Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Engaging a changing world with
an enduring faith in Jesus Christ


The annual Bishop's Appeal is the diocese primary fundraising campaign. It begins in the spring with a letter from Bishop Budde and continues through the year with occasional emails and social media activity. The appeal is individual donors' best opportunity to lend their financial support to the diocese.

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

2017 has been a year of tremendous strain for our country. Divisive language, stalled progress on eliminating the gun violence epidemic, and the erosion of protections and civil rights have combined to create an atmosphere of distrust and lack of respect for opposing points of view. It is in times like these when investing in Jesus’s message of love is most critical.

With your help, we will continue building bridges in the interfaith and ecumenical communities. With your help, we will continue advocating for necessary reforms so that the least among us is the greatest. With your help, we will show up, speak up, and stand up so that our communities and our nation return to the path of reconciliation and inclusion.

Please help us by making a generous gift. All contributions made before December 31 will be matched by an anonymous donor who has made a $40,000 challenge grant.

I look forward to being with you all in the New Year.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, D. Min
Bishop of Washington

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Support the Immigrant Relief Fund

Friends in faith and witness,

To the many in the diocese who have contacted me in the last week wanting to do more both to offer support for immigrant and refugee families and to mobilize for a more humane immigration policy: thank you. I am proud to serve as your bishop. This is not a partisan issue that divides us. It is a moral concern that unites us as Americans, as people of faith, and especially for those of us who follow Jesus.

The truth is that family separation has been happening daily far before the recent crisis at the border that detained children separate from their parents. Family separation happens each day a parent is unjustly detained by ICE for no crime other than trying to live their life faithfully in the country they’ve called home for decades. These are families like that of Fredy Diaz, and these are our siblings in Christ.

We are not powerless in the face of such pain and suffering. Christ is with us, to the end of the age, and the Holy Spirit, working in us, can do infinitely more than we could ask for or imagine. But Christ does need us--ours are the hands with which he works, ours the feet on which he moves; ours the voices with which he speaks to this world.

We have established an Immigrant Relief Fund at the diocesan office, to be used to help families with economic support and legal fees when someone in our diocesan community is detained. If you would like to make a contribution, click the donate button to the right, or mail a check payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to:

Episcopal Church House

Mount St. Alban

Washington, DC, 20016

Attn: Immigrant Relief Fund

Please note "Immigrant Relief Fund" in the memo line of your check.


Faithfully in Christ,

Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde

Bishop of Washington


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