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What Middle Am I In?
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The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli reflects on her work with "the middle" in addressing differences that threaten the Church. She and others are creatively claiming the wisdom of the past and seeking God in their midst in order to think afresh about God.

In their own words: BWC youth want to be seen
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The Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) represents the youth of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. We have monthly meetings that we use to further our topic of “Stress Less.” Our other major goal is for our youth leaders, pastors, and adults in the church to see us – see us for who we...

See One Another
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One. One. It is typically the first number that we ever encounter. It is the number after zero and before two. I’m not a necessarily a mathematician, but I know it is the first odd number; it’s strange. It is not a composite number, and it is not a prime number because its only positive divisor...

June 12 is not just another day to me
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June 12 was the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia case, in which the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional any state laws barring marriage based on race. This is of special significance to me as my wife, Dana, and I are an interracial couple living in Maryland, which also had...

Why I stand with T.C. Morrow
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Tara “T.C.” Morrow is a Certified Candidate for Deacon in The United Methodist Church, and for the last two Annual Conference Sessions of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, our clergy session has considered her candidacy. In 2016, T.C. did not receive the required vote majority of our clergy...

Passing the Torch
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To appreciate my age, when I drove my first car, to signal left or right required me to hold out my arm outside the window to signal a turn, even in rain or snow. There was also a time, 51 years ago, that I was watching my 13-inch black and white TV—albeit with a snowy screen in spite of the...

The word is… reconnect
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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.

Statement by Ann Brown Birkel, June 1, 2017
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Our region is in many ways the cradle of American Methodism. Throughout the long and storied history of our Annual Conference, we Methodists have created colleges and hospitals and a leading seminary. We have ministered to the poor, the hungry and the sick and have tried hard to oppose injustice...

Statement by J. Philip Wogaman, May 31, 2017
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I was ordained an elder almost exactly 60 years ago. My wife Carolyn and I celebrated our 60th anniversary last summer. We have shared the beauties and joys of ministry throughout those years. I have had many privileges and opportunities to serve the church and its people at all levels.

Statement by T.C. Morrow, June 2, 2017
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Since receiving the disappointing news of the Board of Ordained Ministry's decision not to put me forward to this year's clergy session of Annual Conference with recommendation for provisional membership as a deacon, my mind keeps returning to all that is “good” in The United Methodist Church...