With 119 votes, 18 more than she needed, LaTrelle Miller Easterling was elected as bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdiction on July 14.
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Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has been assigned as episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, effective Sept. 1. Easterling becomes the first female bishop in the 232-year history of the BWC.
As we gather for this Jurisdictional Conference many persons have been confronted and consumed with the overwhelming reports of shootings and violence. Life taken! Trust broken! Anger and fear growing.
On the 11th ballot of the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, reported just before 9 p.m. on July 13, the Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi was elected as a bishop in The United Methodist Church.
Black and Brown Americans live with the existential terror they will be shot by a criminally motivated police officer. After the night of terror in Dallas, good police officers find themselves anxious about being targeted by disturbed snipers with semi-automatic rifles.
About this week, first, I believe we all need to be in prayer for the families of those police officers who lost their lives and were shot in Dallas last night.
I have a confession to make: I hesitated to write this letter to you. In light of the shootings this week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas, words began to feel insufficient. The tragedy, the anger, and the loss seemed to loom too large.
The recent news of the shootings in Baton Rouge of Alton Sterling and Minnesota of Philando Castile once again left me paralyzed and anxious with fear for my life and the lives of other African-American men.
For Charly Ryan and the rest of the team at Potomac UMC, it wasn’t the youth mission trip they signed up for, but it was the mission trip God gave them when storms began flooding the area of West Virginia they were in.
As a result of the recent flooding in West Virginia, causing at least 23 deaths, the state was declared a disaster area. BWC Disaster Relief and Volunteer in Missions coordinators, the Revs. David Graves and Joan Carter-Rimbach, have been in contact with the West Virginia Annual Conference...