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Daughter honors her mother's pioneering ministry
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Women's History Month is always a celebration I embrace as an African American Woman. I marvel and reflect with heartfelt appreciation on how I feel for the women warriors who have fought and continue to fight for equality and well-deserved recognition. However, this year I am compelled to...

Racism in Living Color
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Musings on the Eve of March: Bible Study Zoom Bombed on the Last Day of Black History Month. Racism is alive in living Color By Rev. Dr. Lillian C. SmithPastor, Cheverly United Methodist Church February 28, 2021 “Hmph. Hmph. Hmph,” my mother said quietly. We were sitting together...

Tell me when it's S.A.F.E.
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 By Rev. Wanda Duckett Superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District.  Excerpted from a meditation shared with the Extended Cabinet of the Baltimore-Washington Conference on Feb. 2. Based on reflections from Psalm 91.  In the second month of the year, on the eve of our...

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."