This Friday, December 7, 2007 the congregations of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will commit to Hope for the City, a movement to bring God’s shalom to Baltimore. Baltimore has experienced a significant rise in violence and the number of murders. Baltimore is the birthplace of our denomination and our witness and action is critical.

We will gather at 11 AM at John Wesley United Methodist Church for worship and a press conference. We will present a five point action to address the rise in violence and provide support for the families that are victims of murders. We will also highlight a larger plan for the city of Baltimore. I need for our pastors and laity to support this effort. Our presence will communicate our concern and commitment to God’s city. Your presences will also be a comfort to the families present that continue to grieve the loss of a loved one. John Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3202 West North Avenue and Hilton Street.