By Mary Kay Totty The closest eatery to Dumbarton UMC was the Five Guys Burgers at the corner of Dumbarton and Wisconsin, a mere half block from the church. Five Guys was a favorite lunch spot for young adult Dumbartonians. Many a Sunday they wokuld wander over for a burger and soda. When the weather cooperated, they may bring their burgers back to the church steps for an impromptu picnic. I appreciate the hospitality these young adults extend to their pastor by always welcoming me to join them when my Sunday schedule permits.
This has been a year of great weddings! I love these joyous occasions when friends and family gather from far and wide to celebrate the love and loyalty of two people. I have officiated or attended at least eight of these wonderful events this year. I want to share with you about four of these weddings.
By Mary Kay Totty It was supposed to be my day off, but instead I brought communion to the steps of the Supreme Court. On June 26, most expected that the court's decision on marriage equality would not come until the following Monday.
In my early years at Dumbarton, I got the impression that modern, enlightened parishioners had replaced narrow-minded, intolerant church goers in the 1960s and 1970s. My work on Dumbarton’s history project in 1992 convinced me that things weren’t that simple.
“It all started right here in (Dumbarton UMC) Sunday School.” So says Justin Eldridge Otero, the co-founder of Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE), the nonprofit organization created to help the youth of Honduras overcome poverty and violence. On Tuesday, OYE received the US President’s Arts and Humanities award, the only international organization so honored this year.
By the Rev. Mary Kay Totty: This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday in part to commemorate the safe arrival of European ancestors to North America, where they sought to live free of religious persecution. Today, many in our country would deny a welcome to other refugees seeking to live free of religious persecution.