What's Happening

Issued in advance of UMC General Conference Feb. 23-26

    At Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Washington D.C., together, side by side, people of all genders and sexual orientations have engaged in creative, vibrant, and vital ministries for more than 30 years. This is a tremendous blessing for our church.

    Grounded in Jesus’ gospel teaching, we love God and we love our neighbors as ourselves. Guided by Jesus’s expansive example of embracing everyone, Dumbarton UMC affirms that God unconditionally loves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual people, and celebrates that LGBTQIA+ people are created in the image of God.

    We urge the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church to remove all barriers to inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people from the Book of Discipline and to acknowledge the richness and beauty of the gifts that LGBTQIA+ people bring to United Methodism.

    We strive for the day when every United Methodist church will be a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ laity and clergy, same-gender weddings will be celebrated, and vulnerable queer youth will find assuran

Dumbarton church worship

Come to our worship service at 11 a.m. . Adult ed and youth Sunday school are scheduled for 10 a.m., with intermediate Sunday school held during the service. Nursery is available for smaller children. Join us for refreshments downstairs after the service.

Rev.Mary Kay Totty, Rev. David Wilson, Rev. Johnsie Cogman

A Native American church leader stressed the interdependence of his people with all others at a joint service with predominantly white and African-American churches in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20.

On the day before the Martin Luther King holiday, the Rev. David Wilson repeated King’s quote: “If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt and in the healing. If one part flourishes every other part enters into the exuberance.”

Wilson and other members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference had demonstrated two days before at the Indigenous People’s March near the Lincoln Memorial. Referring to an angry confrontation by Right-to-Life marchers the same day, Wilson said, “We have a long way to go toward justice and respect for one another. And unfortunately, for many, of us here, incidents like these are just another day in our lives.”

Hear Samantha Klipsch's interviews with the pastors of Dumbarton and Mt. Zion UMC in the first of a series of podcasts, "History Between Us."

Jeehye Kim Pak, our minister of children and youth,  is looking forward to serving as lead teacher for our youth and intermediate Sunday School classes this season. The youth class for sixth through twelfth graders will meet at 10 a.m. With nearly a dozen youth in this class, Jeehye anticipates lively discussions and probing questions about matters of faith, matters of the day and matters of life. "Sparkhouse" will be the curriculum springboard for planning, which will incorporate learning styles and interests of Dumbarton youth.

The intermediate class, for second through fifth graders, will meet during worship after the children's witness to the world. That is a change from last year, when the class met at 10 a.m. This class will gather in the Noah's Park classroom, which is a great size for the half a dozen current members. The focus will be on the intersection of faith and daily life, utilizing the Sparkhouse curriculum tailored for the class members' styles of learning and energy levels. Expect lots of interactive and moving around kinds of activities for this group! Because this class is meeting during worship, there will be no children's fellowship during the service this year.

The nursery will be available from 10 a.m. through coffee hour.

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3133 Dumbarton St
NW Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: (202) 333.7212

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Sunday worship is held at 11 a.m. from September through May, 10 a.m. during summer. .  Refreshments following church. Nursery provided.

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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.