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Photos from More Jesus, More Love Revival Service

January 22, 2020

Parishioners from Ascension, Gaithersburg showing us what it's all about: Más Jesús, Más Amor (More Jesus, More Love)

Ms. Patricia Johnson, senior warden at St. Timothy's, D.C. and the Rev. Joseph Constant, rector of St. John's, Beltsville, arriving at the arena in good spirits and ready for More Jesus and More Love.

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism on the Presiding Bishop's staff; Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde; and Deacon Susan Fritz on the dais. 

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde welcomes the crowd.

Ms. Jennifer Amuzie sharing one of the many personal testimonies given--and received--at the revival

Mr. Jason Crighton of St. Thomas', DC offers his testimonial.

The Trinity, DC choir.


Julio Cuellar invites us to sing with him. 

The music from the Raymond Reed & Friends Ensemble got folks on their feet. 

Open to the message: More Jesus, More Love. 

East of the River Steelband, hosted at Church of the Atonement 

Attendees focused on Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry's electrifying sermon. 

Presiding Bishop Curry had us laughing, crying, and eager to love as Jesus loves. When he says, "More Jesus!" We say...

Category: Events

2019 Fall Congregational Growth Grants Awarded

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. 

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Tag: grants

Seventh Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

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. 

Category: News

Deacon Ordination Service, November 16, 2019

November 21, 2019

Savannah Ponder listens intently to Bishop Mariann, supported by friends and family, including members of L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C.St. Stephen and the Incarnation, and St. John's Lafayette Square, where she serves as the assistant for ministries to children, youth, and families.  (All photos: Donovan Marks)

Read Bishop Mariann's sermon for the Ordination of a Deacon: Character, Chemistry, Competence.

The Rev. Bruce McPherson offers the litany of prayers.

J. Matthew Ponder, Savannah's husband, and Eileen Schofield vest the new deacon.

The Rev. Savannah Ponder, newly ordained deacon, prepares the table.

Bishop Mariann blesses the people, and the people respond, Amen.

The Rev. Savannah Ponder among the many present  to witness her ordination into the Sacred Order of Deacons. 

The Rev. Savannah Ponder with three of her presenters (l-r: The Rev. Rob W. Fisher, Savannah, Ms. Jane Bishop, The Rev. Dr. Samuel Dessordi Leite, missing is The Rev. Emily Griffin).

Category: News

BorderLinks Pilgrimage

November 14, 2019

Members of the EDOW BorderLinks delegation

The U.S/Mexico border wall 
This week 13 people from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington have been on pilgrimage at the Arizona/Mexico border, learning more about the challenges facing immigrants seeking a better life crossing into the United States. The trip was arranged through BorderLinks, a residential program dedicated to teaching participants through various experiences, the plight of US immigrants.

The group hiked through the desert to simulate the experiences of those crossing the Mexican border into Arizona; visited the border wall in Nogales, Arizona/Mexico; visited a shelter sponsored by Cruzando Fronteras, a ministry of Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Nogales, AZ, for persons trying to immigrate into the US in Nogales, Mexico; and the group sat in on Operation Streamline proceedings, criminal court hearings where 61 persons arrested by the US Border Patrol were adjudicated with federal detention facility sentences in 59 minutes!

The pilgrims will be returning to the Diocese of Washington with experiences to share and insights into how we can cross borders to support and empower the people of God. 
The Rev. Canon Paula Clark says of her time among the men, women, and children whose communities are inextricably affected by what happens along the border, "This was a life-changing, meaningful experience."

Families and communities affected by U.S immigration policy

EDOW delegation members, including the Rev. Canon Paula Clark, with two of the youth they met on their pilgrimage to the border

The EDOW delegation stands beside the border wall

Category: News

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