What's Happening

(From the Washington Post Feb. 28, 2019):

Dumbarton United Methodist Church is the oldest United Methodist congregation in Washington, D.C., dating back almost 200 years before the United Methodist denomination was created — even back before the United States was created.

On Wednesday, when the church’s minister, the Rev. Mary Kay Totty, traveled back to Washington from a groundbreaking meeting in St. Louis where the denomination decided to uphold its opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy, she thought that centuries-old history might be at a breaking point.

“To think of not being Methodist,” she said, then stopped, unable to complete the sentence. Dumbarton voted to affirm gay worshipers more than 30 years ago, and the church has performed 20 same-sex marriages since 2010, breaking the rules of the denomination every time. Now such actions will be met with much harsher penalties.

Full article here.


Issued in advance of UMC General Conference Feb. 23-26

    At Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Washington D.C., together, side by side, people of all genders and sexual orientations have engaged in creative, vibrant, and vital ministries for more than 30 years. This is a tremendous blessing for our church.

    Grounded in Jesus’ gospel teaching, we love God and we love our neighbors as ourselves. Guided by Jesus’s expansive example of embracing everyone, Dumbarton UMC affirms that God unconditionally loves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual people, and celebrates that LGBTQIA+ people are created in the image of God.

    We urge the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church to remove all barriers to inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people from the Book of Discipline and to acknowledge the richness and beauty of the gifts that LGBTQIA+ people bring to United Methodism.

    We strive for the day when every United Methodist church will be a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ laity and clergy, same-gender weddings will be celebrated, and vulnerable queer youth will find assuran

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Noah’s ark survived the flood.

Grace abounds.

Abraham welcomed strangers.

Hagar and Sarah birthed nations.

Moses wandered.

Miriam danced.

Sinai established command and covenant.

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Sunday worship is held at 11 a.m. from September through May, 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.