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BW conference churches receive grants to create shalom

BWC churches receive grants to create 'shalom'
BWC churches receive grants to create 'shalom'

Each year in June, members of the Baltimore-Washington contribute to a denomination-wide Peace with Justice Sunday. The money is awarded to programs to advocate in communities and nations for God’s shalom. Half of the money collected stays within the Baltimore-Washington Conference and is given to area ministries.

2019 recipients included:

The Community Anti-violence Project (C.A.P) at Hughes Memorial UMC in Washington D.C.(IMAGE ABOVE)

Makiyah Wilson was 10 when she was murdered in July 2018 while she was outside playing in a courtyard located approximately 1,000 feet from our church,” said the Rev. Paul Johnson.

To help address that violence, Hughes UMC joined with Howard University School of Law to begin an after-school program to help at-risk children and youth who live in the community surrounding the church called C.A.P.

The C.A.P. after-school program seeks to help the children who live around the church to dream big dreams and to achieve their dreams by preparing them holistically — physically, mentally, emotionally and intellectually.

BWC churches receive grants to create 'shalom'

Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry at Mt. Olive UMC, Randallstown was actually started by women in the community who asked to use the church. In 2013, when the women had to drop out, 17 church members stepped up to ensure the ministry continued.

Today, approximately 20 volunteers serve a meal on the third Saturday of the month and provide a four-day a week food pantry. In a typical month, 90 meals are served and 110 bags of food are distributed with food that comes from the Maryland Food Bank.

BWC churches receive grants to create 'shalom'

Summer Arts Camp at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Temple Hills which runs from July 1 through Aug. 16, is done in partnership with the Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center. The experience is designed to help children unleash their creative abilities through a variety of artistic expressions including drama, music, dance, visual arts and photography.

BWC churches receive grants to create 'shalom'

DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors at Hughes United Methodist Church in Wheaton is a ministry supported by the Baltimore-Washington Conference that provides legal assistance to immigrants. Assisting these migrants is a matter of faith, said the Rev. Ken Hawes, director of the ministry’s board.

The Peace with Justice grant provided funds to Angela Edman, the lead attorney for Justice for our Neighbors in this region, to travel to the border to teach and to learn.

BWC churches receive grants to create 'shalom'

Empowerment and Discipleship Project at Emory Grove UMC in Gaithersbug, and La Gloria, El Salvador. This grant  will help to provide the equipment for a commercial kitchen at La Gloria that will empower the women with training and employment opportunities.

La Gloria, near the town of Ahuahapan in El Salvador is a rural town where women are single because gang violence and addiction take their men. Few women have the opportunity for educational and economic advancement to begin with, and those who have children live under the constant threat of gang influence on their children.

The pastor at the church in La Gloria is a single mother who developed the church from the ground up among single mothers. 


excerpt from a story by Melissa Lauber, Director of Communications, Baltimore Washington Annual Conference

One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society.

When you give generously on Peace with Justice Sunday, you give The United Methodist Church a voice in advocating for global peace and justice. Give now.

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