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“Action without contemplation is the work of hamsters and gerbils"
Richard Rohr, Grace in Action, xiv, quoted by the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton at Diocesan Convention 2010.

Annual Covenanting for Members of the Order of Urban Missioners in the Diocese of Maryland

September 24, 2011, from 11:00 A.M. to about 2:45 P.M.

The Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore.

Presiding and preaching at our Eucharist : The Rev. Canon Daniel Webster, Canon for Evangelism and Ministry Development, Diocese of Maryland.

Please bring : Yourself and.

Your sense of your calling and your need for prayers. (Prayer requests might include “Faithfulness to continue ministry at my urban parish,” or “Insight into becoming a better teacher,” or “Courage to explore volunteering in a different agency,” for example. Our requests often evolve over the course of our meetings!)

Your Order of Urban Missioners cross, if you are a returning member. New members will receive a cross (while supplies last), handcrafted according to a design by Baltimore artist Deborah Patterson. Contributions toward the cost of manufacture ($60.00) are welcome.

Food : if possible, please bring enough of one lunch item (e.g. bread, cheese, fruit, crackers) to feed several other members.

RSVP : or 410-866-6922. Mary+'s 2011 Letter

The Order of Urban Missioners offers spiritual support for those able to gather one Saturday a month, but also for those unable to join us.

If you can't meet with us but would like to add your urban parish or ministry to our prayer list, please send a paragraph or so about your prayer requests to

We gather on the third Saturday of each month at the Church of the Holy Nativity, Pimlico (Baltimore), from 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Meetings include a morning devotion, food, meditation, sharing of prayer requests, and Eucharist. We are considering weeknight gatherings also; see reverse. On October 15, we will discuss leadership roles for 2011-12. Our annual retreat is tentatively set for the first weekend in March.

If you've been having trouble finding a spiritual director or retreat center, we can offer suggestions.

As Urban Missioners

We Vow:

  • To give our fears and prejudices about urban living and ministry over to God
  • To open ourselves to Christ's redeeming love, especially in the city
  • To live in a state of love
  • To this end, we vow:

    1) To take our calling to urban ministry seriously, and to covenant with the Order the length of time and the location to which we feel called;

    2) To take care of our bodies, our minds and our souls that we may be a useful instrument for God:

    3) To support each other in our various callings: 4) To commit ourselves to good works and acts of love, and to allow that God will bless us and change us through this calling: 5) To establish a Mother House (or Chapter House) as a place:

    Meetings are held monthly


    BALTIMORE, MD 21215
    9:30 am to 1:30 pm

    Abbreviated Morning Prayer
    Introductions, brief prayer concerns over light breakfast
    Meditation and silence
    Shared responses to meditation

    From our meetings, a sample meditation

    For more information contact:
    The Rev. Mary Davisson
    International Seafarers' Center
    1439 Wallace Street
    Baltimore, MD 21230
    410 685 1240

    The Maryland and New York Chapters of the Order of Urban Missioners now share a Facebook page! See also

    Members of the Order of Urban Missioners (Maryland) in 2010-11: Tom Brandt, Anne Clewell, Lu Coleman, Mary Davisson+, Diane Fadeley, Tim Grayson+, Helen Holton+, James Johnson, Jane Mayrer+, Martha Montgomery, Sarah Saxe, Angela Shepherd+.

    Read more from Bishop Sutton's 2010 Convention Address

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