Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference

Church leaders in Baltimore are urging United Methodists to resist “reactionary responses” to President Donald Trump’s disparaging tweets about their beloved city. Read more

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United Methodists join with other Christian leaders in Maryland to rebuke President Donald J. Trump over his public insults of Baltimore and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. Read more

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As the resident episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling rebukes President Trump for his remarks about the city of Baltimore. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Upon learning that white supremacists would march in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville demonstration, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling envisioned a rally of love to counteract hatred – and it did. Read more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists, including a police chaplain, were among the first to respond to the shooting at the office of the Capital-Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. Read more

Local Church

The bishop's action in the Baltimore-Washington Conference clergy session has cut deeply into historic Wesleyan accountability by one's ministry peers, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling said she relied on two decisions by the Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," in making her ruling on the candidates' elibility. Read more

A Way Forward 7 Comments

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting massacre, United Methodists in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference begin to address issues around gun violence in America. Read more

Global Health

Alabama-West Florida 2017

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U.S. annual conferences tackled church responses to tough topics during the 2017 season, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Finance and Administration

Phil Wogaman Surrenders

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In an on-site account, the Rev. Erik Alsgaard reports on the circumstances around Dr. J. Philip Wogaman surrendering his clergy credentials in protest of United Methodist law banning the ordination of LGBTQ people. Read more

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Credentials Surrender

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The Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman, one of the leading Christian ethicists in The United Methodist Church, surrendered his clergy credentials May 31 in protest of the Baltimore-Washington Conference's delay of an LGBTQ candidate. Read more

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Bishop May Obit

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Bishop Felton E. May, a prophet of "holy boldness" and a creative spark behind Africa University and the UMC's Communities of Shalom, died Feb. 27 at age 81. Read more

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Bishop Felton May

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United Methodist Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle recalls her nearly 30-year acquaintance with Bishop Felton E. May, who died Feb. 27. Read more

Views from a Ridge

If you're in the Washington, DC, area, here's an opportunity for a premier showing of a documentary about theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Defying the UMC's ban on ordaining LGBTQI people as clergy, the board of ordained ministry of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference has recommended a married lesbian for commissioning as a provisional deacon. Read more

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Baltimore Prayers

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What It All Comes Down To

Visiting the 2015 session of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, the Rev. Laurie Haller finds a link between the historic questions asked of ordinands and the church's call to ministry today. Read more

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The eruption of violence in Baltimore in the wake of the police custody death of Freddie Gray prompts a response from UM Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge

Which Way

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What if United Methodism allowed its basic units to dissociate from the General Church while maintaining covenantal ties? suggests the Rev. Bryant M. Oskvig of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Read more


If you're in the Washington, DC, area, here's an opportunity for a premier showing of a documentary about theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Read more

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