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Dumbartonians like to think that all our Adult Educations sessions are special, but this one features a hymnic poem the church commissioned as part of its 250th Anniversary celebration.  Our guest is David Keplinger, Professor of Literature at American University and prize-winning author of seven poetry collections. On Sunday, April 10, he will talk about the piece, “Looking through your Window,” as well as poems from his most recent book, “The Long Answer."  For more on his career, prizes, and awards, click on https://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/keplinge.cfm.

As a sneak preview, here's a link to his reading and discussion of a poem, "Composition for Three Voices:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_zfe70hN4E   He says a friend describes it as “what we do to survive….and how we move on from trauma…”  Odds are that this poem, which speaks presciently to the war in Ukraine, will make you want to attend this Sunday’s Adult Ed.   Join us at ten in person or by Zoom, dialing 301-715-8592 and punching in Meeting ID: 823 2708 4830 and Passcode: 801277.

On Sunday, March 6, 2022, Dumbarton United Methodist Church commemorated Abraham Lincoln’s March 8, 1863, visit to the church, where he "was moved to tears," according to the former Washington Star.  Parishioner Rob MacDougall played President Lincoln in a dramatic monologue now posted on our YouTube site here.  Lincoln came to hear his friend, Bishop Matthew Simpson, give the first sermon after the church’s decommissioning as a hospital for the wounded from Bull Run and other nearby Civil War battles.  The monologue has Lincoln recalling the abolitionist bishop’s message the following autumn, as the President was gathering his thoughts to give the Gettysburg Address.


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will attend the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at Dumbarton Church on March 13th to honor its 250th year as one of the oldest continuously active Methodist churches in the world. “It all started in a cooper’s workshop in Georgetown before the Revolutionary War,” said Rev. Rachel Cornwell, the pastor.  “Our church has so much of D.C. history wrapped into its own stories.”  Dumbarton is also one of the oldest churches in DC.  It is the mother church for Mt. Zion, Foundry, Capitol Hill, and other Methodist Churches still active in the denomination.

Also:  Quilts for DC Statehood, Historic Stained Glass Exhibit

In honor of Dumbarton’s 250th anniversary and Rep. Norton’s visit, a selection of quilts from Quilts4DC Statehood will be on display at the church and open to the public from 12:30 to 3 PM that day.  In July 2021, the League of Women Voters invited quilters nationwide to a Quilts4DC Statehood Challenge to help make Washington, DC the 51st state.  These small quilts celebrate the natural, historic, visual, and ethnic richness of the future Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.  They speak to the continuing challenge DC residents face to achieve full representation and the full rights of US citizenship. The complete collection is posted in a virtual exhibit at https://www.lwvdc.org/quilts4dcgallery.

And Dumbarton is renowned for its stained glass windows.  Each window has a story that can be accessed by a QR Code next to the window.  Come learn some of Georgetown’s surprising history on March 13 at 12:30 p.m. 


Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Wednesday, March 2

7:00 pm on Zoom

Ash Wednesday services will be offered on Zoom at 7:00 pm. BYO ashes and communion elements for the evening service.

Meeting ID: 927 6616 2679

Passcode: 486477


Celebrating the Life of Norman Alexander Garcia

Monday, February 28 at 12 PM ET

Dumbarton United Methodist Church

This service will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel starting at 11:50 AM. Please join us at this link: https://youtu.be/OiKYGmMW5wU

We kindly request that all person attendees be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and masked while inside the church building.


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All are welcome for in-person worship at Dumbarton Church each Sunday at 11:00 am--masks and social distancing will be required. For more information about our Covid safety protocols, please click here

You can also join us on Zoom where our in-person worship will be broadcast simultaneously using: Meeting ID: 898 3876 7270 Passcode: 312148, or dial by your location 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

 Adult Education is also held in-person and via Zoom most Sundays at 10:00 a.m..

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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.