We celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared and shepherded by all. We welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education and family structure and of every immigration, marital and social status and so much more. We acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic and political inequalities. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are marginalized and oppressed.
From among the many significant concerns and needs raised in our congregational 2021 survey, four issues were identified to support. These are issues about which Dumbartonians share energy and engagement as a congregation. With our time, talent, treasure, and voice, we are working to:
Mission and Outreach creates and amplifies opportunities through which individuals, small groups, and the entire congregation may learn about, engage with, and affect change or give support.
Whether we take action as a congregation, as small groups, or as individuals, we work together as we engage with the world’s needs through acts of justice and compassion. We invite you to be a part of this work with us.
Dumbartonians participate in these and other programs serving the local area:
A joint effort of many Georgetown churches, a synagogue and other organizations, the center reaches out to the homeless of Georgetown. Located at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the Georgetown Ministry Center allows people to do laundry, shower, pick up mail and use the computer/coffee room. One of Dumbarton’s roles is to provide meals for two weeks in the winter. Two Dumbarton members sit on the board, and the pastor and at least one Dumbartonian walk Georgetown neighborhoods to visit with the unhoused one afternoon a week.
Dumbarton is one of the founding churches of WIN, a multiracial, nonpartisan District-wide organization comprising more than 50 churches, community groups, labor unions and other organizations. WIN is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues, and to holding D.C. elected and corporate officials accountable. Over the years, WIN has built affordable housing, started after-school programs and promoted jobs for D.C. residents on D.C.-funded projects.
Labyrinthing Together is a film resource for United Methodist individuals, groups, and congregations grappling with justice issues in the wake of General Conference 2019, and seeking to broaden their perspectives as they prayerfully discern a way forward.
Drawn from a series of 2020 online forums, the video weaves together perspectives from:
to highlight increasingly complex perspectives on interdependent justice issues facing the church.
Designed to be exploratory rather than prescriptive, Labyrinthing Together can be viewed
Our study guide can serve as an aid for personal reflection or group discussion.