News & Features : Archives December 2019
December 06, 2019
Fall Grants Awarded
During the November meeting, Diocesan Council awarded seven congregational grants totaling $91,850 in six diocesan regions.
In Central DC, the Church of the Epiphany will continue to enhance their justice work through The Epiphany Power Hour, a free social justice conversation series taking place every Thursday. The Power Hour was born out of Epiphany's long history of befriending the poor, coupled with the community organizing experience of our rector, the Reverend Glenna Huber.
In North DC, Trinity, DC will concentrate its efforts on revitalization through focused attention on a Family Ministry initiative. It is designed to expand and grow their commitment to the Jesus Movement through an intentional outreach effort into their surrounding neighborhood to attract families and head of households who are in the age range of 30-45 and their children.
In South DC, St. Augustine's will be able to embark on the work of the Unstuck Group.
In Southern Maryland, two parishes received grants: Christ Church, La Plata and Christ Church, Wayside will expand on their HeartSongs open-mic program they implemented in the Spring and will offer a fresh expression Sunday evening worship service. St. Paul's, Piney will partner with area elementary school through relationship-based outreach that will be rooted in one of the parish's four core values of bringing God's hope, healing, and fellowship to their community.
In Central Montgomery County, St. Mary Magdalene will expand and support their music program between both English and Spanish speaking congregations as music is a vital part of worship in a multicultural community.
In North Montgomery County, St. Anne's will embark on creating a fresh expression of worship that uses the information gained using MissionInsite and Experian Mosaic lifestyle categories that were more likely to respond to a unique experience and message of God.
December 05, 2019
A survivor speaks eloquently about the effects of gun violence on her life.
Last night St. Mark's, Capitol Hill hosted the 7th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. Those gathered came to remember and lament the lives lost and affected by gun violence in the United States. Moderated by the Rev. Michele Morgan, rector of St. Mark's, the event featured remarks from many elected officials, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Most compelling though, were the testimonies from survivors of gun violence. All present were invited to pray and to commit themselves to advocate for sensible gun protection laws and the end of gun violence.
The Rev. Michele H. Morgan, rector of St. Mark's, stands beside Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
The Right Reverend Mark M. Beckwith, retired bishop of Newark, advocates for an end to gun violence.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses those gathered.