This issue includes news about events this weekend. 
An Invitation from St. George's: Pre-March for our Lives Prayers
Saturday, March 24
Meet at Saint George's at 9:30 AM

We will meet in the nave for a 15 minute prayer and then take Metro to the demonstration that begins at 12:00 Noon. Please join me as we support this non-partisan demonstration organized by the students of Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida to advocate for the end of gun violence. Bring a lunch. The march will take place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd NW and 12th NW.
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March For Our Lives Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Washington National Cathedral
Friday, March 23  *  7 pm

On Fri., Mar. 23, Washington National Cathedral will host an interfaith prayer vigil for activists, students and pilgrims.
  • Tickets and registrations will not be required for entry, however, registration is requested to help the Cathedral prepare to welcome everyone
  • Doors open at 6:15 PM
  • All will be welcome; seating is first come, first served
Students and leaders from many faith traditions will lead this prayer service recognizing the breadth of trauma caused by gun violence, including community shootings, school massacres, suicide, and related traumas. In prayer and song, this gathering will honor those we have lost, acknowledge the pain we carry, and lift up the need for healing for ourselves and our country.  Together, we will call on the spirit of hope and love to carry us forward.
An Announcement from The Diocese of Virginia
"Violence will no more be heard in your land, ruin or destruction within your borders." 
We sing these words in The Third Song of Isaiah, one of the canticles of Morning Prayer. The words come from the 60th chapter of Isaiah. This vision of the prophet remains our vision today. 
On Sat., Mar. 24, the Bishops of Virginia will follow the lead of young people and pray, march and witness so that gun violence will no more be heard in our land. 
Bishop Shannon Johnston  will take part in events in Richmond. 
Bishop Susan Goff  will take part in events in Charlottesville. 
Bishops Bob Ihloff and Ted Gulick will take part in events in  
Washington, D.C.

(See logistics and event details for each march below)
We choose to spend Saturday with young people and others from our congregations and communities to say NO to gun violence. We join with responsible gun owners and with others who have a wide variety of views toward guns. We speak not against responsible gun ownership, but against an idolatry of guns that has caused devastating ruin and destruction within our borders. We invite the people of this diocese to join in saying no to violence and yes to life.
Gathering Points for Episcopal Groups
Episcopal groups will gather to join in prayer and fellowship just prior to joining the marches. 
Washington, D.C. : March begins at noon at Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street and 12th Street NW. Episcopalians from all over the country will be gathering between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany at 1317 G Street, NW. Note: There is a Central Metro Station located at 607 13th St NW, roughly one block from the church. 
Good-to-Know Tips about the March
The forecast for Saturday will be very cold so be sure to dress warmly.
Follow the movement! #EpiscopalMarch
More information about the March for Our Lives and resources for participation can be found here on the diocesan website. 
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