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Retired Bishop Violet Fisher is flanked by Revs. Johnsie Cogman of Mt. Zion and Mary Kay Totty of Dumbarton at Mt. Zion-Dumbarton joint service on March 5.

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Meet new people at Dumbarton’s Young Adult Group, which combines faith journeys with social activities.  You might find them at a book study session, a restaurant outing, a gathering at someone’s home or at Busboys and Poets. You’ll see them at the worship service, often seated in the right-hand back rows.

Dumbarton, which has owned Mt. Zion’s cemetery for decades, has finally transferred the deed to the predominantly African-American church down the street.

In the 1800s, Dumbarton leased the cemetery to Mt. Zion for a dollar for 99 years. That lease expired in the 1970s, when Dumbarton’s small membership was tempted to sell the land for development. But Mike Beard refused to go along with the plan, convincing the congregation that it was a bad idea.

Since then, the cemetery has been designated a historical site and is off limits to sale or commercial development. Transferring the deed was considered especially important since Mt. Zion and Dumbarton have increasingly sought reconciliation and worked to strengthen our shared ministries and friendships with another.

(The photo shows Mike Beard, David Cook and Connie Wilkinson of Dumbarton with Vernon Ricks and Catherine Bowman of Mt. Zion)

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.

Anything that takes priority over God can be idolatry, including money, sports or sometimes even the Bible. Hear Mary Kay's sermon by clicking here.


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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. at the church Sept. through May and at 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.