In this Issue
Rector Reflection

Dear Epiphany,
Alt-right, White Nationalism, and Neo- Nazi, these words and corresponding images, have over the past few days become a more regular part of our vocabulary. Those who identify with these adjectives have created a false narrative that has been for too long left to fester and spread tentacles of hate throughout this nation. The President of the United States,  on Tuesday  of this week, offered words that indicated that those who would walk down public streets chanting words of condemnation and hate, carrying Nazi symbols, espousing superiority were no worse than the counter protesters who showed up to condemn their venom. Many of those counter protesters being people of faith, clergy leaders, people who have historically, nonviolently, stood with the marginalized. These are indeed, to say the least, interesting times.
All humanity should be outraged. All who believe that God created human, man and woman, in God's image, should be outraged. Anyone, who can hear/read the words of the creator who upon completion of the creation proclaimed, "it is good" should be outraged. People of faith should be outraged to the point of action. Any person, system, or President who supports the dehumanization of any of God's children should be challenged on that belief.
Of course, the question is how do we challenge this type of hatred, and more specifically how do the folks who consider Epiphany home stand up in the face of this assault on the fabric of all that we consider just. As I stated in my sermon on Sunday, I do not have all the answers, nor do I assume we are all starting from the same place. I'm still learning about the community, who we are, where we live, and what we are passionate about. But I do know that if we do not name evil when we see it, we end up being complicit in it. What is playing out before our eyes is clearly evil. We cannot afford to stand by and not respond to this, that is not the role of people of faith. That cannot be the role of Epiphany in downtown DC.  So, what to do? What can start by speaking up, showing up, listening, and educating ourselves about the impact of the systemic silencing of marginalized and targeted people. But, above all we must pray.
Jesus looked at them and said, 'For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God, all things are possible.' (Mark 10:27)
God can and does redeem all things.
In Hope,

Other ways to respond
*Ministers March for Justice Mon. Aug 28th 1964 Independence Ave 10am-2pm 
*Seeing the Face of God in Each Other Sept. 22nd  12:30- 8pm -23rd  8:30am-4pm at The National Cathedral
*March for Racial Justice Sat. Sept 30th 10am-1pm details TBA (the date falls of Yom Kippur, and is also the anniversary of a racist massacre in 1919. The date may be changed to allow our Jewish brothers and sisters to participate).
*Unity March Against White Supremacy Dec 3rd.  Washington, D.C. Details to Follow
Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany
  Sunday Readings

Parish Announcements
New Database
The Church of the Epiphany is ready to launch a new online database called Realm. Through Realm, Epiphany parishioners will be able to create a user profile, edit personal information, manage online giving, and learn more about church events and activities. The information that you choose to make public in Realm will only be accessible to other Epiphany Realm users with a log-in. If you have additional questions about privacy, please contact Catherine Mandhardt in the parish office.  
Shortly, you will receive an invitation from Church of the Epiphany with a link to create your Realm account. If you do not receive your invitation within a week, first check your spam folder. If you have still not received your email, please contact Catherine, the Parish Administrator, at  202-347-2635 or

Film Premiere:  "Friday Church: A Pakistani Muslim Prays 
in America"
Wednesday, August 30, 5:30pm-6:30pm
1440 G St. NW, WeWork, 8th floor

"Friday Church" is an eight-minute documentary from the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom that follows the story of a young Pakistani Muslim visitor to Washington, DC who has his views about religious coexistence transformed after local Christians welcome him and other Muslims to Friday Muslim prayer in their church, The Church of the Epiphany. The documentary was filmed in part here at Epiphany and features 
Rev. Catriona Laing. All are invited to attend the premiere and can RSVP here.

This week in Epiphany History
A prominent southern abolitionist, the U.S. Capitol architectural design and much more! Be sure to  get your daily  dose of Epiphany History by following  the Celebrating 175 page .

Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series
August 22, 2017 at 12:10pm

David Pedrazaviola, and Anna Nizhegorodstevapiano, play Bach, Paganini, and the magnificent 1919 Sonata by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979).

Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested  to support the Concert Series.

Epiphany Choir CD

Copies are available now for just  $15 in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,  Jeremy Filsell .

Support the arts at Epiphany by making a donation online now, or set up a recurring gift.
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our  website
Prayer & Pastoral Care

We ask for your Prayers
For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially:
Kathrine Ebert
Deb Greenbush
Susan Sutton
Carroll Pye
Ernest Xamboj 
Zalira Ayers
Sawyer Hutt 
Kim Sanders 
Anne Schmidt
Holly Foster, daughter of Barbara Ford-Foster
Kelly Miller
Angela Christian
Elaine Hollingsworth, sister of James Hollingsworth

Prayer List
We invite you to add those on your heart to our prayer list.
We will pray for them aloud on Wednesdays at our 12:10 Healing Service and will add them to the Sunday list. Contact the church office with the name of the person and what we need to know about them.

Pastoral Care
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer or conversation, please contact the church office. We would rather hear from many than miss the opportunity to connect with someone.

Labyrinth entrance Wednesday Silent Prayer
Come and join us for 20 minutes of silent prayer and meditation followed by a short time of prayer for the parish. We will meet in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 11:30am. All are welcome. To find out more, contact Catriona:

Service in Mission & MinistryService
How might you become more involved in the mission and ministry of our parish? There is so much going on at Epiphany and we are so grateful for the contributions you all offer towards making this happen. There are a few areas where we could really use your help! Please have a look at the list below and think where you might feel you could benefit from and contribute to the life of our community. 
The Welcome Table team are looking for more volunteers to help in the kitchen and dining room. Please contact Maria Hunter if you are interested in getting involved in this important aspect of our ministry at Epiphany (

Liturgical Leaders: We are always looking for people to help with the important ministries that make our Sunday worship possible. We welcome new additions to the ranks of greeters, ushers, readers, lay Eucharistic ministers, as well as the flower guild, and altar guild. If you are interested in learning more about any of these roles, please contact Catriona (
Music Library: Epiphany's music director would appreciate a volunteer to help with organizing the music library, including alphabetizing, rearranging shelves, labeling boxes, and updating the music library spreadsheet. Please email Jeremy at

If you are interested in learning about one or more of these ministries, you can also complete our Epiphany volunteer poll here.

Blogs & Websites
Episcopal Cafe   S ite featuring Episcopal news, commentary, and meditations 
Sojourners  Faith in action for social justice
Sacred Space  Daily Prayer from the Irish Jesuits

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