Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

News & Features

Preparing for Lent 2020

February 12, 2020

As Bishop Mariann shares in her message this week, "Now is a good time to consider what practices Jesus might be putting before you this Lent."

Helpful resources to get you started

  • The Good Book Club - join thousands of people exploring the Gospel of John together in this guided daily practice that culminates on Shrove Tuesday.
  • Ashes to Go - can't make a regular service on Ash Wednesday? We've got you covered. 

Lenten Quiet Days/Mornings

  • "Going Deeper into Prayer in Lent with The Mystic Evelyn Underhill" - the Rev. Dr. Sarah Coakley and the Rev. Charles Hoffacker discuss the challenges and difficulties of the spiritual life in the work of Evelyn Underhill and her spiritual director Dom John Chapman, OSB at Ascension and St. Agnes (map) on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Complimentary parking available. 

Is your parish holding a Lenten Quiet Day? Submit your information and we'll add it to our list

Category: News

Celebrating Black History Month Around the Diocese

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 (mapLearn more and register for this free discussion
 Is your church planning a service or event celebrating Black History month? Let us know
Category: Events

Go Witness Build: Dusk 2 Dawn Youth Overnight

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? 

Category: Events

Scenes from An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and EDOW Young Adults

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.

Category: Events

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

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