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Capitol Hill pastors respond to national narrative
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After a year of the twin pandemics of racism and coronavirus, our nation witnessed insurrection and violence unfolding in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and watched Joseph Biden and Kamala Harrison inaugurated as president and vice president of the United States on Jan. 20. These events unfolded...

Statement and Prayer in Wake of Breonna Taylor Verdict
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A Statement of Faith, Hope, and Action, rooted in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, in response to the Breonna Taylor verdict   By Rev. Stacey Cole WilsonExecutive Minister of Justice and Service, Baltimore-Washington Conference  To the church of God that is in the Baltimore-Washington...

A Closing Prayer
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A prayer given by the Rev. Tony Love, assistant to the bishop, at the close of the 236th Annual Conference Session. God who is great and graciousAs this annual session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference has come to a close, we pause, we breathe deeply And we give you...

BMCR Statement -- A Call to Action
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BMCR writes in a call to action, "We speak in support of individuals, families, neighborhoods, cities, and entities who now sound the bell that has never ceased to toll, but has fallen on deafened ears for over 400 years. We can no longer hold our tongues no more than we can hold our breath."

MARCHA calls for eradication of racism
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MARCHA, the UMC's Latino voice writes, "The Church cannot remain silent or indifferent in the face of such injustices. To do so is to condone further violence against black people and the continued erosion of our democratic form of government.  Therefore, we call on the global church to affirm...

Stand by Me: a Prayer of Protest
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  At protests throughout nation, people are speaking out about the pain being inflicted by racism and white supremacy and the church raises a song. See this Prayer of Protest by the Rev. Dr. Jay Williams, lead pastor of Union UMC in Boston, which features the witness of Bishop LaTrelle...

Celebrating the Love Feast
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Beloved, Grace and peace to you. You remain at the center of my prayers as you faithfully and creatively serve God's people in these extraordinary times. Our testimonies will be rich as we bear witness to the collaboration, teamwork, and innovation that this pandemic has fostered. We know...

The word is ... Do Good
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Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column. Do Good By Mandy SayersLead Pastor, Glen Mar UMC, Ellicott...