November 10 - BWARM Meeting - “Discussions on a Way Forward” - At Bells UMC in Suitland, MD
Join us for fellowship at 9:30am (with coffee and breakfast snacks) and then worship & program, 10am-noon. Worship will be led by Rev. Michael Parker, Pastor at Bells UMC, Suitland, MD and Church of the Redeemer, Temple Hills, MD.
In advance of the Special General Conference in February 2019, the program will include brief review of the plans submitted as legislation to the General Conference, a summation of the related Judicial Council rulings, and conversations about strategies that we can use in conversations with those who haven't yet focused on the details. Rev. Dr. Phil Wogaman will share insights on this moment in the United Methodist Church. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Location: Bells UMC; 6016 Allentown Rd, Suitland, MD 20746
Upcoming BWARM Meetings:
Save the Date for the following meetings, with fellowship at 9:30am (with coffee and breakfast snacks) and then worship & program, 10am-noon
January 12, 2019 - Lovely Lane UMC in Baltimore, MD (Snow date Jan 26)
March 9, 2019 - Location TBD, in the Southern Region
Inclusive Conversations for a Way Forward
Thanks to all who attended our one-day conference on April 7, co-sponsored by B-WC MFSA. Read a brief write-up!
Revised Policy from BoOM
On April 5, the Baltimore-Washington Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) made public its updated policy on the ordination process, stating that “[knowing] each of us is a child of God, made in God’s image, and a recipient and vehicle of God’s grace, we do not view race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or marital status as a barrier to ministry. We will not consider or evaluate sexual orientation or gender identity, nor see them to be sufficient reasons to deny a candidate’s ability to live up to our United Methodist standards.” [Read full policy in the news article linked here]
BWARM applauds the continued efforts of the BOOM, knowing the courage and discernment it took to create such a policy in the midst of The United Methodist Church and the Commission On A Way Forward’s efforts at resolving the struggle for LGBTQ justice. As Rev. Amy McCullough says in an article published on April 5, "justice delayed is justice denied."
We also know that sometimes the best intended policies still do not right the wrongs in our system. For too many LGBTQ people called to ministry in The UMC during the last 45 years, justice has been and is still denied. We give thanks for those who have answered the call to ordained ministry, and persist in that call in The UMC today. And, we pledge our continued advocacy and education for the full inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQ persons in the life of the Church.
We invite you to join us in keeping members of the BOOM and its leadership in prayer, along with all the 17 candidates for commissioning and 13 candidates for ordination, who will be presented to the Baltimore-Washington Conference’s Clergy Executive Session on May 30.
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.