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Religious leaders issue call to protect health of democracy
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 On Aug. 12, the Rev. Neal Christie, the Baltimore-Washington Conference’s Executive Minister of Connected Engaged, met with religious and political leaders in Washington, D.C. to hand-deliver a message about voter rights to Congressional leaders.  The message, from United...

Glimpses: Shrine offers history and mystery
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By Melissa Lauber It was a scorching summer day at Strawbridge Shrine in New Windsor when Myca Jones and I did a video shoot with Rev. Doug Tzan for a fascinating resource he’s written that illuminates Methodist history in new ways.  The heat index was 104 degrees and history...

At bishop's death, a friend remembers
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By Rev. Wilson Shearer The Rev. Wilson Shearer was friends with the recently deceased Bishop Joseph Yeakel for 68 years. Shearer was recently asked by Lebanon Valley College to reflect upon their relationship. He remembers:  When I first met Joseph Yeakel in 1947, it was at an activity...

Association of Conference Lay Leaders issues message
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Greetings and Blessings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, As your Conference Lay Leaders, we affirm that active lay persons in vital local congregations are crucial for accomplishing the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We...

Old Otterbein celebrates 250 years of spiritual fervor
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 Old Otterbein UMC in Baltimore celebrates is 250th anniversary this year. The Rev. Cynthia Horn Burkert, co-chair of the church’s anniversary committee, shared this presentation at the Northeast Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History on May 12. Here is what we are...

Heritage Sunday Litany and Communion Liturgy
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This  Call to Worship, Opening Prayer and  Communion  Litany are offered for churches as they observe Heritage Sunday and Aldersgate Day on May 24 or day of their choosing.  They were written by the Rev. Bonnie J.  McCubbin.   Call to Worship  One...

The Church Must Go to the People
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  Author Kate Rivera is a young person who is a member of Nichols Bethel UMC in Odenton. In her role as an audio technician at the church, she notes that even as churches are re-entering their buildings, many are opting to also maintain an online presence for worship. She offers some...