The 2021 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference begins today, October 25 and runs through Wednesday, October 27. You can find out more and follow all the happenings through the Conference website.
As a congregation, we are especially following the path of a resolution before the conference to support the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.” This resolution voices the Annual Conference’s support for a framework that would allow the United Methodist Church to divide into a traditionalist branch and one or more moderate/progressive branches with congregations keeping their property. This proposed separation, in turn, is the result of the UMC’s inability to come to an agreement regarding the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the life of the church, including marriage and ordination. As a Reconciling Congregation, we support that full inclusion, and we long for the denomination that we are a part of to be of one mind on this critical issue.
Following the conclusion of the session, we’ll be sharing updates on the actions of the Annual Conference and how they might shape our ministry moving forward. In the meantime, please be in prayer for this important gathering of our larger church family!