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The Only Way to Peace is Love

By the RePilgrims arrive at plymouth Rock dumbartonv. 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.

So much fear and hatred are swirling as governors and Congress seek to make it impossible for Syrian refugees to settle in our country. They are so very afraid that a terrorist might sneak in under the guise of being a refugee. Sure that could happen, but it's highly unlikely given US screening protocol for refugees. We need to offer hospitality to refugees. We need to love the refugees. For we will change the world through love.

Join Us on Sunday

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 29, the first Sunday in Advent, when Rev. Mary Kay Totty will talk begin a series based on the writings of Hildegard of Bingen.

Stay after the service for an Advent Workshop to make Christmas wreaths and other decorations. Children will especially enjoy this. Bring your friends. There will be no adult ed or regular children's ed or Godly Play.

Child care is available, and refreshments will be served downstairs after the service.

Rich and Poor in Brazil

"Socialism for the rich"...That's how Dumbarton's Miguel Carter characterized today's Brazil in the Nov.. 22 Adult Ed. Political scientist Carter has contributed to and translated a new book on this subject-- "Challenging Social Inequality: The Landless Rural Workers Movement in Agrarian Reform" (Duke University Press).    .
Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world*, is run by an elite few, Carter told Dumbartonians.  Approximately three percent of the population owns two-thirds of arable land. There were no unions until 1962 nor a right to vote until 1985. Today, Brazil has a highly advanced voting method, but the landed elite receive 5,000 times more representation in government than landless peasants.

Our Home-Grown Effort to Help Honduran Youth

“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. Youth leaders of the organization will accept the award at a special White House ceremony, hosted by Michelle Obama on Thursday.

In the 10 years since its birth, OYE has expanded from a scholarship program to an organization that provides safe space, mentors for youth, job training, peer group discussions, recreational activities, a radio station, and a wide range of life skills training to over 100 youth.

Christmas Mart Dec. 12

You can find holiday gifts and help with world peace and understanding by shopping at Dumbarton's Christmas Mart on Saturday, December 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Dumbarton youth group will be selling global, hand-made, fair trade items. Local artists will offer a variety of their art, jewelry, and crafts. A portion of all sales goes to fund the 2016 youth work trip.

For more details, contact the church at 202-333-7212.

"Visions of Hildegard" Blog by A.J. Welch

On December 13, during our 11 a.m. service, I have the pleasure of leading our choir in a performance of "Visions of Hildegard," my newest choral composition.

 I've had writing an anthem for the Dumbarton Choir in mind since I joined the church in March, and I've always admired the music, texts, and life of Hildegard of Bingen; thus, when Mary Kay Totty announced her plan to preach on Hildegard for the four Sundays of Advent, I thought this would be the ideal time to write this piece.

"Visions of Hildegard" is comprised of five movements for women's trio, mixed choir, and four-hands piano. The work highlights five of Hildegard's own compositions; the three choral movements use Hildegard's text, and all five movements utilize a different melody from a Hildegard plainsong.

Advent wreath making

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