From the Rector's Desk
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin
Rector, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
June 2, 2020

Dear Ones,
"What can we do?" is a question many are asking in the midst of the ongoing heartbreak and racial injustice in our country. Here is a start.

Call to Prayer
Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
We will gather and offer the prayers of our hearts – for the ways we hurt and the ways we hope. Prayer is always a radical affirmation of the power of God to bring about change and new life, even though the path is unknown to us.
Join us on Zoom videoconferencing, Meeting ID: https://columba.zoom.us/j/97200812863

Daily Vigils
St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square
At the invitation of Bishop Budde, clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington are participating in a daily vigil in front of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, each afternoon from 3:30 until curfew – or until otherwise dispersed. Joshua was there on Monday; Ledlie will be there on Tuesday.

Friendship Heights
Weeknights, 6-6:45 pm
Parishioners and neighbors are standing witness on Wisconsin and Western Avenues to demand racial justice for black and brown Americans. Join parishioner Elizabeth Vaden as she continues this peaceful demonstration every night this week 6-6:45 pm (giving everyone time to get home before curfew at 7 pm). Our message is "We stand in solidarity with those seeking racial justice in our nation today." Invite a neighbor or friend. Bring a sign, take a knee, or just bear witness. Don’t forget your masks, and remember to maintain social distancing.

Columba Day, our patronal feast
Sunday, June 7, 12-1 pm
In place of festive celebration, join us in a “drive by” reaffirmation of our baptismal vows. Decorate your car and/or wear red as a sign of the Holy Spirit. Our clergy and staff will be on the lawn sharing and sprinkling the water of baptism as you pass by. Travel on 42nd Street from Butterworth to Albemarle, and right turn down Albemarle to 43rd Street.

What would Columba say about the racial divisions of our country and the painful toll of the coronavirus? We’ll find out with Ledlie’s sermon at 11 am. Our baptismal vows are at the very heart of what it means for us to Live God’s Love. To each question – “Will you … seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace among all people, persevere in resisting evil, respect the dignity of every human being” – we respond, “I will, with God’s help.”

Call to Action
Sunday, June 14, 11:45 am
Directly following the 11 am service, we invite you to join the Stirring the Waters ministry, Ledlie, and Cami to listen, learn about the historical system that has been put in place to get us to where we are today, and have a conversation on how you can get involved and be a “people of resistance.”

St. Columba's will continue to post other ways for you to be involved.
Visit Columba.org for any updates.

Peace,
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, Rector