What's Happening

By Barbara Michelman

When stay-at-home orders went into effect across the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area this past March, and in-person church services were cancelled as a result, Dumbarton clergy and staff didn't stop working. They quickly pivoted to deliver Sunday worship and related programming across digital platforms such as Zoom.

Dumbarton's Youth and Children's Minister, Jeehye Kim Pak, said that using Zoom for weekly youth group meetings actually increased participation--because the youth members could easily log in from the comfort of their own homes.  

"Zoom is such a great platform for being able to see everyone's faces and stay connected, and the kids were already so comfortable with using this medium," said Kim Pak. "It was really important for me to create a place where they felt safe, important, and were able to have fun."

"Everyone has been experiencing their own pandemic- and/or social isolation-related anxieties. I wanted to bring our youth a sense of peace and love--to let them know that Dumbarton really cares about them."

By Barbara Knisely Michelman


Tis the season for buying sweet corn, so I loaded up on a half dozen ears at the farmers’ market. Corn on the cob is best consumed the day that it’s picked. I learned this important gastronomic factoid from my mom, whose garden produced enough sweet corn for our family of six to not only enjoy in season, but also “put up” (freeze) so that we could continue to enjoy it over many meals and months later.


Don’t tell my mom, but I didn’t get around to cooking that farmers’ market corn until two days later. As I piled the stockpot full of those freshly shucked ears of corn and enough water to boil them in, I yelled to Roland, who was on the other side of the kitchen, “If my mom were here, she’d eat all these by herself!”


He laughed and said, “Yep! I can picture her chowing down on them out on the deck!”


The Rev. Rachel Cornwell wi has been appointed senior pastor at Dumbarton by Bishop Estelle Easterling, effective July 1. She replaces the Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Totty, who has accepted an appointment in Nebraska.:

Rev. Cornwell,, a former member of Dumbarton, served as the lead pastor at Silver Spring United Methodist Church. from 2006 to 2017..Before that, she was associate pastor at Bethesda United Methodist Church from 2002 to 2006. For the past three years, she has been program director at the James Company, specializing in helping churches and other nonprofits raise money. In 2016-17 she taught at Wesley Seminary.

This video of a song by Mike Doan is one of our weekly offerings of written and visual works by Dumbartonains. It was performed in February 2019 at Dumbarton. Says Mike: "Though I wrote the words and music, I feel that Dumbarton is really the author."


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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.