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Dumbarton has gotten considerable media attention for its social action. In the 1980s, we received worldwide radio, TV and newspaper coverage for sheltering an illegal immigrant, ignoring federal regulations. In 2010, we received national prominence for agreeing to perform same-sex weddings despite United Methodist policies against such marriages.

Some examples:

Churches tweak Ash Wednesday services during pandemic. Washington Post Feb. 19, 2020

All Saints Witness to Justice Nov. 10, 2020, Baltimore Washington newsletter

Black and White Congregations Honor Dead, Georgetown Patch and Georgetowner, Oct. 29, 2020.

Rev. Rachel on "Online Ministry Mastermind" podcast, Oct. 10, 2020

New Pastor for Dumbarton UMC,Georgetown Patch, June 30, 2020

Baptism at Dumbarton among religious rituals in pandemic Fox News March 29, 2020.

Church holds first video conference service among worldwide pandeic. Baltimore-Washington Conference Connection, March 16, 2020.

Church may split over GLBT Rights: Mary Kay interviewed, WJLA, Jan. 5, 2020.

Still supporting LBGTQ People Despite Methodist Split, by Michael Doan. Washington Blade, March 8, 2019.

A Step Backward for our Denominaton, Mary Kay quoted. DCist March 1, 2019.

Mary Kay quoted in Washington Post rticle about clergy upset over General Conference decision on LGBTQIA+ people, Feb. 28, 2019.

Mary Kay featured in Women of Faith article. Georgetowner, March 25, 2018

Church Seeks Removal of Discriminatory Language Against GLBTQIAs. Patch, January, 2018.

Sanctuary DMV pledges to protect undocumented immigrants, Washington Times, May, 2017.

Pastor blends arts and ministry, Wesley Seminary website March 17, 2017

Dumbarton Passes Ownership of Cemetery to Mt. Zion Georgetown patch March 8, 2017

Church challenges Trump Refugee Policy Georgetown Patch Feb. 20, 2017

Georgetown pastor decries Trump's Anti-Muslim ban Georgetown Patch Jan. 30, 2017

Our sister church featured in Washington Post., Oct. 2, 2016

A Mass Communion Was Given in front of the Supreme Court After the Gay Marriage Ruling. IJ Review, June 27, 2015

Dumbarton's history as a sanctuary church for Latino immigrants. Washington City Paper Sept. 16, 2014

Mary Kay's comments on Supreme Court debate. Georgetown Patch, May 7, 2013.

Churches Embrace Same-Sex Marriage. Georgetown Patch, March 27, 2013

Farmworkers come to D.C. (and visit Dumbarton) for inauguration

Washington Post Jan. 21, 2013

Dumbarton Church marks 25 years of GLBT Inclusion. Northwest Current, Feb. 15, 2012.

Local Church Marks Anniversary of Gay Inclusion. Georgetown Patch, Feb. 9, 2012

Methodist Groups Want to Advance Gay Rights (May Kay Totty quoted), Toledo Blade, Aug. 27, 2011


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