Here’s where you’ll find good news stories about how we–as a diocese, as parishes, and as individuals–are drawing people to Jesus and embodying His love for the world by growing our skills as leaders, deepening our faith, and striving for justice.
Starting on Sunday, December 3 on Facebook or Instagram, we invite you and yours to journey through Advent with the schools of the Diocese of Washington, through the reflective thoughts of chaplains and the inspiring artwork of students.
“La gratitud desbloquea la plenitud de la vida, convierte lo que tenemos en suficiente y más”.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, it turns what we have into enough and more.”
Our vision is to be a diocese that draws on the gifts of all God’s people to serve Christ together and live Jesus’ Way of Love. One path we’re exploring to make this vision a vital reality is the development of new faith communities – otherwise known as church planting. In August the Diocese of Washington hired the Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell to lead our efforts in Bowie, Maryland, the first location we identified to begin this deeply hopeful and exciting work.
For many migrants, food is not a given. That harsh realization during the pandemic was the catalyst for the creation of Food Justice DMV (FJDMV). It began when an immigrant seeking asylum spent money to pay for transportation to an ICE check-in that could have been used for his family’s food.
In speaking about practices of faith, Bishop Mariann has said, “…the life of faith is never static, there is always a next faithful step.” We are capable of – and called to – growing as Christian disciples by deepening our relationship with God, our neighbors and ourselves. This growth may be referred to as a path of discipleship.
My excitement about being the new director of the School comes out of my own experience as a parish priest over the past 25 years. I understand that the work of the local congregation is hard and multi-faceted. I also know the absolute joy that comes when we manage to meet God’s people where they are.
On a beautiful, late summer, one of the children at our biweekly Friday evening enrichment program was playing outside our church café with her peers, and she looked up to see a magnificent rainbow spanning the skies over Upper Marlboro. In that moment she pointed and exclaimed: God’s promise! That is what this story is about: God’s promise.
In addition to our diocesan communications about the unfolding situation in Israel and Palestine, we share here information pulled together by the communications team of the Presiding Bishop’s office and other news outlets. We will continue to post updates as they become available.
In the Tending Our Soil Thriving Congregation Initiative, one of the tools that congregations have found most useful is called MissionInsite. MissionInsite is a “cloud-based technology platform that bridges the gap between data and decisionable information by answering the ‘where’ and ‘what about’ questions in your [church] and community.” MissionInsite provides data such as population demographics, economic details, sociological insights, and more, to help you better understand your community.