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BISHOP JOHN BRYSON CHANE presents Cheryl Daves Wilburn with the annual Bishop’s Award during the 116th Diocesan Convention Jan. 29. Canon to the ordinary Paul Cooney also received an award for his service.
he Diocese of Washington launched its updated web site, edow.org, on Jan. 29. "The goal was to make it more attractive, more user-friendly and more functional," said canon to the ordinary Paul Cooney. "I believe all of those objectives, and more, will be evident to you when you take the new site for a test drive." Improvements to the site include redesigned navigation built around the needs of parishes and leaders, a new calendar feature, an expanded news section, an updated history section, a new "find a church" search engine which is integrated with Google Maps, an improved online giving/pledging system, a new “update center” where users can update all their information with the diocese in one place and an
improved site search tool. Additionally, parishes are now able to complete parochial reports, clergy reports and parish election reports online, submit grant applications and reports and pledge to the diocese. "The hope is that most visitors can get what they want directly from the home page and site navigation with minimal clicks," said IT director Peter Turner, noting that the site’s content has been streamlined and hundreds of out-of-date pages have been removed. The site also includes features that enable users to more easily share or print pages, and incorporates RSS feeds so other web sites, blogs, or RSS readers can get updates without needing to visit the site.
Bishop nominees to be announced March 31 By Lucy Chumbley
The final slate of candidates for the ninth Bishop of Washington will be announced March 31 on the Bishop Search Web site, http://search.edow.org. Biographical information about the four to six finalists will be posted online after the announcement is made, and word will be sent when this is available via the bishop search listserv (sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org). The announcement will follow an approximately year-long process, during which members of the Search and Nominating Committee prepared a profile to "sell" the diocese to potential leaders and met with numerous parishioners to discern and describe
the desired qualities sought in the next bishop. In mid-January, 13 candidates travelled to the Diocese of Washington for two and a half days to take part in a retreat with the 18-member Search Committee. "The intent was to make sure this was as inclusionary a process as possible," said committee chairman Gerry Perez. "That way, everybody got to meet them. There was no filtered information." The decision to bring the candidates to Washington also was cost-effective, he said, explaining that in some dioceses teams of two or three people are sent to meet the candidates where they live and then report back to the Search Committee.
During their visit, the candidates were able to enjoy some social time with committee members and some focused time in small groups, where they were asked to discuss a series of questions on leadership, spirituality, theology and vision. "Everybody on the committee was able to have one or two encounters on one of those subjects with every candidate," Perez said.
Prayer was an important component of the gathering, and the Rev. Nathan Humphrey was chosen to serve as chapel coordinator. "It was decided that the full complement of Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, Eucharist and Compline would frame our formal conversations and informal social time," Humphrey wrote in a report see FINAL SLATE, page 5
inTHEwindow FEEDING THE HUNGRY: Page 3 Hunger Fund supports local food banks, pantries, programs
ELECTING A BISHOP: Page 5
A BISHOP’S ROLE: Page 10
LET’S GET COOKING: Page 13
Historiographer recounts elections past
Martin Smith reflects on the episcopacy
Diocesan cookbook will help the hungry
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Address to the 116th Diocesan Convention Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the Bishop's last address to the Diocesan Convention on Jan. 29. The video and full text of this address is available at http://convention.edow.org. This morning I would like to share with you some closing thoughts and reflections as your bishop after having been blessed by God with the opportunity to serve one of the great dioceses in the Episcopal Church and in truth a diocese that has become important within the life of the larger Anglican Communion. Through our relationship with Washington National Cathedral and its Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation, it has become a visible witness of reconciliation and compassion throughout the world. I thank God for this diocese's witness to so many and for its mission claimed in the name of Jesus Christ. As a diocese we are blessed and sustained by the collective mission and ministry of our 89 congregations; our seven Spanish-speaking worshipping communities, our Nigerian Igbo worshipping community, and the promise in the very near future of a new Korean worshipping community that will be established in Rockville. Even with the great challenges caused by rapid shifts in demography, our historic African American congregations continue their work and outreach and are a treasured blessing to our diocese. They carry into the 21st century a deep history of mission and
ministry, magnified by such greats as the Rev. Alexander Crummell. Three African American bishops serving with jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church today have roots originally planted in the Diocese of Washington. And their leadership has given life and new vision to the dioceses of North Carolina, Michigan and Maryland. A long time ago when I was teaching an adult confirmation class and sharing how it is possible to experience the very face of God in our lives, one of the inquirers asked; "but John, how in the world can I ever hope to see the face of God in my life?" My answer was simple and direct and I hold to it even today; "God is seen and experienced by engaging and claiming the faces of diversity that are either present or absent in the pews of our churches. Not to experience the human diversity that God created by his ordering of the human community through the gifts of different languages, cultures, skin colors and customs…. is to be blind to the very face of God." Our diversity as a diocese is a great gift from God that we must continue to uplift, sustain and celebrate. Our 20 Episcopal Schools in the diocese, including our newest - the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, located in the 8th Ward of the District of Columbia - are regarded
Bishop John Bryson Chane
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Our diversity as a diocese is a great gift from God that we must continue to uplift, sustain and celebrate.
by the Episcopal Church and the National Association of Episcopal Schools as significant gifts that drive the overall mission of educational engagement and excellence that have always defined our denomination and this diocese. I give thanks to God for the ministry of our Episcopal chaplains, our school heads, boards of trustees, vestries, teachers and administrators who serve and support these very important mission centers of the diocese. As I continue to reflect on the almost nine years of ministry shared with you as the eighth Bishop of Washington I will forever be indebted to you, the clergy; our priests and deacons of the diocese for your leadership and compassionate care of the people and worshipping communities you have been called to serve. You are faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have been colleagues in the journey we have shared as a diocese. May God contin-
ue to bless each and every one of you for your pastoral care and support of those you serve, and for living well into the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have always said to my brother and sister bishops in the House of Bishops that the clergy of the Diocese of Washington are the brightest and best in the Episcopal Church. God has truly blessed me with the honor of serving you, your congregations, worshipping communities and schools. I thank God and each of you for the honor you have bestowed upon me to serve as your bishop. As I reflect on the leadership of this diocese none of the accomplishments of our parishes in the broad field of ministry could have been undertaken without the great generosity of the laity. It is the unlimited generosity of sharing your baptismal gifts and in living well into your confirmation vows as congregational and diocesan see BISHOP, page 8
BISHOP’S visitations&engagements March 5: New deacon postulants retreat St. Paul's, K Street March 6: Sunday visitation: St. James', Indian Head March 8: Diocesan Council, 6 p.m. March 9: Ash Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral; Noon service - presider and homilist March 12: attending the Samaritan Ministry Gala March 13: Sunday visitation: St. Luke's, Brighton March 13: Absalom Jones service at St. Phillip's, D.C. March 15: Daughters of the King Evensong at Washington National Cathedral (5:30 p.m.) March 16: Holy Trinity School board of trustees meeting March 19: Region 6 Clericus meeting at St. Paul's, Waldorf March 20: Sunday visitation at Christ, Accokeek; Attending a service with All Saints' Igbo language congregation March 25-31: Spring House of
Bishops meeting in Hendersonville, N.C. April 1-15: Vacation April 17: Palm Sunday visit to St. Peter's, Poolesville April 18: Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation board of trustees meeting April 20: Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington: 2011 Distinguished Service Award April 21: Maundy Thursday clergy renewal of vows service at Washington National Cathedral (noon) April 22: Good Friday liturgy at Washington National Cathedral (noon to 3 p.m.) April 24: Easter Sunday at Washington National Cathedral; 8 a.m. preaching; 11 a.m. presiding April 25: Jerusalem Partnership Committee April 27: Washington Episcopal School service of thanksgiving in honor of Stu Work's tenure as head of school
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Hunger Fund seeks help to meet demand Committee makes grants to feeding programs in every part of the diocese By Lucy Chumbley
On the second Thursday of every odd month a dedicated group from across the diocese meets to give away as much money as it can. Since it was formed in the mid 1970s, the diocesan Hunger Fund has given away more than $1 million in grant money to local food pantries, food banks and feeding programs with the stipulation that the funds provided be used strictly for food. That's a lot of groceries. "It has to be either food or disposable cutlery," said committee chair Lee Mericle. "It only goes for those things and we're pretty scrupulous about that." In 2010, the Hunger Fund gave out $51,500 to 12 area programs. Many are volunteer-run; some are operated by churches in the diocese and others are supported by them. "We minister to the hungry in this area and the organizations that feed them," said committee member Susan Nolan. "The money goes where the need is." "We review every request we've gotten, see how much money we have and give away as much as we can," Mericle said. "We go through the requests, take a look at them and talk about them. Then we vote on it." The average grant is $3,000 to $5,000, and organizations are required to account for how they've spent the money. But during this recession the Hunger Fund has been struggling to keep up with the number of requests for help. "The economic downturn is when we really started having trouble fulfilling the requests," Mericle said. "When the economy tanked, the requests went up and were more urgent. We went through a period where we were getting requests and we could hardly fulfill any of them.
IN BRIEF Diocese holds its 116th annual convention At its 116th annual convention on Jan. 28-29, the Diocese of Washington approved a $3.757 million budget for 2011, reducing its spending for the fourth consecutive year. Bishop John Bryson Chane urged
We were having meetings where we could only give out $1,000 for a $5,000 request." Though things have improved a bit, "we haven't gotten requests from some groups for a few years now," she said. "They quit asking. I'd love to get them back. But I can't call them unless the funds are there." "I have no doubt we could give away all the money we brought in," she added. "We're not in the business of having money sitting in the bank. That's not what we're for." The Hunger Fund is supported by donations from churches and individuals in the diocese and also with proceeds from two sponsored Hunger Walks it organizes each fall in College Park and Indian Head. A diocesan cookbook will be published later this year, with proceeds going to the Hunger Fund (see What's Cooking? on page 13). Some congregations, like St. Stephen and the Incarnation, use dedicated collection envelopes for their contributions, while others designate a special monthly collection (Christ, Rockville gives the offering from its popular Jazz Vespers service). And donations are always accepted online, at edow.org/hungerfund. "The original idea was a buck a month," Mericle said. "The idea of a buck a month is that most people can afford $1 a month extra. Most people put a dollar of change on their dresser each night. If everybody in the diocese gave a buck a month, we could do so much… We could show the world and show ourselves that the Diocese of Washington cares about people in the diocese who do not have enough food." At this point, she said, "our income is a little over a buck a year." In 2010, 23 churches contributed to the Hunger Fund. "It would be nice if it was 87, but we're working on that!" the diocese to "claim its diversity" during his last address to the convention, and keynote speaker Robert Johansen offered a "forecast for the future," calling on those present to learn from the young and "engage with discerning questions - that's what you can bring to the future." The convention elected officers to serve the diocese in various leadership roles and passed resolutions on Membership in the Convention for Certain Clergy of Churches in Full Communion, and on Peacemaking in
Making a difference
A volunteer prepares food at Charlie’s Place, a ministry of St. Margaret’s, D.C.
Loaves and Fishes, from grant accounting received in March, 2010: “The anecdote we offer in this report concerns not our guests but our hardy volunteers. During the prodigious January snows that struck Washington, D.C., earlier this year, it was evident that both driving and public transportation were out of the question for our volunteers. Enough experienced volunteers who live within a mile or two of the church were recruited to fill in. They mushed through the snow on foot and full meals were served every scheduled day. Hungry guests only slightly reduced in number figured out how to get through the snow as well.”
Joe's Place (Christ Church, Durham), from July, 2010: “I don't know what life would have been for Mom and me this past year if we didn't have Joe's Place where we could get food that is needed and given with love and charity of heart. God bless you Joe and your granddaughter, Kim, and a special thanks to Durham church.”
St. Michael's and All Angels Community Dinner Program, March 2010: “Our receipt of the Hunger Fund grant has had a tremendous and positive impact on our congregation as well as the surrounding community. April 2010 will mark the 5th year of the operation of our dinner and distribution program and the award in 2009 was our first time receiving a Hunger Fund grant. As a result of the grant, the program has expanded. Currently, in addition to serving dinner once a month food is distributed three times a month (on the third Saturday as well as the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Receipt of the Hunger Fund grant and expansion of the program has also prompted us to seek and receive funding from additional sources. In fact, St. Michael's was awarded an Abe's Table grant on August 31, 2009 and more recently a CAFB grant in the form of food credit in April/May 2010.”
We Are Family Senior Outreach Ministries, March 2009: “Due to their mobility issues, seniors and disabled folks can be an almost invisible population suffering from hunger or food insecurity. With the resources from the Episcopal Hunger Fund grant, We Are Family was able to establish a unique partnership with Thelma Warfield, a senior leader in the Columbia Heights area. Although largely confined to a wheelchair, Ms. Warfield was able to utilize her detailed knowledge of her neighbors' needs to make sure that no one was going without appropriate, nutritious food. With the help of student volunteers recruited by We Are Family, Ms. Warfield was able to provide the essential link between our food resources and dozens of at-risk seniors in her immediate community, targeting those in greatest need. For example, Ms. Warfield was able to connect us to Elsie Nelson, a bed-bound senior who is unable to go to the store for herself, and who needs regular grocery delivery.”
the Holy Land. All materials from the convention, including the video and slideshow of Johansen's presentation, video of Bishop Chane's Friday night sermon and Saturday address, the full text of the resolutions and all election results, can be found on the convention web site, http://convention.edow.org/.
St. John’s School names Stevens head of school St. John's Episcopal School, Olney, announced the appointment of
Thomas R. Stevens as the next Head of School on Dec. 16 after an extensive national search. Stevens will begin his new job on July 1. Stevens He comes to St. John's from Rocky Mount Academy in Rocky Mount, N.C.
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All Souls Memorial Church 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 202/232-4244 www.allsoulsdc.org Established 1911; 450 members The Rev. John Beddingfield, Rector
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ody of Christ aims to introduce readers to different parishes in the church family of the Diocese of Washington. This month, the Rev. John Beddingfield, rector of All Souls, D.C., Nancye Suggs, senior warden, and Susan Morrison, vestry member, speak about the life, history, plans and character of their congregation. WW: All Souls is celebrating its centennial this year. What celebrations do you have planned? BEDDINGFIELD: We're really using the whole year to celebrate. After some events this summer, on Oct. 8 we're having an open house/picnic in our parking lot. On Oct. 9, we'll begin the official celebration with a special service and, on Oct. 16, Bishop Chane will be with us for the 11 a.m. service, followed by a solemn evensong. Also in our plans is a big dinner where we'll dress in the style of the early 1900s. And there's our stained glass. Our windows are really exquisite, so we're going to make a keepsake portfolio with prints of our beautiful windows. The planning process for all this has been great fun and very instructive, because in looking at ways to reach out to others to join in our celebration, we have been asking questions such as how do we talk about ourselves and what would we like to say to our neighbors and to the diocese and to the larger church. Our founding rector, James McBride Sterrett, had a wonderful way of expressing our mission: "Neither a high church nor a low church, neither a broad church nor a narrow church, but a church for all souls." And most of us feel that we
are moving into his vision, especially today when we have such diversity in our membership. WW: All Souls has been through difficult times, hasn't it? There was a time when the diocese thought you might have to close. MORRISON: When I came here, there were more people in the choir than in the pews. Sometimes there would be seven people attending a service. WW: How did you change that? SUGGS: We had a core group of people who believed that we had something here that was important and that we were going to do whatever needed to be done to get other people to come see what that something was. And I've always felt that the fact that we've prevailed was a really tangible work of the Holy Spirit, that we were never meant to close. Closing would have interfered with our mission, and once we regrouped and figured that all out, then we were able to turn everything around. BEDDINGFIELD: On Sunday mornings, both our breakfast and our coffee hour are very welcoming. People find us, even though we're kind of hidden in plain sight, just off Connecticut Ave. This is that sort of place, where people walk in and think, "I may not know what I believe, but this place feels like a place where I can pray and get centered." We are an unusually eclectic place. WW: It sounds as if you have a strong sense of community. SUGGS: And that sense of community is a genuine thing. I've been here 35 years and I'm proud of the fact
that we really do live into our declared mission. The people Sterrett was talking about welcoming into a church for all souls in 1911 aren't the kind of people we welcome today, but our mission remains the same. BEDDINGFIELD: All Souls had a gay rector at the time of the consecration of Gene Robinson in 2003. The Washington Post did an article on how our parish had dealt with that issue on a local level and a significant number of our current parishioners are people who read that article and thought, "That sounds like a church where I want to go." WW: How does your mission translate today into outreach and programming? BEDDINGFIELD: People do ministry very quietly here. While a number of parishioners are involved in hands-on ministries such as Christ House, Habitat for Humanity, and other direct service programs, many do 'mission' 9 to 5 every day of the week. They work for non-profits, they work in the labor movement, in think-tanks, and in the government, trying to change the world. Their ministry is full-time. It's no mistake that the word 'sanctuary' is in our mission statement, because so many people who come to All Souls do so looking for sanctuary, for a place to be quiet and pray, to rejuvenate and then go back into the world and continue their good works. That being said, we've encouraged involvement in both ongoing and new ministries. In addition to a mission trip to South Africa, last night the vestry approved mission grants from our endowment of $92,000, divided between local
and international missions. WW: What about ministry to the surrounding neighborhood? BEDDINGFIELD: We welcome groups to meet here, we provide free space to the Farmer's Market, and other things. One of our goals this year is to become handicapped accessible. We do want to become better in tune with the neighborhood. We're beginning to do more with the elderly in our neighborhood and with students and congressional interns, so many of whom live in residence halls along Connecticut Ave. WW: It sounds as if you're a parish that's not searching so much as expanding what you already know about yourselves. BEDDINGFIELD: I want us to grow but I want us to grow in depth and in love and in faithfulness. In the next few years, we'll probably add a worship service on Saturday or Sunday evenings. We might have something a little more contemplative and chant-based. We're very much a eucharistically centered place. Especially since All Souls was reborn in the 1980s it was very much reborn around the table, the table of the church and the table downstairs. There's no separation. People at All Souls live an Anglo-catholic faith without being focused on the language so much as being focused on the depth of the Eucharist, the life of prayer, spiritual practices. People want an embodied ministry and that's what we're all trying to live into at All Souls.
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Who says it’s easy to elect a bishop? By Susan L. Stonesifer
t the first convention of the newly-created Diocese of Washington in December 1895, there were seven candidates, nominated from the floor, on the first ballot. On the first day, the combination of high and low church, local and out-of-town nominees caused the balloting, which was clergy only, to go until midnight. After one dropped out, Alexander Mackay-Smith telegraphed the Rev. Henry Yates Satterlee, rector of Calvary Church, New York to see if he would agree to
The Diocese of Washington’s historiographer looks back at some previous bishop elections have his name submitted. As a total outsider and compromise candidate, he was elected on the 10th ballot. After expressing surprise to a New York reporter at his election and reluctance to leave his successful work at Calvary, Satterlee was besieged with letters and telegrams asking him to come. Like many of us, he made a list of pros and cons and ultimately decided to become the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. After Bishop Satterlee's death in
February 1908, the next election began on May 6. Lay delegates could vote and a simple majority of lay and clerical votes were needed to win. The 13 candidates, all nominated from the floor, were quickly winnowed down and Bishop Charles Henry Brent, missionary Bishop in the Philippines, was elected on the second ballot. However, a month later Bishop Brent cabled the president of convention to decline his election. The convention met again in June and a list of seven
see HISTORIC ELECTIONS, page 9
FINAL SLATE, from page 1 on the shape of the retreat liturgies. "In addition to the chapel, a quiet room was set aside with icons, a Bible and spiritual classics. Kneelers, floor pillows, rosaries and Anglican prayer beads were also provided. … It was very much intended that the quiet room and chapel would together provide a quiet, regular 'heartbeat' of corporate and individual prayer throughout the retreat." Liturgies were led by committee members, "with lay people officiating at the offices and ordained members only stepping in when functions were reserved to the clergy or extra help was needed," Humphrey wrote, noting that the Friday Compline was held in Spanish. "Candidates were intentionally not put on the spot to lead anything, as the chapel was intended to be a spiritual refuge from the pressure to 'perform.' The only liturgical role the candidates were pressed into was that of sharing the intercessory biddings at the two celebrations of the Eucharist." A guest speaker, John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, was invited to describe "the dynamics and politics" of life in the metropolitan Washington area. And as the final piece of the gathering, the candidates were asked to present a "self-revealing piece" - a sermon, reflection or some personal insight they had gained. "We really did get a good sense of their personalities, how they interacted with others," Perez said. "Now we're talking about which candidates resonated the best with us." At press time, the committee had winnowed its list to eight candidates as a result of the January retreat. Reference and background checks are now under way, and the committee expects to eliminate up to four more candidates during this process. "We continue to meet to discuss this
nominees was presented, with Brent still among them. Brent won again, highlighting his overwhelming popularity among the delegates. He again declined. At an October session of convention the high and low church factions reappeared. The two leading candidates of those factions wrangled at the top of the voting until one withdrew his name. On the seventh ballot a compromise candidate, Alexander Mann, rector of Trinity Church, Boston emerged victorious. However, he declined the honor, publicly citing his extraordinary opportu-
on a weekly basis," Perez said, adding that he is pleased with the way the search process has unfolded so far. "I think the group has worked very hard, very faithfully. There's a tremendous build up of trust through the group, and I think we're ahead of schedule in terms of coming to a good slate." The eight candidates currently under consideration "have a host of diverse talents and skills," he added. "Any one would be a good choice." "I am amazed at how 18 people from all sorts of backgrounds and from all sorts of churches have come together and worked together so well," wrote committee member Anne-Marie Jeffery. "I love how honest and direct we can be with each other. I don't think anyone is shy about putting forward their opinion and that is a gift." The retreat's format was so well received that other dioceses, including the Diocese of Nebraska, are choosing to use it as a model, Perez said. "I feel that we have created a great model of procedure for any search committee, and a stellar model of interviewing in the weekend retreat," wrote committee member Erika Gilmore. "The process invited all participants to enter with a sense of openness and grace that lead to a very spiritual and revealing exercise," wrote committee member Cecily Thorne. "Where this formula succeeded was in creating an atmosphere where all participants had the chance to get to know each other at a very human level." In late May, members of the diocese will have an opportunity to meet the nominees in person during a series of "walkabouts" (see sidebar). The ninth Bishop of Washington will be elected at a special convention on June 18.
What is the purpose of the walkabouts? The Search/Nominating and Transition Committees strive to host walkabouts that are true gathering times of prayerful and thoughtful discernment and not forums where candidates are expected to parade, posture and win votes through humor, charm and other personal attributes. These four events are opportunities for members of the diocese to meet the candidates who have been selected to stand for election as the Ninth Bishop of Washington and their spouses/partners, and to get to know them better as priests, pastors, persons and companions in ministry. As a diocese, we offer hospitality to those who believe God is calling them to serve among us as our chief pastor and spiritual leader. We are called to treat them with respect and dignity and embrace who they are and the gifts they have to offer, to put aside pre-conceived notions and agendas and truly listen to them, being open to the movement of the Spirit in our midst. We hope these gatherings will be positive, helpful and informative for those voting in the June 18 election as they strive to make wise and discerning decisions. May 22: Candidates and their spouses/partners arrive May 23: Walkabout at St. Mary's, Foggy Bottom - 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 24: Walkabout at Washington Episcopal School - 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 25: Walkabout at Ascension, Gaithersburg - 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 26: Walkabout at Christ Church, Chaptico - 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 27: Private closing Eucharist for candidates with chaplain
From 6:30-7 p.m. people will gather and greet the candidates informally. Formal introductions will begin at 7 p.m. In a plenary session, each candidate will be asked to give a brief introduction. Candidates will then rotate into breakout rooms where they will be given the opportunity to answer three pre-planned questions. A final fourth question may be an open question of interest to those attending. The Search Nominating/Transition Committees are committed to ensuring that ALL in the diocese have an opportunity to attend or view a walkabout. Therefore, the gathering at Washington Episcopal School will be videotaped and will be made available online at edow.org for those unable to attend for any reason. The committees also are dedicated to ensuring that at least one walkabout will be bilingual and that interpretation will be available for the hearing impaired. Locations where translation and signing will be available will be determined and advertised well in advance. The candidates and their spouses/partners will be given opportunities during this week to tour the Diocese of Washington and meet with various groups. These include the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, the Standing Committee, the Cathedral Foundation and the clergy of the diocese. There also will be a meet and greet at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community for diocesan seniors; and a tour of historic St. Mary's City. Some parishes have graciously offered to host lunches and dinners for candidates as they travel through the diocese. -- The Bishop Search/Nominating and Transition Committees
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leaders that has made all the difference in sustaining the ministries of your parishes and the diocese. Without you, we would not be able to function as a diocese. The thousands of hours you spend serving on altar guilds, vestries, outreach, finance and buildings and grounds committees, teaching church school and adult education programs, leading stewardship and capital campaign drives, and caring for the very young in our nurseries are the "pearls of great price" that Jesus refers to in the Gospel of Matthew. Without the constant involvement of the laity who serve on the commissions, committees and task forces of the diocese collectively, we would not be able to function. To the lay members of the diocese I say thank you for sharing your myriad of gifts with our parishes and for caring enough to share your gifts as leaders within our diocesan governance structures. There has been renewed interest and much conversation about mission since the Episcopal Church gathered in Anaheim, Calif., at its last General Convention two years ago. Mission is a word and concept that continues to be discussed by the Diocesan Council and in every parish I have ever visited within the diocese. In fact the conver-
sation about mission, what it means and how it is lived out has been a part of the Christian church since the time of Christ. Localizing it, nationalizing and globalizing it gives the word a prism-like quality that changes with the various levels of light and verity that pass through it - or - by the darkness that cannot penetrate it. Mission cannot be defined simply by the church's outreach in the community, by mission trips to regions beyond our borders or by budgets that disperse money to support worthy projects and programs. Mission is a complex concept and yet, when we engage in its various contexts, we know it when we see and experience it. Recently an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Dwight Zscheile, wrote the following statement about mission: "It is not the church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission that has a church in the world." The question that I pose to us today as we move forward in the process of electing the ninth Bishop of Washington in June is: "Are we that church?" Photo by Leta Dunham
Bishop John Bryson Chane delivers his annual address to the Diocesan Convention on Jan. 29.
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called at the end of July - not for endless ballots, but to consider the process of electing a bishop. The first Nominating Committee had members from all parts of the diocese, as well as two women. Chaired by Owen Roberts, associate justice of the Supreme Court, the committee took names in writing and on the floor. The candidates were narrowed down from 52 to four nominees, none from the diocese. In November at a special convention three local candidates were nominated from the floor, but Angus Dun, dean of the Episcopal Theological School, in Cambridge, Mass., won on the third ballot. The planning and leadership of the Nominating Committee saved time and resources. For the first time a Bishop Coadjutor was going to be elected rather than allow a vacancy in the bishopric by death. In November of 1958, after a request by Bishop Dun six months earlier, a special election was held. The month before the Nominating Committee had presented a report listing a slate of four candidates, reduced from the 35 names presented from three public meetings. John Coburn, dean of Episcopal Theological School, in Cambridge, Mass., asked that his name be withdrawn from nomination. Since the Nominating Committee didn't feel it had the charge to create a new report, it was decided that his withdrawal letter would be read at the convention instead of a nominating speech. However on the third ballot Coburn was elected and he declined the election two weeks later. In January 1959 the convention reconvened with the
three remaining candidates and three other candidates from the floor. Over four ballots William Creighton of St. John's, Norwood, kept a thin lead from a candidate outside of the diocese. After several of the local candidates had withdrawn, Creighton, who had been a close second to Coburn in November, won. He became Diocesan Bishop in November 1962. When Bishop Creighton decided to call for a coadjutor in 1976 the Nominating Committee was charged to produce a slate of five to 10 names. For the first time, the committee used consultants in the process and gathered information from other dioceses that had recently elected bishops. In order to elicit feedback from members of the diocese about what qualities were need in their bishop, mass mailings were used to gather and share that information. After a screening process for the 34 submitted names, five were on the ballot, of whom two were local. At the election in June there were no nominations from the floor and Suffragan Bishop John T. Walker was elected in minutes on the first ballot. After Bishop Walker's sudden death in 1989, the Standing Committee of the diocese appointed 10 clergy and 10 laity to the Nominating Committee, equally divided between men and women. The search for candidates followed the formula of sorting through credentials of nominees, bringing a select number to Washington for interviews and then announcing candidates. The ballot had six which included two local clergy. There were informal meetings for the public to meet with the candi-
dates, a brochure was published with biographies and a videocassette of the candidates talking about themselves was made available to be shown by parishes. The special convention was held at Epiphany, D.C., on June 30, 1990 and Bishop Haines was elected on the second ballot. Ten years later, in December 2000, Bishop Haines retired. At the January 2001 convention, 23 people were elected for eligibility to serve on either a Search Committee or Transition Committee. Membership was from around the diocese and brought a range of experience in diocesan ministries. Electronic media played a large part in this process. A profile of the diocese was created and sent to all clergy, wardens and lay delegates. It was also available on the Internet. E-mail was vital in communications. One hundred and thirtytwo names had been submitted for consideration or found via CDO computer match. A questionnaire and profile was sent to these, with 46 individuals expressing interest. Twenty were interviewed by phone and a group of six names were submitted to the diocese. None were local or nominated by petition. An extra day was added to the beginning of the Diocesan Convention in January 2002 and John Bryson Chane was elected as eighth Bishop of Washington on the second ballot. Susan L. Stonesifer is the Diocese of Washington's historiographer. Sources include "Electing the Bishops of Washington 1895-1990: the Evolution of a Process," by Richard Hewlett.
HISTORIC ELECTIONS, from pg 5 nities in Boston, although newspapers rumored that he was disturbed by the internal dissention in churchmanship in Washington, that his salary couldn't be matched, and the challenge of fund raising to build the Cathedral. In November the convention reassembled with a ballot of names from the previous elections. On the fourth ballot, Alfred Harding, rector of St. Paul's, Washington, was elected. A dedicated parish priest, he was highly respected throughout the diocese. This rough and tumble process required four sessions and 18 ballots over six months. One month after Bishop Harding's death in April 1923, the Diocesan Convention met on May 31 to again work on the election of a bishop. This time the arguing point was whether to elect a local clergyman or a prominent outsider. There was again no preliminary procedure to identify or even sort through candidates before the casting of ballots. Eight were nominated, but voting came down to three: one from New York City and two from Washington. James Freeman, rector of Epiphany, Washington finally won after 17 ballots over two days. The outsider, and a favorite among the clergy, was dropped after growing hostility from his having preached in a Unitarian church in New York and that he had gone to Italy for his health at the time of the convention. Twenty years later a new era in diocesan elections dawned. After Freeman's death in June of 1943, a special session of Convention was
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Reflections on the role of a bishop BEARINGS: Taking my usual walk around the Tidal Basin yesterday, I was pondering our upcoming episcopal election. A wry quotation from Claire Booth Martin L. Smith Luce popped into my head: "Anyone who is not confused today cannot be thinking straight." Understanding what a bishop is meant to be and do has become complicated. So many expectations are now heaped on the role: What person could possibly fulfill the wish list of ideal skills in our "profiles?" I can't help shaking my head over it all. I have had the experience of being a chaplain to the House of Bishops though turbulent years. I have been a chaplain to a Lambeth Conference, and the spiritual director and confidant of quite a few bishops. I know the harm done by the cruel unrealism of our current projections onto the office of bishop. The path round the Tidal Basinalongside the Jefferson Memorial, through the Roosevelt Memorial and now past the glorious new monument to Martin Luther King Jr. -is quite an intense place for reflecting about leadership! And there are two images that helped me focus on the core vocation of bishop. There is the bronze statue
of FDR sitting down in his wheelchair, and now there is the grand stone image emerging of Martin Luther King standing tall. Sitting and standing represent two fundamental aspects of the episcopal vocation. A core symbol for the bishop's office is the chair. Traditional language of a see, of having a cathedra, or official seat, comes from the ancient practice of sitting down to teach. Teachers help us find meaning, and no one should offer themselves to be a bishop who doesn't want to serve by helping us concentrate on the fundamental issues of what life means in the light of the gospel. God help us if we prevent that ministry by turning bishops into tortured managers. As well as symbolizing the call to articulate the gospel's meaning with us, the chair resonates with other pastoral needs in today's world. When all seems constantly in flux, when technology is racing and the ground is heaving under feet, we need leaders who will sit down with us, to center us, to stabilize, above all to help us focus. The bishops who have inspired me all have been good at sitting down. They put roots down quickly. They are willing to sit round the table and roll up their sleeves. They have a knack of leveling with us and getting to the point. As pastors they have known how to minister simply by sitting with people. The complementary symbol for the bishop's office is the vantage point. Episkopos simply means supervisor or overseer. It implies the vantage points
enabling a leader to see the big picture, to take in the larger context, to relate what is happening in a particular spot to movements in the main organization and society at large. Larger vision is intrinsic to the bishop's office, and the willingness to stand up for the imperatives of the big picture of God's world in its predicament, and God's promise of the Kingdom. The new King monument is a thrilling artistic expression of the ministry of standing out and standing up for the demands and hopes of God's bigger picture! No one should be a bishop whose nature is to be immersed in the local scene alone. God calls for the practice of standing up to see ahead and around and even afar, and the willingness to pay the price of reminding us of our larger connectedness: it always arouses resentment. My walk brought me back past the Holocaust Museum, and I glanced up at my old office there, and thought about a letter Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, wrote to the church in Ephesus, en route under armed guard to his inevitable martyrdom in Rome. Advising the laity about their relation-
Sitting and standing represent two fundamental aspects of the episcopal vocation.
By Jay Treadwell
15 CANDLES Wearing a special pink dress, Lisseth Mora Urbina celebrates her Quinceañera at St. Alban’s, D.C., on Jan. 30. The celebration, a Latin American ceremony that marks the passage from childhood to womanhood, was the first of its kind at St. Alban’s, which has offered a Spanish language service each Sunday since October 2009. The new congregation is led by the diocese’s canon for Latino Ministries, the Rev. Simón Bautista.
ship to their own bishop, he wrote, "Pay special attention to the bishop when he is silent." Here was a leader who kept the mystical core of his faith intact, who continued to be in awe of the profound mystery of God, and the way the crucified Christ brings us, through his vulnerability, into personal intimacy with that mystery. There's nothing sentimental about that intimacy, and holy silence is our protection against glib religiosity. A visit to the Holocaust Museum induces the kind of silence Ignatius wanted to see a bishop practice. Well, we can kill our bishops by smothering them under our projections, so my hope is that candidates will come forward who won't let us, because they maintain in prayer their own intimate connection with the mystery of God. Bishops who pray don't pretend to have answers to everything, and they can foster our humility, which in the Episcopal Church today should be a high priority. We have good but hard times ahead. Martin L. Smith is a well-known spiritual writer and priest. He is the senior associate rector at St. Columba's, D.C.
Thank you God for allowing me to Borrow your lovely day Borrow your cold wind at my back Borrow your cold wind in my face Borrow your dappled sun through sticks of trees Borrow your fallen leaves wrestling with earth
Borrow your tall grasses shimmering in marsh Borrow your natural path winding through woods Borrow your brownness of flowers faded Borrow your shells on the beach Borrow your snow geese aloft Borrow full lungs as I run Borrow my good health for today Not to be overdrawn with your gifts.
Diocese of Honduras Seeking English Speaking Teachers Honduras is the home of seven Episcopal bilingual schools and the Rev. Andrea Baker, Superintendent of the schools, is seeking English speaking teachers to serve for 1-2 years. The schools welcome applications from retired teachers, recent college graduates, and others interested in teaching abroad.The school year runs from mid-August to mid-June. Each school provides housing and a modest monthly stipend for teachers. If you are interested in exploring this ministry, please contact: The Rev. Andrea Baker at email@example.com
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A SAINT FOR MARCH
merican historian Christopher Lasch wrote that when critics accused Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights movement of being "petit bourgeois," many of King's followers responded, in essence, "Yes, and what's your point?" The term petit bourgeois covers a multitude of sins and virtues. Among them is surely the desire to "do for myself," or "do for ourselves". King's movement necessarily addressed larger issues of law and policy, but mostly in the service of opening opportunities for individuals, families and communities to "do for themselves": address their own issues, provide for their own needs. Recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond reflect this petit bourgeois aspect of the U.S. civil rights movement. The young man whose self-immolation catalyzed the Tunisian uprising was just trying to start a small business, so he could care for himself and his family. Government enforcers made it so difficult to do so that he found his life unbearable. Many of the Egyptian protestors were young people who just wanted to live hon-
orable, decent lives; the regime that governed them made this modest goal ridiculously hard to achieve. All of this might put us in mind of that avowedly petitbourgeois apostle, Paul. In the third chapter of his second letter to the Thessalonians, he writes: "…we (Paul and his fellow-apostles) were not idle when we were with you, we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you." He adds, here and in his second letter to the Corinthians, that we should not only work hard to avoid burdening others, but also so that we'll have something with which help those in need when the occasion arises. Some great movements have very modest goals. Paul's mission, King's movement, the Tunisian and Egyptian insurgencies: each embraced revolutionary change, but eschewed grandiosity. For this reason, perhaps, they reach across the centuries, or half-way across the world, to touch and inspire us. The Rev. John Graham is rector of Grace, Georgetown.
David of Wales Commemoration: March 1 Time and place: Born in Menevia, Wales, in the 4th century; died c. 601 at Mynyw, Wales; interred in St. David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire Representation: Leek (also the symbol of Wales). Often portrayed as a bishop with a dove on his shoulder.
Story in brief: Little is known about David of Wales, the only Welsh saint to be canonized in the Western Church, but his mythology abounds. Born to Nonna, commemorated as a holy woman in the Middle Ages, David founded a monastic community in Menevia modeled on that of the Desert Fathers of Upper Egypt. The monks worked hard and subsisted on a diet of vegetables, bread, milk and water. David was known as a great abbot and became head of a national school of learning. The earliest record of David's life dates from about 1090 and he is mentioned in the eighth century catalogue of the saints of Ireland and in the Martyrology of Tallaght, which records the date of his death as March 1. He is said to have made a number of missionary journeys and to have visited the Holy Land, where he was consecrated archbishop by the patriarch of Jerusalem. More than 50 preReformation churches in South Wales were dedicated to David and after Pope Callistus II approved his cult many made pilgrimages to his shrine, including William the Conqueror and Henry II. Welshmen still wear leeks or daffodils on his feast day. In his final words to his followers, David urged them to be joyful, keep their faith and creed and "do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about." Do the little things in life has become a popular Welsh saying.
COMUNIÓN Reflexionando a Mateo 5: 1012, del Sermón de la Montaña. El Sermón de la montaña es una pieza clave para entender la propuesta que nos hace Jesús Simón Bautista sobre el Reino de los Cielos. Una de las cosas impresionantes de su modo de hablar es que no se reserva nada. Jesús todo lo expone en posición clara y abierta, sin ambigüedad, como si no le importara la crítica o la pérdida de puntos de popularidad. A decir verdad, a Jesús no hay necesidad de leerlo entre líneas, como adivinando lo que quiere decir. Con él se pueden firmar convenios en primera lectura porque todo lo que dice se puede escribir en letras grandes. Con él no necesitamos auxiliarnos de una lupa para leer las letras pequeñas que muchas veces acompañan los contratos que nos presentan las corporaciones humanas que andan detrás de nuestro dinero y que pueden terminar causándonos mucho daño. La conclusión del sermón de la montaña es un buen ejemplo para ilustrar lo que acabamos de decir. Si bien es cierto que esta conclusión puede tornarse algo desconcertante para algunos de los que escucharon a Jesús aquel día, no es menos cierto que pone en alerta a sus seguidores de una gran verdad "que no todo es color de rosa, y que el camino al cielo no está amortiguado por una espesa
alfombra roja". Esta forma de concluir no es exactamente lo que los oídos de la multitud que seguía a Jesús estarían esperando escuchar, no después de un discurso inaugural lleno de promesas del cielo. Esto pudo haber hecho que mucha gente se sintiera incómoda. Y es natural, el ser humano tiene una tendencia al bienestar que muchas veces le dificulta hacer negociaciones pacíficas con cualquier forma de dolor y sufrimiento. Es que las palabras de Jesús no ocultan para nada que el compromiso con el Reino de Dios puede afectarnos hasta en lo que más atesoramos, la propia vida. Las últimas palabras del discurso de Jesús expresan verdades inexorables que se convierten en compañeras inseparables del evangelio bien vivido, propiamente anunciado y decididamente testimoniado; nos recuerdan que el Reino de los cielos no solo trae consigo palmaditas en la espalda, también nos puede traer calumnias, odio, amenazas, despidos, deportación, persecución, encarcelamiento y hasta la muerte. La cosa es que cuando se trabajan los detalles se esclarecen las expectativas. ¡Dichosos! ¡Bienaventurados! Son palabras que alegran nuestros corazones cuando las escuchamos especialmente si quien nos las dice es Jesús. Pero tienen su precio, hay que pagar por ellas. Eso es lo que sugiere el discurso de la montaña, sugiere que el Reino de los cielos está a la disponibilidad de nosotros pero tenemos que colaborar de alguna forma para llevarlo a su plenitud. Tal vez la pregunta es cómo participar de manera efectiva y creativa en un proyecto que lleva tantos siglos en desarrollo y que aún le falta para lle-
gar a su etapa final. Jesús nos ofrece algunas sugerencias en el discurso de la montaña: ser misericordiosos y compasivos, luchar por la paz y la justicia, ser humildes de corazón. Estas cosas, cuando las hacemos bien, nos dan la aprobación de Dios y la de los que le aman las cosas de Dios; también nos ganan el rechazo de los que se empeñan en obstaculizar el proyecto salvador de Dios. Cuando optamos por la buena noticia de Jesús contenida en los evangelios, nos exponemos a vivir bajo este doble efecto. Siempre que hacemos un reconocimiento de nuestra realidad inmediata y no tan inmediata, podemos encontrar decenas de oportunidades para poner en práctica las acciones que nos sugiere el Sermón de la Montaña. Podemos descubrir oportunidades para ejercer la misericordia y la compasión, así como terreno para trabajar por la justicia y la paz. Podemos buscar tan cerca como en nuestra propia comunidad, o tan lejos como África, Palestina o Haití. Podemos optar desde trabajar con los más necesitados de nuestra comunidad hasta envolvernos en la lucha por la reforma inmigratoria y el Dream Act. La cuestión es identificar qué queremos hacer y por quiénes queremos hacerlo. Una vez que hayamos hecho esas decisiones será más fácil ponerse en camino. Posiblemente eso es lo que hicieron personas como Martín Luther King, Nelson Mandela, el arzobispo Romero, el arzobispo Desmond Tutu, la madre Teresa de Calcuta, César Chávez y muchos otros. Ellos hicieron una opción, abrazaron su causa y vivieron con las consecuencias en su propio tiempo. Este es nuestro tiempo.
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WINDOW ON FILM By Beth Lambdin
127 Hours (Rated R) Aron Ralston (winningly portrayed by Oscar-nominated James Franco), an experienced 27-year-old canyoneer, struck out before dawn on April 26, 2003, to do what he loved: explore the remote back country of Utah. This fateful day, before leaving home, he fails to pick up his ringing phone, and misses a chance to connect with his mother and tell her where he is going. He stops at Blue John Canyon where the day dawns sunny and bright, and he soon crosses paths with two young, female hikers. Aron delights in showing them the hidden treasures studded among the stunning landscape. They splash in an underground pool before parting. Aron strikes out on his own; the solitude with the land feeds him. He jumps confidently rock to rock. Before descending a narrow passageway, he tests an 800-pound boulder to make sure it's stationary. It seems immovable, but the boulder tumbles after him pinning his right forearm against the canyon wall. Shocked but fascinated, resourceful but underprepared, Aron matter-of-factly instructs himself not to lose it. He's in deep trouble with little hope of rescue. He con-
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I Am Number Four (PG-13) This is an action sci-fi thriller, but it is also yet another teenager-withextraordinary-abilities love story. This time the lead, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), is not a vampire or werewolf, but a refugee from another planet whose inhabitants have sent him and eight other youngsters to Earth to evade death from the hands of the evil Mogadorians. After destroying their home planet and its inhabitants, the Mogadorians track the remaining children and their helpers to Earth. Now they are killing these children-in numerical order. Three very graphic executions are shown before we meet John. He is No. 4. John and his protector Henri (Timothy Olyphant) have had to move from place to place all his life to stay ahead of the menacing villains. They have not been able to stay in any place long. As an attractive
serves his meager supplies, and uses a dull knife to scrape away at the boulder, making little progress. As hours drag into days, that dull knife moves center stage. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) directs this fictionalized adaptation of Ralston's memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, with the same fierce, frenetic style that so effectively captured the vibrant energy of Mumbai, India in Slumdog, propelling it to an Oscar win. But, although this too was nominated for Best Picture, here that style jars. The film demands viewer vigilance as it cuts back and forth in time mixing reality (graphic reality) with delirious fantasy (or are they visions?). Some viewers will find the film lifeaffirming, but mostly I just felt sick, dreading the cut that would set him free.
Blue Valentine (Rated R) About halfway through this nearly two-hour film, I noticed flashes of light from my neighbors' cell phone texts. Not even a frank depiction of oral sex could hold their interest, although it generated plenty of prerelease fuss; the film originally slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating. The talented duo of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams (nominated for Best Actress), play a Scranton, Pa., couple whose marriage has hit the skids-hard. Through a creative and seamless use of time (but not conventional flashbacks), we also teenager it is hard for John to blend in at the local high school. As he matures his abilities and superpowers are hard to control and become evident to those around him. When his notoriety makes it necessary to make another move, John refuses. He has met the love of his life, Sarah (Dianna Agron), and he will not leave her. It is time for him to make a stand. When he is located by the Mogadorians, the equally gifted No. 6 (Teresa Palmer) comes to his aid. This is not a film for younger children. There is a great deal of fighting, stabbing, blasting and bigger-than-life villains who travel with huge, bigtoothed mad dog like creatures. They may also not find the tender moments of first love very interesting.
The Green Hornet (PG-13) This revival of the campy television series of the '60s keeps some of its old fashioned charm -the theme music, the car flipping garage, and the fast karate action - but the lead characters' roles are very different. Britt Reid's character (Seth Rogen) is a rather sour, spoiled, complaining young man who has lingering issues when his father dies. He inherits his news-
see them as a young couple in love. Gosling plays Dean as a sexy underachiever, a high school dropout working for a moving company. He's awed by Williams, who plays Cindy, a college student with dreams of being a doctor. Her home life stinks where her father is an abusive tyrant. Cindy's chief emotional outlet is loving a grandmother who doesn't yell. That is, until Dean arrives and persistently woos her. On an early date, he sings (goofily) and she dances (also goofily); it's charming. At that moment, the film is rich with possibility. But, along with that of my texting neighbors, my interest soon faded, even with the news of Cindy's unplanned pregnancy. While Dean is a devoted father, he still drinks too much, and his aimless personality doesn't change. Doctor dreams deferred, Cindy is a now a capable nurse, but she's hardened her heart to Dean. Their last-ditch efforts to rekindle romance are pathetic, but not heartbreaking. In the post-filmladies-room-line critique, several women said, "I kept thinking it would get better." Me too; it didn't.
No Strings Attached (Rated R) Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star as Adam and Emma in this predictable, raunchy romance from director Ivan Reitman that poses the question: Can a relationship of just see WINDOW ON FILM, page 14 paper business, the L.A. Daily Sentinel. His only "friend," Kato (Jay Chou), has a much larger part in the movie than he did in the series, and this is accentuated by Britt/The Green Hornet as he continually argues with him over what his role should really be-butler, chauffeur, mechanic, protector or friend. Secretary Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) adds some lovely spice to the two men's interactions with each other, but it is Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) who really sets the plot rolling. Britt's new "career" of masked superhero heats up when he has a faceoff with this mega-menace. There is a great deal of fighting (karate and otherwise), guns, chasing, crashing and dashing so younger viewers may miss most of the humor. Comic book enthusiasts and people who remember the television series will be glad to see their "old friends" back. Even Black Beauty, the 1966 Imperial Crown sedan, is exactly the same - shined up and on the screen once again!
The Rite (PG-13) This dramatic horror film was see FAMILY FILMS, page 14
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WHATâ€™S COOKING? Diocesan Cookbook! We challenge you to make a difference in these lean times and support the diocesan Hunger Fund by contributing a recipe, volunteering to test recipes or contributing funds to help offset the cost of production of a cookbook. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit the Hunger Fund, (see story on page 3) which makes grants to numerous area feeding programs in the District of Columbia and the Maryland counties of Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles and St. Mary's. All grant money is used to purchase food or serving utensils. You can contribute your favorite and special recipes by filling out an online form at edow.org/cookbook, or you are welcome to send them to "Cookbook" at Episcopal Church House, Mount St. Alban, Washington, D.C., 20016. We hope to have as many parishes as possible represented in the cookbook, and also as many cuisines! Extra credit for recipes with an interesting story!
Our cartoon is drawn by Bob Erskine.
Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up FAMILY MATTERS: Entrepreneurs practice the art of turning ideas into a marketable product or service, then assuming the risk and management of the Margaret M. Treadwell resulting business enterprise. At this point in our lengthening Great Recession, many entrepreneurs are born out of necessity. This column focuses on the thinking and action that has brought one particular entrepreneur, "Gabe," to a better place during this recession. In retrospect, Gabe sees that he began his business career when he graduated from college. He worked hard to become known as an honest, forthright, organized professional. He advanced to responsible jobs in television production and media entertainment at excellent companies, both of which eventually downsized, cutting out his successful broadcast design and animation departments. In the second situation, while employed but pending layoff, he sought full time work until he decided to use his sizable energy and commitment to
launch his own design company. Gabe says, "I focused on three main topics that are the backbone of my business philosophy: the mechanics of starting a successful design business; a business strategy of collaboration rather than competition, which means that I'm always striving to be an active participant in the artistic and production community; and the 'steps to avoid' pitfalls in an effort to answer the question, Why do some companies succeed while others fail?" First Gabe created a lengthy list of questions along a timeline. He identified his business opportunity - the value, practicality and uniqueness of product/services provided - and the necessary financial, legal and people resources. He acknowledged the competition. He broke his questions into smaller "doable do's" to avoid feeling overwhelmed and eventually realized the questions sorted themselves out without being roadblocks to success. Friends who wished him well contributed their services of web and logo ideas, and previous bosses and peers offered sage advice. He selected a venue for his launch and threw a fantastic party that drew colleagues and other supporters from near and far. He says, "Above all, if you lose your job remain an active member of your industry's community and/or professional associations, become a volunteer in your field, take or teach a
class, gain a certificate, learn a new piece of software - all networking experiences where you can share your passion for what you do." Staying connected to combinations of dynamic, always changing people became the backbone of his business and a motivator for persistence and stamina despite the natural setbacks that always accompany growth. Now he seeks out opportunities to mentor. One secret: "When you ask someone how they are, really mean it and listen well." Once the mechanics of establishing his business were accomplished, Gabe's joy has been managing his business as he gains clarity about what kind of company he wants and what type of leader he is. He believes his ability to change focus, shift gears, push the business in the direction of the skid (what his clients need) is key. Able to rent studio space after his first year profits, Gabe's dream is to continue creating established pipelines of work as he functions as an offsite art department for clients. "My business strategy answers the question: How are we all going to win?" he says. "I've created my mission statement to reflect my collaborative leadershipâ€Ś a broadcast design and animation studio for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community." He believes this collaboration will be key to his
company's success. And what do faith and family have to do with entrepreneurship? Gabe says, "I gained valuable insights when I stopped blaming my tumultuous childhood and took responsibility for my own destiny. â€Ś I support reason and tolerance in our communities and embrace a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. I respect my wife's religious background; we were married and had our children baptized in her church." His wife, an entrepreneur in her own right, stands back to let him do his thing without becoming too anxious over his progress or setbacks; he does the same for her. They share parenting and housekeeping responsibilities and try to foster each other's personal and professional growth. "Optimism is the recognition that the odds are in your favor; hope is the faith that things will work out whatever the odds. Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up. Hopeful people are actively engaged in defying the odds or changing the odds." - David Orr, Hope is an Imperative Margaret M. "Peggy" Treadwell, LICSW, is a family, individual and couples therapist and teacher in private practice. She can be contacted at Peggy McDT@gmail.com
14 WINDOW ON FILM, from page 12 sex lead to love? The talented Portman is more accessible here (think Garden State) than in her honored Black Swan role, but this is no Oscar contender. The film opens 15 years earlier with Adam and Emma meeting cute at summer camp. Adam, whom we later learn is a generally good guy, crudely propositions Emma. While she demurs, a spark is ignited and through magical, cinematic circumstances they cross paths again and again until they finally "hook-up" as adults. Now, she's a harried LA doctor and he is a lowly production assistant desperate to establish his own career in the wake of his famous but dissolute father. In a role reversal that may be intended to empower women, Emma is the one who wants just sex, while Adam, the romantic, (and more emotionally stable one), longs for a more meaningful relationship. Both are surrounded by gaggles of friends, Jake Johnson and Ludacris in Adam's ring and Greta Gerwig and Minda Kaling in Emma's corner, offering the requisite good and bad advice. They're quite good. Kevin Kline is also amusing in the small part as Adam's lecherous father. Here as in the recent Drew Barrymore/Justin Long vehicle, Going
March/April 2011 | www.edow.org the Distance, the casual, frequent use of vulgar, sexually-explicit language was like crows cawing in my ear, tonally at odds with the underlying sweetness of at least one of the characters. Sometimes, less is more.
The King's Speech (Rated R) Nominated for a slew of Oscars (12), this crowd-pleasing film is one of the few contenders that hasn't generated a maelstrom of critical controversy. No sex, no violence, the R rating is for salty language spewed in frustration by Colin Firth as King George VI, the future king of England. He leads a team of Oscar nominees including Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, his eccentric speech therapist, and Helena Bonham Carter as his devoted wife, Queen Elizabeth; they're all outstanding. But, the film's success largely rides on Firth's convincing and sympathetic portrait of a reluctant king with a major speech impediment. Through flashbacks we get a sense of his gilded, stilted and lonely life with a tyrannical father who had little sympathy for a young son who stammered. At his wife's urging, Bertie (as George VI is known to his family) surreptitiously meets with Logue, an unconventional "therapist" who insists that in their sessions they meet
FAMILY FILMS, from page 12 inspired by true events. It is based on the novel by Matt Baglio, The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. The story follows a reluctant young college student's trip to the Vatican to study exorcism. As part of his studies he meets and helps a rather unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who shows him the darker side of faith. The Exorcist (1973) it is not. There are no new theatrical ideas to make the victims of possession really scary and no tricks to make the audience jump, but the connections between science and faith are interesting. Outstanding performances by Colin O'Donoghue (as Michael Kovak, the seminarian), and of course Hopkins, carry us through the story to a case too difficult for either priest to resolve. Along the way both men must reassess their lives and motives. This is not a good selection for children since it is about demons in the real world and the power held by the devil over the world and its people. Also, it is just too creepy for young, creative minds.
Gnomeo and Juliet (Rated G) Is it possible for garden gnomes to reenact western literature's most famous love story? That was the goal of director Kelly Asbury and song-
writer Elton John. This animated film about two neighboring families (and their garden decor) who are caught up in a longstanding feud showcases many Hollywood voices and a wonderful score of classic and original songs by Elton John as it rocks through the story of forbidden love. Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy), a blue gnome, falls for the lovely and adventurous Juliet (voiced by Emily Blunt), a red gnome. The blue and red gnomes families cannot work out their differences any better than their owners, Mr. Capulet (voiced by Richard Wilson) and Miss Montague (voiced by Julie Walters). The pair's parents, Lady Bluebury (voiced by Maggie Smith) and Lord Redbrick
as equals. This does not sit well with the short-tempered royal. But under Bertie's rage lies a sensitive soul who comes to not only rely on Logue, but to understand all he's lost by being a creature of privilege. His feckless older brother, Edward VIII (played by an excellent Guy Pearce) in line for the throne, abdicates to marry the notorious American divorcĂŠe, Wallis Simpson, thrusting Bertie into the limelight. Dark clouds gather over England as Hitler marches across Europe and threatens England's freedom. The English people already have the pugnacious, articulate Churchill waiting in the wings to succeed Hitler-appeasing Neville Chamberlin, but in these troubled times, they also crave inspiration from an eloquent monarch.
Another Year (Rated PG-13) The changing seasons in the life of an average couple in London frame this quiet, character-driven gem from the veteran, British director Mike Leigh. Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen flawlessly play Tom and Gerri, one of those enviable, long-married, slightly smug couples completely at ease with themselves and each other. He is an engineering geologist and she a counselor. They enjoy their work, but even (voiced by Michael Caine), stir up the action even more when they learn of the relationship of their "children." Even Mr. Shakespeare (voiced by Patrick Stewart) makes an appearance as a park statue. This film's animation is so well done that on occasion the audience may forget that it is drawn -that is until the garden characters come into contact with "people." As in other recent animated films, when people are around all motion stops and the characters become only cement and plastic. But these characters are so much more than their material components; their emotional messages will reach into the hearts of all viewers. There are many sight gags and exciting lawnmower races (including the powerful Terrafirminator, voiced by Hulk Hogan) as well as a wise pink flamingo (voiced by Jim Cummings) which round out this retelling. Since this is a "G" production the ending is not the same as the play so adults should not be concerned about the final scene.
Rango (Rated PG) This is an action-packed animated feature with an old western theme. The plot is the same as many of the television Westerns of the '60s: a stranger comes to town and ends up saving the day. But this time the story is given a new twist since the "stranger" is a chameleon thespian,
more satisfying is the time they spend tending their garden, tilling the soil, planting vegetables, and harvesting the bounty. Natural caretakers of not only the soil, they also provide ongoing refuge for one of Ruth's coworkers, Mary (Lesley Manville in a heart-breaking performance). She's one of those needy, boundary-challenged women many of us go out of our way to avoid, darting into another aisle in the grocery store when we spot them coming our way. Every conversation revolves around her; the mundane issues of life like buying a used car or negotiating traffic recounted in tedious detail. She gulps copious amounts of wine, flirts shamelessly with men, and openly disdains any woman she views as competition. She'd be easy to write off as a tiresome, middle-aged alcoholic. But, Manville makes her shine with a sympathetic patina that never completely rubs off. It's easy to like the Toms and Gerris of the world, but it's the lonely, desperate Marys who challenge us to open our hearts and homes. Beth is a freelance writer who specializes in film reviews and narrative nonfiction. Let Beth know what you think about her reviews at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp), who loves creating, telling and acting out elaborate stories. When Rango is stranded in a Nevada desert town called Dirt, his swashbuckling stories land him in the job of town sheriff. His acting abilities then have to convince bandits and other villains that he is "man enough" for the job. There are several scenes during the movie which may concern younger children-the car crash at the beginning of the movie which separates Rango from his keeper, Jake (voiced by Bill Nighy) the rattlesnake who has very long fangs, and bandits on flying bats who chase and shoot a variety of guns at Rango and his friends. Although these are scary, director Gore Verbinski has made sure there is no blood or gore shown and that there is plenty of silly side action to counterbalance the tension. The "circle of life" is presented several times during the film, but these scenes are explained beautifully as facts of survival in the desert. There are characters that smoke, chew tobacco, or down shots of "cactus juice" in the town's saloon, but these are part of the stylized western theme and are not highlighted. Although the movie is a little long for very young children, it is fun for all ages. Judy Russell teaches music and performing arts at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the editor: I was happy to see the Rev. Marc Britt's op/ed, The realm outside the political sphere, in the January/February issue of the Window. This kind of critical selfexamination of mainline church leaders is exactly what I hoped to encourage when I wrote Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them. Marc's article is thoughtful, well-written, and raises several important issues: particularly, his emphasis on formation. I would quibble a bit with his classifying Paradoxy as a book in the "emerging church mode," however. If the "emergent" movement is rightly called a post-modern phenomenon (not that there's anything wrong with that), then perhaps Paradoxy might best be called "post-emergent." Why? Because it is an attempt to articulate theologically where the church is going and what it might look like when that which is now only "emergent" has fully emerged and begun to consolidate. I strongly agree with Marc's "ride or be drowned" analysis of my "riding the wave" metaphor. I would like to be clear, however, that I am not suggesting that the church merely position itself to ride the current wave of cultural change: that it merely adjust to the ever-shifting paradigms of the popular culture (though the two are to some degree connected). Rather, I am arguing that over the decades and centuries, the church's existing paradigms of Christian community have become increasingly inadequate and now teeter on the edge of collapse precisely because as creations of human rationality, they could not avoid being influenced by the culture around them. As with all finite understandings of the infinite, they cannot help but fall short of fullness. I wholeheartedly agree with Marc (as he argues from Hunter) that we must move beyond the political sphere: beyond the realm of power and influence. If politics is "the art of the possible," as some have said, then faith is the art of "impossible possibilities," and it is within that realm where we must search for the future of the church. We have to open ourselves to new ways of being church that transcend the theopolitical polarities - the conservative and liberal Christianities - that have polarized the church for most of recent memory. I disagree with Marc's suggestion that the emerging church movement is about offering a "niche" version of
church. In fact, I would suggest it is, at its heart, an attempt to do just the opposite. We have to remember that the emerging church took root when young conservative evangelicals began to realize that their own brand of Christianity - conservative evangelicalism - was a "niche" version of Christianity: strong on doctrinal correctness but weak on love in practice. Niche Christianity was not what they were perfecting, but what they were rejecting, piecing together in its place a version of Christianity that was more whole. It is a great temptation for those of us in liberal, mainline Christian denominations like the Episcopal Church to observe emergent evangelicals reaching out to appropriate practices from our tradition and assume that our version of Christianity is more whole and less niche-y. But the reason that assumption is so easy for us to make is that we have not yet engaged in the same courageous, self-critical examination that they already have done. They would be well within their rights to say to us, "You don't know what you're missing." In the end, however, in many ways Marc and I end up on the same page. It really is all about formation. All of us needed to be seeking to be formed by God for God's purposes. And that includes the church. The Rev. Ken Howard, Rector, St. Nicholas, Darnestown To the editor: (In response to Marc Britt's op/ed, The realm outside the political sphere, in the January/FebruaryWindow.) When we hold that attending church for worship has become just another consumer option, and the product isn't selling, then we must conclude that our product has little value, or our sales force is inadequately trained. Consumerism is not user driven. It is hierarchal, driven by producers, advertisers and salesman. The product has to be sold. Joshua Cooper Ramo in The Age of the Unthinkable relates that: â€œOnce users step into creative engagement the dynamics of complex systems shift forever. Users stop being consumers and become participants.â€? They take ownership and in the sales force of the church they become disciples. And in that, the divinity of every member is manifested. This shift is a manifestation of moving from a centralized hierarchal organization to a holistic decentralized one. Pope John 23 initiated Vatican I in 1963, as a decentralization effort, and Cursillo was implemented in Spain in the 1930s following the Civil War to reengage the men of the villages, who had gone adrift from the church. Resurrecting Cursillo in the diocese might be a
good starting point in "Formation." The saying "if you don't stand for something, you will stand for anything" may seem trite, but it is that which carries people to the heights of performance, dedication and service in the realm of the unimaginable. Church leaders, therefore, will do well to tread lightly to conforming cultural influences, and be bold enough to withstand the temptations of comfort. Let us, therefore: TEACH THE TRUTH OF GOD, PREACH THE LOVE OF GOD, HEAL SICK BODIES AND SOULS BY THE POWER OF GOD. Joseph L. Dick, Captain USN (Ret.) St. Mary's Parish To the editor: May I express my profound disagreement with the sermon of Bishop Chane (November/December Window) and especially his 'history' source, Karen Armstrong? I don't know how much of the sermon is Bishop Chane and how much is Armstrong. I consider her, former nun, then atheist, then self professed monotheist to be to be a totally unreliable source of any information. In a 2007 interview, she said: "There is far more violence in the Bible than in the Qur'an; the idea that Islam imposed itself by the sword is a Western fiction, fabricated during the time of the Crusades when, in fact, it was the Western Christians who were fighting brutal holy wars against Islam." Clearly Armstrong knows that the violence of the bible is Old Testament and is rejected in the Christian part of the Bible, the New Testament, so why does she blur that distinction? But the remaining perversion of plain history is the reason I consider her to be a crackpot, with no claim to be a 'historian.' Mohammad led men in battle and they killed many who would not follow him. Jesus killed no one. With the death of Mohammad, his followers did jihad, the military type, and went west for easy pickings. They conquered all North Africa, crossed into Europe at Gibraltar and had a bloodbath in Spain. Karen Armstrong would have us believe the Muslim armies danced peacefully across North Africa like Fred Astaire doing a dance routine and kissing everyone along the way. There is no way to sugarcoat her statement that "it is a Western fiction" that Islam conquered with the sword. Her statement is a big lie. Islam had been a warrior religion, a fighting religion since day one. The sword is still a feature of the flag of many Islamic nations. Jihad has a military side as well as a spiritual side and we ignore that at our peril. I recommend as a balance to the views of Bishop Chane, reading of
God's Battalions by Rodney Stark, a historian at Baylor University. Stephen S. Elgin Bethesda, Md. To the editor: Many thanks to Martin L. Smith for The Intact and Abundant Innermost Person, which appeared in the January/February issue of the Window. My mother has dementia, and his article brought me more comfort than I can express. I am so very grateful. Betsy Davis Somerset, NJ To the editor: In the September/October Window there was an article about the 2010 diocesan budget challenges. These are indeed difficult and painful times on the employment front and I do not envy the difficult choices that the Diocesan Council is facing. That said, it concerns me that the Rev. Nancy Lee Jose is quoted as saying "We are not setting a good example for the diocese." She goes on to say, "What we need to do is pass a deficit budget." One can debate whether the merits of options including no pay raises again and increased costs to participants in the health care plan, but I fail to understand how passing a deficit budget will set a good example. I hope that this comment attributed to Dr. Jose is not reflective of the mindset of the other members of the Diocesan Council. A significant portion of the population throughout the country seems to be in denial that our economy came dangerously close to complete collapse, and many economists say recovery will take years. If this were a one or two year event, perhaps a modest deficit would be acceptable if sufficient reserve funds were available, but we are entering the third year of this recession, and Washington, D.C., which has been mostly spared compared with much of the rest of the country, is now facing increasingly dire financial forecasts. Add to this mix survey reports showing a general decline in charitable giving with church giving in particular trending downward. Under these circumstances, prudent fiscal stewardship suggests that the diocese must adjust our expectations as to what we can and cannot afford and what we will and will not be able to do in the immediate years ahead, whereas approving a deficit budget seems to send a message of fiscal irresponsibility. Greg DuRoss Washington, D.C.
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DEPUTIES listen to keynote speaker Robert Johansen at the Diocese of Washingtonâ€™s 116th convention, held Jan. 28-29 at the National Cathedral.
School Of Prayer
March 10, 6:30 p.m. in Washington National Cathedral's Perry Auditorium. Award-winning documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer and Israel's wall. Q&A with producer follows. Tickets, $4, www.nationalcathedral.org
March 7 through April 4, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cathedral's Garrett Lounge. An introduction to a prayer form and experiential time for opening to God through different ways of praying. $75; register at www.shalem.org
Mozart at St. Matthew's March 12, 7 p.m. at St. Matthew's, Hyattsville. Concert features Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor. Tickets $10, available at 301-559-8686 or door.
March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral's Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. $30/adult; $25/senior/student. Register at www.nationalcathedral.org
worship Ash Wednesday Quiet Morning
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
An Evening of Prayer, Renewal
March 9 through April 20 at St. Alban's, D.C. (Nourse Hall). Walk the labyrinth from 1 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Docents will provide hospitality and guidance. 202-363-8286.
March 13, 4 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral. The Cathedral Choral Society sings. Tickets from $25 at 877-537-2228 or www.cathedralchoralsociety.org.
March 11, 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral's Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. Chanting, labyrinth, silence, worship and prayer. email@example.com
March 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. John's, Beltsville. With Christal Batey, a community resource advocate. Sponsored by Seabury Resources for Aging. Lunch provided; RSVP to 202-414-6314 or | firstname.lastname@example.org
Choral Evensong to Benefit BWS
Lenten Silent Retreat
Diocesan Leadership Workshops
March 20, 5 p.m. at Bradley Hills Presbyterian, Bethesda. The choirs of Redeemer, Bethesda and Bradley Hills Presbyterian will sing music by Herbert Howells. An organ recital will precede. Reception follows.
March 11-13 at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center. Carol Wade will lead, "Alive in Christ," taking a fresh look at the Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving through the lives of mystics, artists, and everyday saints. $195. www.edow.org/retreat or 202-337-3415, email@example.com
Aging In Place, The Role Of Congregations
American Friends of the Diocese Of Jerusalem March 6, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Mark's, Capitol Hill. Phoebe Griswold, president of the American Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem, will host a free presentation and reception. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrove Tuesday Supper March 8, 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas, Temple Hills. Adults $7.50; children 3-12, $3.75 and children under 3 free. 301/894-9100 or 301/894-5242.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Mardi Gras Fun March 8, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary's, Foggy Bottom. Adults $8; students/youth $4. 202-333-3985.
Weekly Wednesday Walk Along A Labyrinth
March 12 at Christ, Clinton; and March 26 at the Chevy Chase 4H Center. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25. www.edow.org/events
Samaritan Ministry's Silver Gala March 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at 4000 Wisconsin Ave. Samaritan Ministry celebrates its 25th anniversary with food, music and a live and silent auction. Tickets $100. Tables, sponsorships available. 202-722-2280 x326.
Vocational Ministry Retreat April 1-2 at St. Mary's Seminary & University Center for Continuing Formation, Baltimore. Led by Marjory Zoet Bankson. Enables all baptized people to discern God's call to ministry in their lives. $120; register at http://www.edow.org/events
Called, But Who Is Listening? April 2, 2 p.m. in Washington National Cathedral's Perry Auditorium. Denise Hopkins of Wesley Theological Seminary discusses Isaiah and the call to work on justice and peace for Israel and Palestine.
Gospel Sunday at St. Philip's March 20, 3 p.m. at St. Philip's, Anacostia. Inspirational/Gospel music and songs and guest speaker Emmanuel F.Y. Grantson.
Icon Workshop March 21-26 at St. Phillip's, Laurel. Iconography class by Philip Davydov, master iconographer from St. Petersburg. $600, includes all materials. 301-776-8954 or WMACO@COMCAST.NET.
Floral Demonstration April 30 in Washington National Cathedral's Perry Auditorium. With renowned designer Allan Woods. $30. Coffee and light refreshments. Proceeds benefit the cathedral gardens and grounds. Members of parish flower and altar guilds are encouraged to attend.
Lenten Quiet Day March 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shalem Institute. The unconditional and boundless love of God and our response. Cost is $50. Bring lunch. Register at www.shalem.org
Third Wednesday Retreats At Ascension, Silver Spring March 16 and April 20 at Ascension, Silver Spring. 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Topics are Praying with Julian of Norwich and Desert Spirituality. Free will offering accepted. Contact Terri Murphy at Rainingshamrocks@aol.com or 301-587-3272.
Prayer Brunch at St. Philip's, April 9, 11 a.m. at St. Philip's, Anacostia. Inspirational and Gospel music, guest speaker will be Reginald Audrick. $20 suggested donation.