Greetings! My name is Joshua Daniel, and I thought I would reintroduce myself after a summer away. I am in my last year studying for ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary and I am working at Epiphany through May as a part of that training.
My family and I are from Arkansas. Jenna, my wife, is a speech pathologist and also a small business owner selling essential oils. My son, Jude, just started second grade and our daughter, Ruby, is three. Before coming to seminary I worked as a chaplain, taught college classes, and helped edit an academic journal at the University of Arkansas, where I received a Ph.D in Philosophy in 2015.
I am excited to return to Epiphany and eager to get back to work! I learned so much last year and look forward to ministering alongside many of you in contexts familiar and new. I will be at Epiphany all day on Tuesday's for the next several weeks. If you live or work in the area I would love to meet for coffee or lunch, so please let me know!
This last summer I worked as an intern at St. Mary's parish in St. Mary's City, Maryland (way down south, where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake Bay). It was a really nice, affirming summer of ministry and it was my first chance yet to work full time in a church. I learned a lot and got to participate widely in the happenings of the church. I also led a couple of Christian education meetings. This was a several week "course" examining some of the fundamental aspects of faith and another on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "
." Bonhoeffer wrote that book while working in an underground seminary in 1930s Germany. Bonhoeffer was a strong voice of resistance against Hitler (ultimately participating in a plot to assassinate him) but also an unrelenting critic of the church, which had largely acquiesced to the Nazi government. In "
Bonhoeffer writes about the difference between our ideals and the "Divine Reality" we are called to:
"Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream. ... But God's grace speedily shatters such dreams. Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves. ... Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God's sight ..."
Bonhoeffer's book has weighed on me as I have continued on my journey in the Episcopal Church. My hope this year is to help, in whatever way I can, build the community-the life-at Church of the Epiphany, knowing that may mean working through the difficult process of subjecting
"ideals" to the Divine Reality of God. But in this there is hope. Hope that I can come to see the world and the church not as I want it but as God does.
Thank you all for warmly welcoming me back and also for your willingness to help me on this journey!
September 27, 1946 - September 5, 2017
The Funeral Service will be held on
Friday, September 15, 2017
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
The family will receive people at the church beginning at 9:00 am
As many of you know, there tends to be heavy traffic here in Downtown D.C. on weekday mornings. Due to extremely limited parking availability, we encourage all who are able to use Metro or carpool.
Following the service, the family and any who wish to join will proceed to Rock Creek Cemetery for the interment.
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
September 17, 2017
Come one, come all to Homecoming Sunday. It is time to reconnect with all of your friends and family at the Church of the Epiphany. We invite you to welcome our new Rector, greet your friends, catch up on all that has happened over the summer and look forward to a renewing Epiphany and rediscovering our mission and members.
We will worship together at 11:00am, the choir will be back and the music will be glorious. Then we will share in a potluck lunch while we visit with each other and learn more about Realm, our new online tool for keeping our parish records up to date. If we don't have your picture for our pictorial directory, there will be an opportunity to have it taken. If you haven't met Rector Glenna yet, this is your chance. Be sure to be there.
For the potluck:
Families with last names beginning with A - H, please bring dessert or fruit
Families with last names beginning with I - P, please bring a salad
Families with last names beginning with R - Y, please bring a main course dish
The Vestry will be setting-up, cleaning-up, and providing drinks.
The Stories of Epiphany
|Why I love Epiphany - Caroline's Story
Caroline Klam reflects on her time here at Epiphany and what encourages her to remain active after nearly 16 years!
If you too would like to share your story, please contact
by email or calling the parish office at (202) 347-2635 to schedule a time.
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other
It's not too late to register!
, the Diocese is offering the workshop
Face of God in Each Other. This is
designed to explore the history of institutionalized discrimination in our society. The goal of the training is to find common ground for building the beloved community in our parish, our diocese, and the world.
Ann Gordon and Ca
have both attended previous sessions and we
have a group of Epiphany members
lready registered to
this year's session at the Cathedral - we hope you will consider joining.
All are invited to register here.
Epiphany is a diverse parish with a deep faith and a commitment to social justice, and
we want to
build on that faith and deepen our commitment to growing our community by engaging each other and our community in discussion and action for justice in the world.
Sanctuary flowers have been given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Edwin Bertrand and Julia Elizabeth Watkins Trenis, who were married here at The Church of the Epiphany, September 17, 1874.
Thank you to their great-granddaughter, Alicia Osgood, for sharing these beautiful wedding photos.
Empower the Homeless Walk
Sunday, September 24
All are invited to join us for this year's Walk to Empower the Homeless on Sunday, September 24. The walk will begin immediately following the 8:00am service. We will walk together from Epiphany to the White House and back. The walk usually takes about 30 minutes.
In conjunction with the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, this walk is an effort to raise funds to help end homelessness in our area.
If would like to support Samaritan Ministry and their work which directly impacts 1,000 homeless and downtown poor, please bring cash or a check for $25 payable to "Samaritan Ministry."
Any donations can be turned in to Susan Weinbeck, Rasheen Carbin or Lois Nembhard. If you would like to support the walk by donating online to Samaritan Ministry, click on this link.
YSOP Fall Social
October 4, 7:00pm
Join the Youth Service Opportunities Project at their Fall Social October 4th at 7:00 p.m. right here at Church of the Epiphany. All ticket proceeds go directly towards programming engaging youth volunteers in service to the homeless and hungry in our community. Tickets available here. The last day to purchase tickets is Monday, September 25.
This week in Epiphany History
We remember September 11th, a full week of highly attended prayer services here at Epiphany. Be sure to
get your daily
dose of Epiphany History by following
Celebrating 175 page
Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
September 19, 2017 at 12:10pm
Christine Browne-Munz, mezzo-soprano, Nathan Letorneau, tenor, and Jeremy Filsell, piano, in a program reflecting the Canadian landscape and culture, focusing on nature and the wandering narrative of adventure. Including Larysa Kuzmenko's In Search of Eldorado and John Beckwith's Young Man From Canada.
Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested
to support the Concert Series.
Epiphany Choir CD
Copies are available now for just
in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our
Prayer & Pastoral Care
We ask for your Prayers
For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially:
Jonnie Lee Walker Martin, cousin of Irvin Peterson
Holly Foster, daughter of Barbara Ford-Foster
sister of James Hollingsworth
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
Service in Mission & Ministry
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 (
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 (
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.
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