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Theft fails to stop community ministry
Posted by Erik Alsgaard on

By Erik Alsgaard This is a story of making lemonade out of lemons. It’s a story about a church turning to its members and community for help so that it can continue a long-standing ministry of helping others. The story begins on June 5. That’s when staff members at Calvary UMC in...

Annual Conference Photo Contest Winners
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Here are the winners for the 2018 Annual Conference photo contest. The theme of the contest was Light. Nora Meeks – Silver Spring UMC Robert Maxwell – Van Buren UMC Rev. Adam Briddell – First UMC of Eugene, Oregon*on loan to Oregon Idaho...

Conference laity hear from national leaders
Posted by Linda Worthington on

By Linda WorthingtonUMConnection Staff Laity filled the Harborside Ballroom May 30 at the Annual Conference Session. Delores Martin, chair of the Conference Board of Laity, presided. The program featured presentations by two national church leaders: the Rev. Barbara Lemmel, a pastor in the New...

Commission on a Way Forward Accountability Covenant
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What are the covenantal practices that are so essential to our work together that we must perform them with excellence in order to fulfill our mission? We covenant to pray for one another, for the Commission, for the United Methodist Church, for the mission of Christ, and for a way forward...

2018 Annual Conference Overview
Posted by Melissa Lauber on

While never discounting their many differences, the clergy and lay members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered together “As One: Beneath the Cross,” May 30-June 1, at the Marriot Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. Our Melissa Lauber has this overview story.

Ordinand Protest Statement
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During the plenary session May 31, the Rev. Beth Hutton and seven other ordinands rose to speak on behalf of two of the candidates who were approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry, but were removed as candidates by a ruling of Bishop LaTrelle Easterling. This is a difficult moment for us in...

A statement by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling In response to matters of the Clergy Session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference
Posted by Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling on

This denomination has been wrestling with the matter of human sexuality since 1972. The restrictive language was written into our Book of Discipline at that time, and we have been dealing with the ramifications and repercussions ever since. Men and women of deep faith and good intention have...

Ellicott City Flood 2018
Posted by Erik Alsgaard on

Once again, Ellicott City has been hit with a horrible flash flood. As we pray for the people affected by this natural disaster, Fred Sipes, the BWC's Disaster Response Coordinator, and the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, the BWC's Volunteers in Mission Coordinator, report that both UMC's in the...