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Be sure to join us online for our worship service Sundays at 11 a.m., preceded by adult ed at 9:30 a.m. To tune in to either, please send us a message in advance on our "Contact Us" button to the right of this article. Our worship will also be live streamed to YouTube every Sunday. At 11 a.m. this Sunday, a link to the live stream will be available on on our  Facebook page.

Walter Wells was honored by Dumbarton United Methodist Church in advance of his 100th birthday on July 30. Walter, who resides at Riderwood Village, told the congregation via Zoom that he was “overcome”  by the cards he received and the remarks during the service.

The Rev. Rachel Cornwell wi has been appointed senior pastor at Dumbarton by Bishop Estelle Easterling, effective July 1. She replaces the Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Totty, who has accepted an appointment in Nebraska.:

Rev. Cornwell,, a former member of Dumbarton, served as the lead pastor at Silver Spring United Methodist Church. from 2006 to 2017..Before that, she was associate pastor at Bethesda United Methodist Church from 2002 to 2006. For the past three years, she has been program director at the James Company, specializing in helping churches and other nonprofits raise money. In 2016-17 she taught at Wesley Seminary.

by Leah Johnson *


The talk had been of age and illness, fear 

and death. Awake in the velvet dark, I sensed 

a crack in the thin veneer of my soul 

even Beauty cannot mend. Even as 

the crimson tulip, magnificent in its ruin, 

unfurls its satin petals, reveals the black 

within. Even as the sage sprawls easy 

in the sun, celadon leaves and purple blooms,

savory and sweet. Even as the crape myrtle 

bids my hand stroke its silken bark. 

All vain defense. Polish me hard, dear God.

Hard as the chestnut. Hard as the beach-white stone.


"A  poem I wrote after a long Zoom conversation with the Dumbarton diaspora."


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What People Say About Us

--"There is a welcoming fellowship and a continuing challenge to be engaged in social justice."--Harry K.

--"I love how Dumbarton continues to stand up for the rights of the marginalized, especially LGBT people"

--"I appreciate the incredible lay participation and leadership - it is unrivaled elsewhere, in my experience."--Jamie M.

--"Everyone at Dumbarton is honestly and uniquely who they are - there are no pretensions or facades to pretend to be someone we are not." Michelle D.

--"I like the time in the service when we prayerfully express our joys and concerns."--Joan C.