From the Rector's Desk
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin
Rector, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
August 6, 2020

Dear Ones,
I am very pleased to share the news that Lauren Devito is our new Director of Communications, effective August 15. Lauren joined the staff in March as part-time Creative Director of Digital Media. In that capacity, she helped us move quickly in the Call to Action for racial justice, created the video to launch our 30-30-30 campaign with Housing Up, is developing a new website (stay tuned!), and quickly became a vital member of our staff team. We anticipate a seamless transition as she steps into this new, larger role.
From Lauren:
"I have had the absolute pleasure working part-time as the Creative Director of Digital Media at St. Columba’s since March. In those months, the clergy, staff and parish of St. Columba’s has inspired me with their energy, commitment and passion for making the world better, not just with words but with clear and deliberate action. To be included in this community is an opportunity I am deeply grateful for.

I come from a varied background in design and marketing starting at MTV and going on to work with clients from Volkswagen, Infiniti, and Gerber to nonprofits and small businesses across the US. Moving into the role as Director of Communications I look forward to helping spread the word of love, peace and inclusivity that encompasses the spirit of St. Columba's to the world. Being new to St. C’s, I can’t wait to meet more of our Columba family and to see what amazing things we can accomplish together."
We have a compelling message of God’s love to share. Helping us stay connected to one another as a congregation and helping us reach beyond with the good news of the Gospel has never felt more important than it does today. As we navigate this pandemic, we are redirecting resources so we can communicate effectively. To support Lauren in this effort, Jamal Williams will continue editing Daily Bread; we will contract with a new worship video editor for Sunday mornings: and will hire a project coordinator to support routine tasks, e.g., producing our weekly eNews.

With a degree in Digital Design and experience as a marketing strategist and freelance writer, Lauren is thrilled to be part of a community where we are deeply committed to Live God’s Love.
Welcome Lauren.

Peace!
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, Rector