News & Features
March 26, 2020
There’s only so much hitting the refresh button we can do before we reach peak news burnout during an extended crisis. And in this time of coronavirus, even the extroverts among us may have crashed into the “too much ZOOM, too many Hang Outs” wall. We took an informal survey to see how we on the diocesan staff are counterprogramming COVID-19 during our off-work hours. From books to gaming, podcasts to Netflix bingeables, and from the purely escapist to the deeply thought-provoking, here’s our best of the best:
- Aquinas’s Shorter Summa by Thomas Aquinas
- Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
- The Hope of Glory by Jon Meacham
- Church Dogmatics Volume II.1 by Karl Barth
- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
- We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Hallelujah Anyhow by Bishop Barbara Harris
- Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
- The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts by Karen Armstrong
- The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronvitch
- Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction by Margaret Guenther
- Unmasking Latinx Ministry for Episcopalians by Carla Roland Guzman
- Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead
- Surrounded by Love by Murray Bodo, OFM
- Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger
- A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle
- Shardlake series (Sovereign is the first) by C.J. Sansom
- The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
Podcasts and Streaming
- On Being with Krista Tippett
- Fresh Air
- Met Opera (free during the pandemic)
- 22 ways to leave home...from virtual zoo exhibits to museum tours
- The West Wing (Netflix)
- The Crown (Netflix)
- The Two Popes (Netflix)
- Dexter (Netflix)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (Netflix)
- 90 Day Fiance (TLC)
- 100 Humans (Netflix)
- The Good Place (Netflix)
- This is Us (Hulu)
- Million Little Things (Hulu)
- Homeland (Hulu)
- The New Pope (HBO)
- Outlander (Starz)
- The Outsider (HBO)
- Avenue 5 (HBO)
- Westworld (HBO)
- The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (Amazon)
- Gentefied (Netflix)
- Story of God with Morgan Freeman (Netflix)
- El Barco (Netflix)
- CBS All Access has a one month free trial going on (normal charges apply after 30 days) and for all you Trekkies out there, this might be the prime opportunity to start in on the new Star Trek series.
- The Princess Bride
- To Sir With Love
- Groundhog Day
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- Antoine Fisher
- Leap of Faith
- Murder by Death
- O Brother Where Art Thou
- My Man Godfrey
- The Thin Man
- Kinky Boots
- Paper Moon
- Off Limits
- The Gods Must Be Crazy
- The In-laws
- The Harry Potter movies
- Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (Amazon Prime)
- Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker (Netflix)
- DayZ (for PCs)
- Unturned (for PCs)
- PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battleground) (on iPad)
- Hearthstone (on iPhone)
Apps and Other Things
February 12, 2020
Resources for Lent 2020, including Lent Sermons, Lenten devotional, Lent Madness, Lent Calendars
Building Faith: https://buildfaith.org/lent/
February 06, 2020
Young musicians from East of the River Steelband at the recent More Jesus, More Love revival service
In honor of Black History Month, a number of parishes in the Diocese of Washington will host events and services uplifting the contributions and culture of African-Americans in U.S. society and our local communities. From a play about Rosa Parks to a celebration of Gospel music to an exploration of the role race has played in the Episcopal Church, you're invited to participate.
- The D.C. Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and St. Andrew's, College Park invite you to a Commemoration of the life and legacy of Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained priest in the Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's (map) Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, celebrant; the Rev. Absalom Jones (Dr. Anthony Alexander), preacher. Clergy are asked to vest, process, and wear festive stoles.
- St. Augustine's, DC (map) will host leaders from Virginia Theological Seminary, Empower DC, and Howard University for three discussions (February 9, 16, and 23) highlighting Black History. Come hear about Verna Dozier, the Rev. Alexander Crummel, and African-Americans and the Vote. All are welcome. Learn more
- St. Thomas', Upper Marlboro (map) celebrates Black History Month with a Celebration of Gospel Music on Sunday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. The history of Gospel Music from African Spirituals to today's modern Gospel will be featured through dance, poetry reading and gospel choir singing.
- The center of many African-American family gatherings is sharing food. the Episcopal Church Women of Church of the Atonement, DC (map) invite you to join them as they share their favorite Traditional Soul Cuisine in celebration of Black History Month on Sunday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. Wearing Afrocentric attire is strongly encouraged.
- The D.C. Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invites you to explore the role race has played in the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Vincent P. Harris will facilitate a conversation on Saturday, February 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke's, DC (map) Learn more and register for this free discussion
January 30, 2020
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry dropped in at the youth overnight, one of the many events that made up the More Jesus, More Love revival weekend. The theme -- Go. Witness. Build. -- was inspired by the Way of Love, the Episcopal Church's rule of life.
Bishop Mariann listens in on one of the small group discussions.
Hanging out between sessions. The overnight took place at the Bishop Walker School.
Selfie with the PB? Yes, please!
Deepening friendships while deepening faith. More Jesus and more love in action.
Reflecting on lessons learned and next steps. What are YOU called to do?
January 30, 2020
On Friday, January 24 at St. Thomas', Dupont Circle, Presiding Bishop Curry gathered with young adults from all around the diocese for conversation and worship.
Bishop Curry asks a question.
The group responds.
Bishop Mariann, Presiding Bishop Curry, and the Rev. Todd Thomas, missioner for Revitalization and Young Adult Ministry
Bishop Curry leads the worship service.
Young adults engaged and enjoying each other's company.
Sharing Faith cards can be printed (double sided) from the document located here: Faith Cards Avery 8387. They are on Avery 8387 postcard stock and need to be cut in half once printed.