Join us to commemorate the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard, on what would have been his forty-sixth birthday, with an evening service of song and prayer and the dedication of a portrait of Matthew by artist Kelly Latimore [https://kellylatimoreicons.com/] commissioned by LGBTQ members of the Cathedral staff. Matthew’s parents, Dennis and Judy Shepard, will join the service in St. Joseph’s Chapel, where Matthew is interred. The chapel will also be open from 2:00-5:00 pm for reflection and prayer with the portrait of Matthew on display and the Shepards on hand to greet visitors. The Cathedral’s online Morning Prayer on December 1 will be offered in remembrance of Matthew and led by the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson.
“The past several years have reminded me that there are many people who don’t know much about Matthew’s story despite the close connection here at the Cathedral.” – Rev. Patrick L. Keyser, Priest Associate National Cathedral
The Meaning of Matthew is more than a retelling of horrific injustice that brought the reality of inequality and homophobia into the American consciousness. It is an unforgettable and inspiring account of how one ordinary woman turned an unthinkable tragedy into a vital message for the world.
Join the LGBTQIA Alliance for a discussion of Judy Shepard’s book “The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed.” Lead by The Rev. Patrick L. Keyser, Priest Associate.
This is a hybrid event available both online via Zoom or in person at National Cathedral’s Library. Free Registration: tinyurl.com/TheMeaningOfMatthewS
PRIDE 2022 Booth sign-up
Form for volunteers to choose times to crew the EDOW booth at Pride Festival 2022.
Capital Pride events return to Washington, DC this June and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington will be there to celebrate! This year, for the first time, an official diocesan contingent will march together in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11 and host a booth at the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 12.
Saturday’s Pride Parade is an opportunity to get outside, have fun, represent the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement in Washington, and show solidarity with and love for our LGBTQIA+ siblings. We invite all interested congregations and Episcopal communities to unite under the diocesan banner.
The Pride Festival on June 12 is a day of entertainment and advocacy. Located along Pennsylvania Avenue, the festival features over 300 exhibitors, from faith-based groups (like us!) to service organizations, artists, educational institutions and more (did we mention there’d be food?!?). Members of the bishop’s staff will partner with volunteers from around the diocese to host a booth so we can share information about our wonderfully welcoming communities.
Information about specific times and meet-up locations can be in these Pride Parade Instructions.
If you and/or your community are interested in joining the diocesan contingent for the Parade or stopping by the diocesan booth during the Festival, complete this form.
If you and/or your community are interested in helping to crew the diocesan booth at the Festival, complete this form.
Contact the Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell with questions or for more information.