencement ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C...

Support migrants seeking asylum
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 #WelcomeWithDignity  The Baltimore-Washington Conference area is receiving a new influx of migrants from the southern border. BWC’s Immigration Reform and Legislative Social Action Teams are noting a significant need for basic items and temporary shelter. They are also...

Q&A from Pre-Conference Session
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The following questions were asked at the Pre-Conference Briefing held online April 30.  Discipleship Council  Does the diversity mentioned in the Ministry Report include diversity in ideology, world views, and educational status? Yes, when considering diversity, the Discipleship...