Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown will celebrate its 30th anniversary of being intentionally welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons and their families with its Reconciling Sunday Celebration on Feb. 26.
Joey Heath-Mason, United Methodist chaplain at American University will speak. There will be a Mardi Gras Pancake Brunch following worship.
All are welcome, come as you are.
Also join us at 10 a.m. for adult ed, when the Rev. Mary Kay Totty will discuss the reconciling movement. Children's education will be held at 10 a.m., Godly Play for younger children will be held during the worship service. Nursery care is available.
Mary Kay displays her penguin at our fund-raising painting workshop Feb. 20 benefiting Hope Secondary School. It was led by Clay Hollenkamp, a teaching artist from Join the Circus Productions www.jointhecircusproductions.com.
A followup action from the national Women’s March “10 Actions in 100 Days” campaign was to attend or host a huddle, a small community gathering. Thre, participants can, in the words of the March website, “visualize what a more equitable, just, safer, and freer world could look like 4 years from now -- and work backwards to figure out what we need to do, starting today, to get there.”
After putting out the call to see if there was interest in having a huddle at Dumbarton Church, Mardi Mucino decided to organize the event Feb. 12,
As members of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., we hear God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ calling us to love our neighbors, accompany the vulnerable and welcome the stranger. Moreover, the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church (2016) enjoins us to “recognize, embrace and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God.” We therefore affirm that God’s love is not apportioned by nationality, religion, race or creed, but rather flows extravagantly to all. More than 65 million people are currently displaced worldwide, more than during WWII. The United States has an urgent moral and legal responsibility to open its doors to receive these refugees and asylum seekers.
We decry President Trump’s cruel February 3rd executive order trapping travelers and thwarting those fleeing violence in war-torn countries.
Valentine's Day is this week, and many of us are probably thinking about love: what love is, what love means, how we love, who we love. During this season of resistance, it is imperative that we remember we are called to love all people and to the best of our ability embody genuine love for others in everyday life -- which is challenging even in the best of times. Even so, love is the only way, the only path to a world of justice, peace, and compassion. Courtney Martin recently shared some thoughts about love and resistance through a blog.
Sunday worship is held at 11 a.m. at the church Sept. through May and at 10 a.m. during summer. Refreshments following church. Nursery provided.
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--"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.