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.
A Compelling Mission and Vision At Work at St. Margaret’s, DC
While “A Compelling Mission & Vision” is just one of seven vital signs identified by our Diocese [as areas that contribute to a healthy, growing church], I would argue that it’s the most important. A compelling mission and vision are the roots from which all the other vital signs grow.
Tending Our Soil: Congregations and Coaches Selected for Year Three
We are pleased to announce the 5 congregations that have accepted the invitation to join the third and final cohort of the diocese’s Tending Our Soil Thriving Congregations Initiative.
In the Spotlight of Your Attention
May I speak to you in the name of God, Creator, Liberator, and Spirit. Amen. Please be seated. How many people do you think fit in this main section of the Cathedral? 500? 600? Think again, it’s more like 8 or 900. Add the transepts and we’re at well over 1,000 people. That’s a lot of people.
En el Centro de su atención
Les hablo en nombre de Dios, Creador, Libertador y Espíritu. Amén. Por favor, tomen asiento. ¿Cuántas personas crees que caben en esta sección principal de la Catedral? 500? 600? Piense de nuevo, son más bien 8 o 900. Si añadimos los transeptos, superamos las 1,000 personas. Eso es mucha gente.
Committee on Diocesan Reparations – Members Announced
The Diocese is taking its next steps towards addressing its historical involvement in anti-Black racism. Following the passage of the resolution Towards Repentance and Reparations at the 2023 Diocesan Convention, the application process to serve on the Committee on Diocesan Reparations began.
Tending Our Soil Thriving Congregations Initiative: What We’ve Learned So Far
The Tending Our Soil Thriving Congregations Initiative takes congregations through a 3-year process in listening, discernment and studying. Each congregation refreshes their mission and vision then defines strategic goals designed to increase the vitality of their church.
Celebrate Pride with EDOW
Last June, several EDOW parishes united behind the diocesan banner and marched together at the Capital Pride Parade. While EDOW congregations have a long history of participating in pride events, this was the first time the diocese organized an official contingent.
Act to Protect Dreamers
In response to the House of Representatives considering bills to restrict asylum and to bolster border security, earlier this week the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) issued a call urging Episcopalians to contact their members of Congress to pass a bill like the Dream Act to protect individuals who have called this country their home their whole lives.
Committee Black Church Ministry — Members Announced
After receiving the Report of the Task Force on Black Ministries, Diocesan Council voted unanimously at their December, 2022 meeting to establish a permanent Committee on Black Church Ministry, the first recommendation listed in the report.
Vital Signs at Work in Our Parishes
In 2019, the Diocese of Washington gathered together over a series of listening sessions to discern our next faithful steps and craft a strategic plan to help guide our way. We asked: Where is God calling us to show up? How is God calling us to show up? And most importantly, why is God calling us to show up?