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Mary Kay on 11/11/2013 - 12:01am

Dumbarton weddings mary kay tottyBy the Rev. Mary Kay Totty

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.

miked on 10/02/2013 - 2:14pm

By Kathie Hepler

Dumbarton’s history with J.O. Wilson School dates back to 1997. As founding members of Washington Interfaith Network, we pledged to partner with a school that could benefit from grass roots organizing. We selected J.O. because one of our members already had recruited friends to volunteer there and became involved in a WIN-supported after-school program at J.O.

Some of you will remember the name Rayful Edmonds—a notorious drug dealer who did business in the J.O. neighborhood. Despite many challenges, the principal and its dedicated staff persevered and guided the school through rough times.

Today, The school serves 400 students from pre-school to fifth grade. Much has changed since we first met the children at J.O., but challenges remain. Nearly 90 percent of J.O. Wilson’s students are African-American and 75 percent receive free or subsidized meals, so the school has the responsibility of nurturing the whole child.
Yet, there’s much to be proud of:

Mary Kay on 06/26/2013 - 6:05pm

This morning as I sat with a cup of coffee, I watched as my Facebook news feed lit up with celebrations for the overturning of DOMA. I rejoiced. I posted a supportive update. I got a little teary-eyed. And yet, worry nagged at my joy...

In the last week of June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court released several significant decisions. Along with many others, I am rejoicing that SCOTUS has declared Article 3 of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  unconstitutional. I am delighted that all legally married couples will have equal access to the rights and responsibilities of marriage.

SCOTUS kind of washed its hands of California's Proposition 8 but it did in effect uphold a lower court's ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and returned marriage equality to California. Woo Hoo! Friends in California are already making wedding plans.

miked on 03/26/2013 - 6:27pm


By Mary Kay Totty
    This afternoon as I read through my Facebook newsfeed, I saw red. post after post today was about friends changing their profile pictures to red – the logo from the Human Rights Campaign done in red, regular photos changed to red tint, solid colors of red. Friends changed their photos to red in support of Marriage Equality for LGBT people. Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about Prop 8 from California and tomorrow will hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage Act, LGBT persons and allies gathered in the early morning hours to pray for the court and then rallied on the court’s steps in support of Marriage Equality. Supporters were encouraged to wear red as a visible witness to love.

Mary Kay on 02/01/2013 - 11:08am

Lace Mary Kay's Dumbarton blogBy Mary Kay Totty

Tatting.

I love to tat.

Tatting brings me joy and delight.

Tatting centers and grounds me.

And by tatting, I mean lace-making, not anything to do with tattoos.

Tatting is a form of lace-making using one basic double stitch to create patterns of rings and chain for edgings, doilies, jewelry. The world needs more lace.

This gentle art may seem archaic and unnecessary, but I believe that it is important for today. We live in a world where most of our leisure time is devoted to consumption and observation. We shop. We watch television. We go to movies. We watch sports. We surf the web. We post on Facebook. We tweet. We check in. We hurry past great art and grand views as we mark yet another item off the bucket list.

miked on 01/11/2013 - 4:20pm

By Vanilla Murray (10 yr. Old) with Nancy Holland (10 + years) On January 20, 2013, Mt. Zion and Dumbarton United Methodist Churches gathered to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and the inauguration of Barack Obama. We met in a nice old church (Mt. Zion.)  I felt safe when I first walked through those red doors. We sang ¨Lift Every Voice and Sing.¨  This song always makes me feel happy.

I learned something about the people at Mt. Zion. One man, Leonard, is a cook and he has been at Mt. Zion for fifty-some years. That is a long, long, long time. Leonard said that Martin Luther King´s dream of equality and freedom is still important today. He also said that our two churches joining together to worship is a time for people to network and communicate.

miked on 01/01/2013 - 6:06pm

I’m fascinated with Lance Armstrong's televised confession that he took performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tours de France. Oprah Winfrey, in her interviews, brought out the human flaws that are not exclusive to Armstrong.