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Light illuminates the landscapes of our living
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By Jerry Wicklein* Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. –Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man. And this is the way it all begins: God said, “Let there...

The word is... excel
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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. Excel By Mandy SayersLead Pastor, Glen Mar UMC, Ellicott...

Camp promises hope
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By Tim Warner* Editor’s Note: This summer, tears mixed with the baptismal water as the Rev. Tim Warner began to understand hope in new ways. As one of the founders of the BWC’s Camp Hope, he celebrated the 13th year of this weeklong gathering at West River of children whose parents...

… And alleluia is our song
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“So why do the church thing?” It’s an interesting question and Ben Trawick, the online campus pastor for FaithPoint UMC in Urbana, offers interesting answers. Among them: “We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.” See and share this video homily from...

Sermon preparation process: How it works for me
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By Rev. Dr. Ianther Marie Mills Editor’s note: This article reprinted by permission from “By Faith Magazine,” May/ June 2018 issue. By Faith is a magazine celebrating the gifts and ministry of Black United Methodist churches. The article here was written by Mills as part of...

Wesleyan Pilgrimage transforms heart and soul
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By Erik AlsgaardUMConnection Staff Which came first: John Wesley’s conversion experience (“I felt my heart strangely warmed…”), or that of his brother, Charles Wesley?* Knowing the answer to this question was just one of the fun facts I learned during a 10-day Wesley...

The word is... Excite
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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. Excite By Mandy SayersPastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg As I...

COMMENTARY: Responses to new BOOM policy vary
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 By Ellen BachmanMember of National UMC in Washington, D.C. I am grateful for the recent announcement of the Baltimore-Washington Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM), that they “do not view race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or age” as...