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Join Us on Sunday

Join us for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30., when our music director, A.J. Welch, will lead us in a hymn sing. We're sure to sing your favorites.

Child care is available, and refreshments will be served downstairs after the service.

Connecting with Our Past

In my early years at Dumbarton, I got the impression that modern, enlightened parishioners had replaced narrow-minded,  intolerant church goers in the 1960s and 1970s. My work on Dumbarton’s history project in 1992 convinced me that things weren’t that simple.

#RisingforCharleston Sabbath at Dumbarton

A text of Jennifer Stapleton's sermon on Sunday, Aug. 9,  "#Rising for Charleston Sabbath:"

I’m going to ask you all to hang in here with me this morning. We are going to be talking about guns and violence and people dying, and at times it will be heavy. God is calling us to address this reality. In fact, I believe God is yearning for us to address it. But it is heavy. And sometimes, rather than deal with that heaviness, I mentally check out. And some of you have been through things that make it really hard for you to sit in services like this one. If at some point you need to get up a leave, please do. I will understand.

Click here for the audio recording

Fun at Vacation Bible School

Young Adult Activities for Fall

We're going camping the Saturday morning through Monday afternoon of Labor Day weekend to Catoctin Mountain Park, and we welcome folks who'd like to camp with us or just want to come hang out for a day. Contact Alissa Tombaugh or the church office for details.

How does your faith inform your day-to-day life? This is a question some of
the young adults of Dumbarton have been exploring through our ongoing
book study. Most recently, we examined how we can live out our faith through our care of creation and through song.

Listen Up, Church! Reflecting on the Supreme Court Decision

It was supposed to be my day off, but instead I brought communion to the steps of the Supreme Court. On June 26, most expected that the court's decision on marriage equality would not come until the following Monday. But mere minutes after 10 a.m., Chett Pritchett texted me, “Put on your collar.” The court's decision was being released and the agreed upon plan was that Reconciling clergy who were available would show up and offer communion to the gathered crowd — whichever way the decision went.

At 11 a.m., Rev. Kate Payton and I were celebrating communion on the sidewalk, at the Supreme Court. For more than an hour, we offered the bread of life and the cup of grace to any and everyone who walked or wheeled past. Wesley Seminary students formed a pickup choir nearby.

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