Monday, August 28
, people of different religious backgrounds are planning to gather and march together as part of the Ministers March for Justice. The march is taking place to demonstrate a recommitment by people of faith to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and all that it stood for. Specifically, we are marching for healthcare, economic justice, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. The march begins at
at the MLK memorial and will make its way across town to the Department of Justice on Pennsylvania Avenue. You can find out more details
There have been so many marches in Washington this year; for Leila, my nine month old, and me this will be our third march. I'm not someone who has been on millions of marches. It isn't a form of public expression that I have felt particularly drawn to in the past, but this year has been different. For some reason I find myself called to march and after some reflection I think I'm coming to realize why.
I am more and more convinced that a strong part of the Christian calling is to be with people. As disciples of Christ we take Jesus Christ as the inspiration for how to be and one thing that Jesus did a lot of was being with people (Jesus was 33 when he died, the Gospels focus on the last three years of his life when he was teaching, traveling and healing. That leaves thirty years in Nazareth just hanging out with people). Inspired by Jesus' presence amongst his people, an Anglican missionary, whose work with Muslims and Christians has been an important influence in my own vocation, suggests that our role as disciples of Christ is to be 'Christ bearers'. Christians are called to be the hands and feet of Christ for other people and if we are to do that well we need to spend some time being with them rather than simply seeking to be for them (those from our parish who heard the Revd. Dr. Sam Wells speak at Epiphany last Lent will recognize much of Wells' writing in what I am saying). Christians are called to be with people and that framework for understanding our Christian vocation spills out into all the different forms of encounter and relationship we experience.
It is, it seems to me, particularly true of the ministries we offer at Epiphany. In our encounters with people of other religious faiths we are called to be with them, to be present with them, because then and only then will we begin to understand what makes the other tick. And I would venture that in being with one another (and as a Christian therefore 'bearing' Christ to the other), we learn more about ourselves and more about God. Our relationship with the members of the ADAMS community who pray at Epiphany is an example of this kind of 'being with'.
Being with is equally significant in the ways in which we seek to serve the members of our Epiphany community who are struggling with poverty and homelessness. We don't claim to be able to fix all the problems, but we do offer to be with people, spend time with them, listen, converse, pray, enjoy fellowship and offer friendship. We seek to learn and to remember people's names, to remind them that God loves them unconditionally and that God's church, God's table is open to all. This is all part of being with people.
And it strikes me that marching is another form of being with. I don't personally suffer from issues with healthcare, economic justice, voting rights, or criminal justice reform, but I care deeply about them and I am very sad and very frustrated that so many people do suffer due to injustice in these areas. Marching with thousands of other people who care as much as I do about these issues is another form of being with. It is being with the people on the march in a very physical and tangible way which is powerful in itself. It is also a form of being with people on the receiving end of these injustices. And finally, we believe in the communion of saints and so marching on the 54th anniversary of Dr. King's speech and march on Washington is a form of being with Dr. King and all those who have gone before us; those who marched and those who were martyred for these issues. Jesus spent a lot of time being with people, let me encourage you to think this week about when you might find some extra time to be with someone who could use your time and attention. And if 'being with' in the form of the Ministers March for Justice speaks to you then join me and Leila
With my prayers,
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
Monday, August 28
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
One thousand ministers of all denominations will convene in Washington, D.C. to reaffirm their commitment to the social justice movement and stand in solidarity with the spirit and legacy of Dr. King -- all are invited to attend!
Participants are welcome to gather here at Epiphany at 9:30am and travel together to the MLK Memorial. If driving in, there is a PMI parking garage next door to the church and we are one block away from the Metro Center metro stop. From here, the memorial is about a mile and a half away. Parking is very limited along the march route; best options are to walk, Metro, or a quick Uber/Lyft drop off.
The march will conclude outside of the Department of Justice around 2:00pm, the church will remain open until 3:00pm. Click here for more information and the exact route map.
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
Congratulations to Mary Sebold!
Mary Sebold has been accepted to train as a vocational deacon. This is wonderful news for Epiphany and for the wider church! Please keep Mary in your prayers as she begins her training.
"Friday Church: A Pakistani Muslim Prays
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 event which will include a panel discussion also featuring Rev. Laing. Please RSVP here.
Storytellers for Change: An Annual Street Sense Celebration
September 28, 6:00pm
The Josephine Butler Parks Center
Join an evening of powerful storytelling through an
Artistic Showcase, exhibits of work by homeless, and formerly homeless, members of our community. The artists will share their voices through
photography, illustration, interactive art, poetry and writing, theater, film, and audio production.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists showcasing work. Many displayed pieces will be on sale for donation to support the artists and grow the workshops where the pieces are created. All support for this event will advance engagement and education between Street Sense storytellers and the public. Their stories are shared through our widening array of multi-media outlets and events focused on ending homelessness and poverty.
The evening will include h
eavy hors d'Oeuvres, a silent auction, dancing and live music, and NBC's Leon Harris as Master of Ceremonies. Get your ticket here!
This week in Epiphany History
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Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
August 29, 2017 at 12:10pm
Brooke Evers, soprano, along with Jeremy Filsell, piano, in Cabaret Songs of Benjamin Britten and American composer William Bolcom.
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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