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Meet new people at Dumbarton’s Young Adult Group, which combines faith journeys with social activities.  You might find them at a book study session, a restaurant outing, a gathering at someone’s home or at Busboys and Poets. You’ll see them at the worship service, often seated in the right-hand back rows.

Children at Dumbarton

Our dynamic children's program provides worship, education and special fun events for all ages. We have a full-time children's director who teaches the youth and leads special events such as a Halloween party, Christmas party and Vacation Bible School. On Sunday, we have friendly children's education classes before worship and a Godly Play program for younger children during worship.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing continuing injustices against LGBTQI+ persons who are barred from ordained ministry, the Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, pastor of Foundry United Methodist church between 1992 and 2002, announced today that he voluntarily surrendered his clergy credentials during the clergy session of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Rev. Wogaman regularly attends Dumbarton United Methodist Church.

Wogaman, who was ordained 60 years ago, said he made his decision after Foundry member T.C. Morrow’s candidacy was delayed by the conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry during the clergy session. Morrow is a married lesbian. Her candidacy had previously been approved by the 2016 clergy session.

“This case in the Baltimore-Washington Conference has brought home how a gifted person of high Christian character can be excluded from ordained ministry because of bad church law, applied legalistically and hurtfully. This person, and many like her, have been excluded from the company of ordained clergy. I had to ask myself, how can I continue to be a part of that company when such people are excluded,” Wogaman said.

He made his announcement during a moment of personal privilege that he requested from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling during the clergy’s executive session at the start of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

A recording of the musical memorial for Melinda Joan Beard on May 21 can be heard here.
Dumbarton United Methodist Church
3133 Dumbarton St. NW
Washington DC 20007

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and PETA were organizations close to Melinda's heart. Contributions made in her name would honor her greatly.

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3133 Dumbarton St
NW Washington, DC, 20007
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Sunday worship is held at 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.