BWARM invites you to our "Back to Basics: United Methodist 101" series. Our programs for fall 2017 to spring 2018 will focus on foundations for LGBTQ inclusion and stimulate our thinking as we follow the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, and look toward the special session of General Conference in February 2019.
REASON: Saturday, February 17, 2018
We will gather for fellowship (9:30am), worship (10:00-10:30am), followed by program and planning (10:30am-Noon).
Location: Towson UMC, 501 Hampton Lane, Baltimore, MD 21286
Rev. Dr. Mark Johnson, Lead Pastor at Towson UMC, will lead us in worship. The program, the third in our "Back to Basics: United Methodist 101" series, will look at Reason and the work for LGBTQ inclusion. Rev. Shannon Sullivan, Associate Pastor at Calvary UMC in Frederick, MD, will speak on "Be Reasonable: How We Articulate Our Values in a Polarized Church." Rev. Sullivan is a leader in a young clergy women's group in the UMC.
April 7 - One-Day Educational Event: Inclusive Conversations for a Way Forward
Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BWARM) and the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) announce a joint educational event, Inclusive Conversations for a Way Forward, at the BWC Mission Center in Fulton, MD, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Dr. Cedric Bridgeforth, former chair of Black Methodists for Church Renewal will be the plenary speaker, reflecting on themes from his new book: "20/20 Leadership Lessons, Seeing Visions and Focusing on Reality." He will also be available to sign copies of the book. Additional information coming soon!
February 15 - Opportunity to hear from one of the members of the Commission on a Way Forward
February 15, 6:30pm: Update on the Commission on a Way Forward
Come hear about the work of the Commission that is looking at the United Methodist Church's denominational policies related to LGBTQ people. We'll hear from Commission on a Way Forward member and Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) Board member Dave Nuckols. He will also share with us about his view on the next steps after the Commission makes its recommendation to the Council of Bishops and what churches should be doing now. The Reconciling Ministries Network Board of Directors is meeting in Washington, DC Feb. 16-19 and we are grateful to Dave for agreeing to arrive early to brief us. Join us February 15 at Foundry UMC at 1500 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Snacks and fellowship from 6:30-7pm and discussion from 7-8:30pm.
The Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists seek to affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and ensure the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the ministry and life of the United Methodist Church, particularly in the Baltimore-Washington Conference.