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Earthquake damages National Cathedral By Diane Ney and Lucy Chumbley

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Virginia at 1:55 p.m. Aug. 23 and rippled up the East Coast has caused damage to Washington National Cathedral that will cost millions of dollars to repair. The cathedral closed to visitors immediately following the quake, moving an Aug. 27 prayer service for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (the memorial dedication was later postponed indefinitely due to a hurricane threat) and its regular Sunday services to the Washington Hebrew Congregation. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, dazed staff, tourists, docents and clergy poured out of the cathedral and its surrounding buildings and stood in out-

side in huddles on the grass. "We were sitting inside in the pews, waiting for a tour, when I felt this shaking," said David Harold, who was visiting the cathedral from Portland, Oregon. "And then I could hear it, and I said, 'This is an earthquake.'" Cathedral docent B. Stacey said that a piece of masonry fell inside the cathedral, into the nave's center aisle. Stacey said "it felt like an up and down shaking, rather than a side to side." Former Cathedral Chapter members John Shenefield and Eileen Yago were at a meeting in Sayre House with development officer Suzy Mink, when they felt the upheaval. "Suzy makes her meetings exciting," said Shenefield, "but this is beyond anything." see EARTHQUAKE, page 6

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Staff gather on the cathedral’s north lawn in the aftermath of the Aug. 23 earthquake.


Armstrong: A religious task for our time By Lucy Chumbley

Washington National Cathedral's Bourdon Bell will toll ten times on Sept. 11, at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m., in remembrance of the lives lost when four planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. As the sound of the funeral bell fades, author Karen Armstrong will lead a forum on compassion; part of a series of events at the cathedral commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Armstrong launched the Charter for

Compassion in 2009; a manifesto composed by leading thinkers and activists from faith traditions around the world that urges people Karen Armstrong and religions to embrace compassion as a core value. At its heart is the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would wish to be treated. During a November 2010 clergy

conference, Armstrong introduced the charter to a group of priests from the Diocese of Washington and spoke about the nature of God, the importance of community and the need for genuine dialogue. "I'd been long frustrated that religion, which should have been making a major contribution to a just and compassionate world, was also seen as part of the problem," she said, describing the charter as a summons to action. "It seems to me an urgent task: unless we treat all nations, all peoples, as we would wish to be treated, we are not going to have a viable

world." Community is crucial to every religious tradition, she said, noting that as on the road to Emmaus, God is discovered in interaction with the stranger, the "other." "We've got to widen our identity of community," she said. "We are the global village. The purpose of community is to get to know one another and I think this is the religious challenge. "We are linked together more closely than ever before. Suffering is no longer confined to a distant part of see 9/11 EVENTS page 6

inTHEwindow NINTH BISHOP: Page 3 Preparing for the consecration of our bishop-elect

WENDT CENTER: Page 7 The grief counseling center founded by an Episcopal priest

CIVIL WAR 150th: Page 8


Records reveal how our local parishes weathered the war

The Diocese of Washington in pictures



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BISHOP’S visitations&engagements Sept. 1: Cathedral Close Tri-school service, 8 a.m. Sept. 8: World Affairs Today panel discussion on public television documentary The Asian & Abrahamic Religion: A Divine Encounter in America, in which Bishop Chane is prominently featured Sept. 11: 9/11 Service of Reconciliation at National Cathedral Sept. 15-21: Fall House of Bishops meeting in Quito, Ecuador Sept. 22: Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m. Sept. 24: Samaritan Ministry 25th Anniversary Celebration at Washington National Cathedral, 10 a.m.; installation of Kirk Duncan as head of school at Washington Episcopal School, 2 p.m. Sept. 25: Preaching and presiding at Washington National Cathedral's 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services; installation of Thomas R. Stevens as head of school at St. John's Olney, 3 p.m. Sept. 26: Installation of Michael Mullin as head of school at Holy Trinity, Bowie (at Reid Temple), 10 a.m.; Jerusalem Partnership Committee meeting, 7 p.m. (and Oct. 17) Sept. 27: Guest lecturer at George Washington University on "Leadership: Theory and Practice," 12:45 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1: National Church's Social Justice and Public Policy Commission meeting in Bismarck, ND Oct. 2: Sunday visitation: All Saints', Oakley (a.m.); Clergy installation at Christ, Clinton (the Rev. Cassandra Burton), 4 p.m. Oct. 5: Clergy installation at All Saints', Chevy Chase (the Rev. Ed

Kelaher), 7 p.m. Oct. 6: Bishop Walker School Evensong at Washington National Cathedral, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8: Acolyte Festival at Washington National Cathedral, 10 a.m.; Latino Ministry Celebration, 6 p.m. Oct. 9: Sunday visitation: St. John's, Broad Creek (a.m.); Clergy installation at Grace, Silver Spring (the Rev. Andrew Walter), 4 p.m. Oct. 11: Diocesan Council, 6 p.m. Oct. 12: Mid-Atlantic Episcopal School Association Service at the cathedral, 10 a.m. Oct. 14: Chane Gang farewell concert, Washington Episcopal School, 7:30p.m. Oct. 16: Sunday visitation: All Souls Memorial, D.C. (centennial celebration) a.m.; Clergy installation: St. Bartholomew's, Laytonsville (the Rev. Linda Calkins), 4 p.m. Oct. 19: Dinner at Christ, Accokeek, 6 p.m., followed by 7:30 p.m. Evensong Oct. 20: EDOW International Outreach/Partnership Celebration - St. Alban's, D.C., 7 p.m. Oct. 22: Regional Assemblies, Regions 1-4 at Washington Episcopal School Oct. 23: Sunday visitation: St. Columba's, D.C. Oct. 25: Rumi Forum Peace and Dialogue Awards (accepting Extraordinary Commitment to Peace Award) at The National Press Club Oct. 29: Regional Assemblies, Regions 5-6, St. Barnabas', Leeland Oct. 30: Sunday visitation: St. Timothy's, D.C. (a.m.); retirement recognition for the Rev. Larry Harris at St. Barnabas', Leeland, 4 p.m.

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A passion for the possible "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is no question that many Christian congregations today are under significant stress. In many churches attendance is either down or not growing, financial giving has failed to keep up with inflation, and investment income is significantly compromised. The current economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression, has placed many congregations at great risk. To be sure, there are exceptions to this challenging trend, but for the most part congregations face hard decisions about how they will do ministry in the present and future. In the Diocese of Washington, an increasing number of congregations are struggling to hold onto the church's traditional governance model - a full time priest. But this can be costly: The church must pay the rector's salary, housing allowance, health insurance and pension. Added to the cost of running a parish - utilities, maintenance, supplies, a least a part-time musician and other expenses involved in keeping the church doors open - it can be prohibitive. Congregations that list on their rolls less than 200 communicants and show an average weekly Sunday attendance of fewer than 100 have been classified as severely challenged. The challenge is how to maintain the traditional parish model while keeping the church and its property operational and solvent while engaging in the mission and outreach directed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are those who say that this decline in attendance and giving is caused by "activist" clergy and denominations that have embraced controversial causes and issues. But the information available to church leaders clearly indicates that the demographic composition of many of our congregations in the diocese consists of an aging population with fewer younger persons seeking membership and involvement in congregational life. Statistics show that the church I

knew and served when I was ordained in 1972 has not been able to adapt its teaching of the Gospel or maintain its economic stability during these times of change. In our rapidly developing culture, many young people have been detached since birth from institutional Christianity. As bishop, all I have to do is study the parochial reports of our congregations to see the higher number of burials and the much lower number of baptisms, confirmations and receptions as reported by each of our congregations. Another telling statistic is the declining numbers of children and young people involved in Sunday school and youth activities. The numbers are alarming! The hard question is: How can our challenged congregations be centers of exciting, Christcentered worship, train and equip disciples to become bearers of the Gospel, and at the same time keep the doors open? What is the cost in dollars and human resources in keeping church buildings repaired, open, active and accessible as centers of worship, education and mission outreach while paying the overhead costs of maintenance and clergy compensation? How can a parish with a full time priest, but on the margins of survival, support its own mission work and the larger mission work of the diocese and the Episcopal Church? Diocesan staff, canon to the ordinary Paul Cooney, the Diocesan Council and I are currently engaged in direct conversation with congregations that are struggling to survive. We work with them as they work hard to envision what their future might look like if membership, financial and attendance trends do not reverse themselves. Can they continue to exist with a full time rector, a part time rector, a priest-in-charge or a supply priest? Might it be wiser if a congregation under stress begins to see if the merging of two struggling congregations can create one congregation that

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Saying Goodbye to the Chanes So many clergy and laity, congregations, schools, organizations and ministries of the diocese want to celebrate the nine years of ministry that Bishop Chane and his partner in ministry, Karen, have had among us. Since announcing his retirement, countless invitations to gatherings, dinners and functions have been issued by various groups who want to express their gratitude. When the Transition Committee asked the Chanes what they wanted as a goodbye gathering, they said they wanted one big party, open to the entire diocese, featuring the music of The Chane Gang and time for mingling. Therefore, you are cordially invited to: A Goodbye Gathering For Bishop and Mrs. Chane, Featuring the music of the Chane Gang Friday, October 14th, 2011 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Washington Episcopal School 5600 Little Falls Parkway Bethesda, MD 20816-1519

The Ordination and Consecration of a Bishop The Rev. Dr. Mariann Edgar Budde Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. Preliminary Information from the Transition Committee: Invitations and Attendance Passes for the Service

In honor of Bishop and Mrs. Chane and in thanksgiving for their ministries, donations may be made at the door in support of Latino Ministries and the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. Proceeds from beverage sales will also go to these two outreach ministries. Admission free. Refreshments will be served. Please register for this event at:

During the 1960s, Chane played in eight bands as a professional drummer. His favorite old group is the Chane Gang. This will be the fifth time the Chane Gang has convened for a concert since Chane has been Bishop of Washington. Two events were fund raisers for diocesan youth ministry; one was held in New York City for the Diocese of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina; and one was held as a fundraiser for the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys.

The Standing Committee of the Diocese is in the process of receiving consents to the election from the House of Bishops and all other diocesan Standing Committees. Once the number of consents needed have been received, probably mid-to-late September, invitations will be sent out. The cathedral can only seat 3200 people, so passes will be required for attendance. All diocesan clergy will be invited and each congregation of the diocese will receive a block of passes. The rector or priest-in-charge will determine how the passes are distributed. In the absense of clergy, wardens of the vestry are asked to decide upon a method of distribution. Participating in the Service

Once the consents needed have been received, probably mid-late September, a link will be posted on the diocesan website - - which will enable clergy and laity to volunteer for specific roles. Greeters, pass checkers, banner bearers, streamer bearers and Eucharistic ministers will be needed. Volunteers will be chosen and assigned, ensuring that the diversity of the diocese is represented. Rectors, priests-in-charge, and/or vestry wardens will be notified who will be participating from their congregation and be given further information to disseminate. Choir Participation in the Service

A Diocesan Choir, made up of congregations of the diocese, will be coordinated by Michael McCarthy, Washington National Cathedral's music director. He oversees the entire music program and is the principal conductor of the cathedral choirs. Congregational music directors will receive a letter the first week of September regarding participation, music selection and rehearsal times. BISHOP, from page 2 is stronger, larger and more financially capable of becoming an emerging church in the 21st century? Some conversations could lead to the possible yoking of congregations, in which two congregations cover the cost and upkeep of their individual church properties while sharing the duties of one full time priest. Another, more painful conversation engages congregations in discussing the possibility of ending their ministry in its current location, selling the property and establishing with the proceeds a congregation in a new location where demographics are more favorable for

membership growth and mission initiatives. The "Emerging Church" is not a monolithic structure. It is not based on the traditional model of how we "do" church. It is in reality a church that must be able to recognize that in the 21st century all options are on the table for exercising the ministry of Jesus Christ in a rapidly changing world. It is a church that must ask the hard questions and courageously seek new responses to the demands of a changing parish ministry. The Episcopal/Anglican Church has much to offer a new generation of seekers, if we are only willing to see

that in order to be a missional church, we must be willing to make hard choices about how we grow beyond the traditional church structures and assumptions that we have inherited from our Church of England forbearers. The critical work of evaluation and discernment in the churches of our diocese - asking hard questions and receiving empowering answers - must be our mission right now and in the future, when the ninth Bishop of Washington takes office. Time is of the essence if we are to engage with courage and claim our rightful heritage as disciples of Jesus Christ.

We define our mission under the banner of inclusive love for all of God's children. We are communities that must exist to preach the Gospel with the fire of conviction. We are communities that must teach and reach out through strong lay and clergy leadership. We must be communities of deep, spirit-filled prayer and holy expectation. As we move forward with the great challenges that are before us, I cannot think of a diocese that promises a more hopeful future. This future can be ours if we choose to reach out and embrace the passion for the possible.



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BODY OF CHRIST All Faith, Charlotte Hall 38885 New Market Turner Road Mechanicsville, Md., 20659 301/884-3773 Established 1692; members, 60 Kathy Roland, Senior Warden


This column highlights different parishes in the church family of the Diocese of Washington. Here Kathy Roland, senior warden of All Faith, Charlotte Hall, speaks about the life, history, plans and character of her congregation. WW: For a small parish, All Faith has a very active outreach agenda, with cash offerings to area shelters, helping with soup kitchen and food collection programs, Christmas toys for local families, money for Middle Eastern children through the Diocese of Jerusalem. And I've probably missed a few. How do you manage to do all that? ROLAND: All Faith has always been committed to helping where it's needed. And not just outside the parish. We have a good core group of young members with young children and they are extremely dedicated to having the church as the focal point of their families' lives. They pour so much time and energy into parish activities like the Pancake Breakfast and Family Night, where there's a chance to get together as a family and do some fun things. They're really dynamic people who care about All Faith and, like all our members, are very committed. WW: A lot of emphasis seems to be on perpetuating a faith community where all ages can come together, like the Pancake Breakfast. Is that every week? ROLAND: We do that on the first Sunday of the month, in between the

two services, except in the summer and in December. And then there's Family Night. WW: What about activities for children? ROLAND: You know, it's one of the hardest things to address. We don't have a lot of children in the parish, so we have had just one Sunday School class, but in the fall we're starting another class, for older children. And that brings up a point. Along with our wonderful younger members, we have wonderful older members, who have been keeping All Faith going for years, like Alma, who has been in charge of the Sunday School for many years and Grace, who was in charge of our altar guild for years and years and not that long ago finally had to give it up. We weren't able to find anyone who could be solely in charge of it, so there are six of us who have volunteered. It took six of us to replace Grace. WW: All Faith has established a building fund. What are you planning? ROLAND: Well, the roof of our hall has some big issues. It likes to let water in. We got a bid for adding a new roof and found that we could add a second floor on the building for not that much more. So, our goal is to add a second floor and put a gabled roof on the hall. We have some fundraisers planned, like our first annual Fall Benefit Rally on Sept. 17. We've established a rally-style course with stops at other historic


Episcopal churches in St. Mary's County. Participants pick up a card at each church stop and then return to All Faith to see who has the winning poker hand. And then we'll have a cookout. Plus, we have our annual spring yard sale and we've signed up for the rewards programs at Food Lion and McKay's. These don't bring in huge amounts of money, but we appreciate the contributions and every little bit helps. WW: What is your rector situation? ROLAND: We have a part-time rector, Charles Amuzie, but he recently had a stroke and is still dealing with the healing process. He's very determined, with a truly amazing spirit. We think the world of him. We would love to hire him full-time, but we can't afford it. WW: Have you all considered that at some point you may need to merge

with another parish? ROLAND: It's a very tough thing to think about because most of us have family members buried in the All Faith cemetery and feel a certain amount of ownership of our church. Our families have been worshipping here for generations. This is true for most of the parishes in St. Mary's County. It's generation after generation, so that the families become part of the church's identity. We have a thing we're doing right now. We've asked all of our members to pray at 7 p.m. each night for several different things, and one of those is to pray that our church will continue to grow. Some of us even set our cell phones to remind us to stop for that quiet moment of prayer. We're becoming the Little Church That Could. We find a way.

REGIONAL ASSEMBLIES 2011 Attendees: In addition to Clergy, wardens and convention delegates are entitled to vote and should plan to come. Other members of the vestry are encouraged to come as well to participate in discussions. This is Bishop Chane's last Regional Assemblies, and the Bishop-Elect will also be present. Regions 1, 2, 3 & 4: Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:30-12:30, Washington Episcopal School, Bethesda Regions 5 & 6: Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30-12:30, St. Barnabas', Leeland, Upper Marlboro Information about nominations is posted on the diocesan website at: and sent by various edowmail listservs.The deadlines for nominations and resolutions are Sept. 30 for Regions 1-4, and Oct. 7 for Regions 5-6. Volunteers needed: Many volunteers (non-voting) are needed for Regions 14 Assembly on Saturday, October 22. Sign up online at the link above.



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IN BRIEF Former House of Deputies president dies [ENS] Pamela Chinnis, who was the first woman to lead the Episcopal Church's House of Deputies, died Aug. 24 at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. She was 86. Chinnis, a longtime parishioner of Chinnis Epiphany, D.C., who also served as that church's first female warden, served three terms as president of the House of Deputies from 1991 to 2000, the maximum allowed. She was first elected by acclamation in July 1991. Current House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson, the second woman to lead the approximately 880-member house, said in a statement that "my deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family and her friends across the church," adding that Chinnis was "one of my role models and has inspired my ministry." Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said "we give thanks for the ground-breaking ministry of Dr. Chinnis as president of the House of Deputies, and give thanks for her life. We hold her and her family in our prayers in this time of grief and thanksgiving for a life well lived. May she rest in peace and rise in glory, and may all who mourn find comfort in the assurance of resurrection."

Jan Cope appointed to Mayor's InterFaith Council The Rev. Jan Naylor Cope, Washington National Cathedral's vicar, has been appointed to Mayor Vincent C. Gray's InterFaith Council,

a body that will advise him and his staff on religious affairs and serve as a liaison between the Mayor's office and the District's faith communities. "While the founders of our great country wisely chose to separate the structures of church and state, religious affairs are an integral part of the public life of any community," Gray said. "I'm thankful that the District of Columbia has a large group of intelligent, committed and compassionate faith leaders who dedicate themselves to ensuring the well-being of all Washingtonians." Cope is the only Episcopalian among the 26 faith leaders appointed to serve on the council, which will be chaired by the Rev. Donald Isaac, executive director of the East of the River ClergyPoliceCommunity Partnership, Inc. The Rev. Christine Wiley, co-pastor of Covenant Jan Cope Baptist United Church of Christ will serve as vice chair.

ECW announces recipients of Chane scholarship The board of the Episcopal Church Women of the diocese has announced the 2011 recipients of The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane Scholarship for Social Justice. They are: AjZuri C. Harper of Holy Comforter, D.C. (attending Hampton University)  Timothy McKay of Christ, Kensington (attending Dickinson College)  Scott Jakowski of Trinity, Upper Marlboro (attending St. Mary's College of Maryland)  Annie B. Bassford of St. Mary's Parish, St. Mary's City (attending College of Notre Dame of Maryland) The scholarship was established this

year by the ECW Board in honor of Bishop Chane's ministry, support and leadership during his past eight years of service. The scholarship will be awarded yearly and is open to graduating seniors who are college bound and attend a church in the diocese. To help fund the 2012 scholarship, the ECW will host a dinner and silent auction on Sept. 24: "Our Lights Shine Brightly by Sharing Our Gifts." For additional information, contact Rose Longmire, ECW president, at 410/414-5258.

Episcopal Church joins Dream Sabbath Campaign The Episcopal Church has joined other religious denominations and faith-based organizations in supporting the DREAM Act, and asks churches to participate in a Dream Sabbath between Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. The DREAM Act 2011 is bipartisan legislation that would grant legalized status to undocumented young people with good moral character who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and graduated from high school. Permanent resident status would be available upon completion of two years of higher education or military service. "The Episcopal Church supports the DREAM Act through the approval of General Convention 2009 Resolution B006," said Alex Baumgarten, Episcopal Church Director of Government Relations and International Policy Analyst. "Every child growing up in America deserves the opportunity to become a productive member of society and to achieve their dreams," said Ana G. White, Episcopal Church Immigration and Refugee Policy Analyst. "Withholding legal status from these children not only hurts them, but it deprives America of future generations of dedicated citizens, innovators, entrepreneurs and public servants. The DREAM Act

will help them." The Dream Sabbath Campaign is coordinated by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, to enlist churches to dedicate a Sabbath for dialogue on the Dream Act. Churches also can request a DREAM Act student come to their worship service between Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 to share their story. For further information, visit

CPF grants same-gender spouses retirement benefits At its June 16 meeting, the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees voted to provide parity of retirement benefits to "legally married same gender spouses" of eligible participants in the Church Pension Fund Clergy Pension Plan, the Episcopal Church Lay Employees' Retirement Plan and the Church Pension Fund Clergy PostRetirement Medical Assistance Plan. The changes went into effect July 1. The trustees said for benefit purposes, all legal spouses should be treated equally, which is consistent with the position taken by many states including New York, where CPF is headquartered. Participants should submit a Changes in Personal Status form (Clergy Plan) or Participant Change form (Lay DB Plan) and a copy of the marriage certificate to CPF as soon as possible. During the one-year period that began on July 1, an eligible retired participant in the Clergy Pension Plan may be able to adjust his or her pension to cover his or her same-gender spouse. The spouse may also be eligible for the Medicare Supplement Benefit. Eligible surviving same-gender spouses may also be eligible to receive an adjusted pension benefit and Medicare Supplement Benefit. In order to make these adjustments, documentation must be submitted prior to June 30, 2012. Call 866/802-6333 for details, or contact



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9/11 EVENTS from page 1 the globe. If we turn our backs on it, that world will come to us in a terrible form, as it did on Sept. 11. It's not enough to be singing hymns in our own church… we must look out for each other." The "otherness that is God" must be embraced in the manner of Abraham, who rushed out to bring strangers into his own encampment, she said. "Love your enemies, said Jesus. Look behind the headlines, and develop a concern for all the people who've been born into a troubled spot in the world. They are our brothers and sisters and it's a religious duty. We must struggle to increase our understanding." In essence, she said, religion is a call to action rather than the acceptance of a set of philosophical propositions. "Our job is to create a global society, where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony. We've got to make room for people, for the stranger, like Abraham did." Recognizing the mystery at the heart of our own religion and that of others is critical: "We really need to get back to a sense of what we don't know. In religion, nobody can have the last word, and that is crucial. Without that sense of mystery, we are losing the plot." Likewise it is important to set the ego aside and engage in genuine dialogue. "Don't come into it thinking you have the answers," she said. "There's

no point in going into dialogue unless you're prepared to be changed by it. You are changed by each other." It is vital to keep a sense of humility, being mindful always of our own limitations. ("We can't explain ourselves: How can we explain God?") "Much of our thinking about God is really quite primitive," Armstrong said. "We hear about God and Santa as children. Over the years our feelings about Santa mature and change, but often our feelings about God get stuck at a very immature level." "We only know about the existence of beings. We don't know anything about being itself," she said. "Any human definition of the divine is likely to be so limited that it could be blasphemous." All religious symbols point beyond, "into the silence, which is illuminous." The study of scripture is "ongoing and it always will be, recognizing always that there's no last word and that God is inexhaustible." At its best, the practice of religion "leads us to a place of silence, transcendence and wonder," she said, quoting Sufi mystic and philosopher Ibn Arabi, who said it was quite common for a Sufi in ecstasy to say, 'I'm no longer a Muslim, Jew, Christian.' "Once you've glimpsed the divine, all those man-made constructs fall away. A religious task for our time is to overcome that ignorance, and to approach other faiths with - not tolerance, I hate that word - but real appreciation for those insights."

LEARN MORE AT: EARTHQUAKE, from page 1 The two also said they heard the cathedral's bells ringing as the earth shook. The cathedral's Gloria in Excelsis tower, which houses both the peal bells and the carillon, sustained the most damage, a team of structural engineers, architects and stone masons reported during an Aug. 24 press conference. Three of the tower's four pinnacles (corner spires) were damaged and a number of the decorative angels at their base fell onto the roof, along with the finials (decorative points). Similar decorative elements on the cathedral's gothic exterior were damaged, and cracks have appeared in some of the flying buttresses around the apse at the cathedral's east end the oldest part of the building. Inside, some of the stone jewels came loose and will need refitting. Damage assessment began right away, and on Aug. 26 construction workers were unloading scaffolding outside the cathedral. At press time,

the cathedral remained closed to the public, though a series of events commemorating 9/11, A Call to Compassion, were expected to go ahead as planned. "The good news is that most of the damage has been decorative and on the exterior," Dean Samuel T. Lloyd said. "There are going to be some things we'll have to deal with, but it could have been much worse." The "delicate, lacy pinnacles" were the weakest part of the structure, said Jim Cutts, who had worked on an earlier restoration of the central tower, describing them as "works of art." He said repair and restoration work would take "a lot of time." "We're going to make every effort to salvage and preserve as much of the original work as possible,” said mason foreman Joe Alonso, adding that "this is a handmade building." "This is the first time we've had these large amounts of sculpture damaged," he added. "It's a little disconcerting to me and my colleagues who are stone carvers, but we're going to

9/11 commemorative events: WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL presents A Call to Compassion: A Concert to Honor, set for 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9, featuring Brahms' Requiem performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters with the Cathedral Choir to honor the victims of 9/11 and survivors, their families, and emergency response personnel, as well as the nearly 6,000 fallen military service members whose lives have since been lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Concert to Heal and Community Gathering Day, set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. This free public concert features local artists and music, encouraging interfaith understanding across cultures and generations. This day recalls the unity Americans felt in the face of the attacks on 9/11. Interfaith Prayer Vigil and the tolling of the Cathedral's Bourdon Bell, set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11 Forum on Compassion, set for 10:15 to 11 a.m. Sept. 11. Conversation with Karen Armstrong and Dean Samuel T. Lloyd. Commemorative Holy Eucharist, set for 11:15 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Sept. 11, with Bishop John Bryson Chane, presider; Dean Samuel T. Lloyd, preacher; the Rev. Dr. Kathy J. Nelson, president, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc. A Concert for Hope, set for 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 11.The concert will feature words of wisdom, songs of hope and messages of peace. RSVP: All events except those on the morning of Sept. 11 require tickets, which are available at The program is the product of the cathedral's collaboration with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and the Flight 93 National Memorial, and is made possible by Lockheed Martin Corporation and F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc. All events will be webcast live at UMD’S EPISCOPAL ANGLICAN MINISTRY presents: REBIRTH: A Documentary of the Survival, Recovery and Resiliency, at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Richard Eaton theater in the University of Maryland’s Knight Hall. Sponsored by the Episcopal/Anglican Campus Ministry and the School of Journalism. Project Rebirth's film is a full-length documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It is the result of a decade-long process by director Jim Whitaker and is a riveting journey into living history and the healing that has come its wake. From early 2002 through 2009, the film crew chronicled the lives of five people directly affected by 9/11. The film also tracks the evolution of the former World Trade Center and the entire rebuilding of the site. Visit ST. ALBAN’S, D.C. presents: 10 YEARS AFTER 9/11, a two part series, set for 11:15 a.m. Sept. 4 (Part 1) and 11:15 a.m. Sept. 11 (Part 2) in Nourse Hall at St. Alban’s, D.C. Part 1: Sacred Text: The Quran and Its Influence on Muslim Life: Dr. Yvonne Haddad, professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, discusses the Quran. How did it come to be? How is it structured? How is it viewed by Muslims, and how does that view differ from the way Christians view the Bible? Bring your curiosity and your questions to what promises to be a fascinating peek into Islam. Part 2: The Experience of African-American Muslims: The heritage of African-American Islam is rich, vibrant, and different from that of the immigrant Muslim community. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, director of community outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, talks about the history and experience of the African-American Muslim community and how the events of 10 years ago impacted them as Americans and as Muslims. Imam Johari was raised an Episcopalian and converted to Islam while a student at Howard University, now serving as its first Muslim chaplain.

put this back together the right way and respect the work of our forbearers, of stone carvers and masons who came before us." None of the damage is covered by insurance, cathedral spokesman

Richard Weinberg confirmed, and the cathedral is soliciting gifts of any size to help repair the damage. Donations can be made online at



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Offering comfort in times of crying The Wendt Center was founded by an Episcopal priest of this diocese who believed that no one should have to grieve alone By Lucy Chumbley


ometimes simple things - like a pair of socks - can reopen the gates of grief, say two widows who have come to share their stories at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. Though Tara Gorman and Elizabeth Ratigan are at different stages of life Gorman is a working mother of six and Ratigan is retired - they have some unfortunate common ground: Three years ago this month they lost their husbands to cancer within two days of each other. They did not know this about each other when they first met - at Garfield Park in Southeast Washington, D.C., where they were releasing Monarch butterflies at the Wendt Center's 2010 Memorial Day remembrance. But shortly afterwards, they met again at one of the center's support groups and have since helped each other through the valley of the shadow of death. No matter how inevitable, the women said, they were not expecting their husbands to die. Gorman and her husband had never really experienced death before: "Our grandparents were still alive. Our

goldfish was three years old." Yet a year after his diagnosis, her husband - a stay-at-home dad - was gone. Ratigan's husband was an athletic type who competed in triathlons. He was diagnosed with metastatic stage IV lung cancer during a routine medical exam, and died three-and-a-half months later. "It was a huge shock to everyone who knew him, because he was so healthy," Ratigan said. "You do everything right and you die. It's just not fair." Since her husband's diagnosis, Ratigan's life had revolved around his care. So when he died "I had a total loss of purpose," she said. "You have been there to make them well, so when they die you are totally at a loss. You are at loose ends." Gorman remembers navigating the grocery store in the aftermath of her husband's death, heartbroken and dazed. "All the kids are acting out, and you're so fragile." In different ways, both women found their way to the same place. The Wendt Center

The Wendt Center was founded in 1975 by the Rev. William Wendt, a

former priest of the Diocese of Washington. Today it serves around 7,000 people in the D.C. metro area including about 2,500 through the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (which investigates and certifies all deaths that occur as the result of violence as well as those that occur unexpectedly, without medical attention, in custody, or pose a threat to public health). Initially offering hospice care, the center gradually shifted its focus to grief counseling, and now serves children and teenagers as well as adults. More recently, it has expanded its scope to engage issues of trauma, such as domestic violence and sex abuse. Today its offerings include one-onone counseling, group support and programs such as an annual children's grief camp. The nonprofit's main office is at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness in Northwest D.C., and it has satellite offices in Northeast and Southeast. It employs a core staff of 11, a part-time staff of around 25 and has a $1.5 million annual operating budget, mostly funded by individual donors. "It's a community of support, of really embracing anyone who wants to share in this journey in whatever

way helps them, whatever way speaks to them," said Susan M. Ley, the center's executive director. "What I got from the Wendt Center were practical ways to live my life and to cope," Ratigan said. "The [support] group has been unbelievable." "It saved my life," Gorman said. Group members have supported each other through decisions such as selling houses, where to scatter ashes and "what to do with the stuff." Like the socks. "I couldn't throw away my husband's dirty tube socks," Gorman said. "Because they were his." She shared her struggles on a blog, posting entries like "How to Help a Widow" and listing some suggested dos and don'ts. Like don't complain to a widow about what a slob your husband is. "That was one of the don'ts," Ratigan said. "Don't tell me about your husband's dirty socks, because I don't want to know." Life after death

In addition to the grief, there was unexpected fallout from friends. "A lot of couples distance themselves," Gorman said. "You're a poster child for this could happen to you." Some wives became wary of their husbands once she was "single." And there was pressure to get over it, move see WENDT CENTER, page 8 Photos by Lucy Chumbley

Wendt Center director Susan M. Ley stands next to a photo of the center’s founder, the Rev. William Wendt, an Episcopal priest of this diocese (clockwise from left). Tom Cooke, president of the center’s board of directors, is a parishioner at St. John’s, Georgetown. A quilt panel includes a photo of sailboats launched in honor of loved ones, and playthings like dinosaurs, bridges and this jar of answers help children come to terms with their loss.



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Local churches and the Civil War Records reveal how Episcopal parishes fared during the north/south conflict By Diane Ney

Since my last report, we have been called to pass through great trials, and to endure grievous anxieties; but under them all our Heavenly Father has been very gracious to us. - Edward J. Stearns, Rector, St. Matthew's Parish, Prince George's Country, 1862

Photo by Tom Wolff

Christ, La Plata’s rector served as a military chaplain during the Civil War. WENDT CENTER, from page 7

on, start dating: "People get done with your grief really quickly." Then there were the children. "Oh they were angry, so angry," she said. Her 3-year-old daughter was breaking her own toys. "Daddy was her best friend. He was a stay-athome dad." The family began grief counseling together and then did individual counseling. "It's hard to be 'other' as an adult,' Gorman said. "It's incredibly hard to be 'other' as a child. It's really hard to be the kid with the dead dad." What really clicked for her 8-yearold son was group therapy, she said. "That has really helped in his healing tremendously. To be not the only kid; this didn't only happen to me‌There was such a strong con-

nection that I've never seen in any other group of kids." Children, "who oftentimes play in the midst of their fears" need specialized care, Ley said, explaining that a lot of this is activity based. "Part of the work, particularly in a group setting, is to have experiential exercises," she said. In one activity, children decorate a mask, portraying what they show to the world on the outside and what they really feel on the inside. "Another exercise might be a small puzzle with pieces that might show what life was like before. And then you take the puzzle apart and you talk about what it was like when it was taken apart - you felt shattered - and then you talk about how you might put it back together." Children also work on memory boxes - a plain, white box like a cigar box that they decorate and fill with small mementos, photos, tickets and the like. "It becomes a very comforting, small, manageable item a child could go to when they're wanting to reconnect," Ley said.

As our nation commemorates the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the beginning of the American Civil War, we are reminded of the horrors endured as a people, both north and south. During the conflict, in which more would die than in all our other wars combined, some 620,000 soldiers and an unknown number of civilians died from wounds in battle, disease and starvation. The devastation and disruption of lives on a national level was reflected on the local level, among the 32 of our own parishes that were part of the Diocese of Maryland during the war. (The Diocese of Washington wasn't established until 1895.) Though not in the thick of battle on the scale endured by Episcopal churches in other areas of the country, these Remembering

During May's Camp-Forget-Me-Not, 52 children decorated small wooden sailboats in memory of their loved ones, and launched them, one at a time, onto the Severn River near Annapolis. At last year's Memorial Day remembrance organized by the Wendt Center, family members and friends honored their loved ones by releasing 200 butterflies into the sky. And during a 2008 DC City-Wide Homicide Commemorative Event at St. Matthew's Memorial Baptist Church, Anacostia, family members of homicide victims came forward, spoke the name of their loved one and lit a candle. "It was very moving and at the same time appalling that this many families had been affected by murder, and particularly how many children sometimes multiple times," said Tom Cooke, president of the center's board of directors and a parishioner of St. John's, Georgetown. In addition to these thoughtfully planned commemorations, the center also coordinates short-notice candlelight vigils around the city, often in

parishes suffered the uncertainties that come with conflict: dwindling food and medical supplies, separation from loved ones, travel restrictions, and even loss of the church building to other purposes. On Trinity Sunday, 1862, this Church, with others, was taken possession of by the military authority, and held as a hospital for six months, under plea of necessity. The Methodist church, on the corner of G and 14th streets, and Willard's Hall, were kindly offered us, and used until our restoration. - Charles H. Hall, Rector, Epiphany Parish, Washington, D.C., 1863 Diocesan records chronicle five years of adapting to the heart-breaking and the unforeseen on a daily basis, as people attempted to maintain a sense of normalcy and order in their lives. On the diocesan level, normalcy adapted to needs must. The 1861 Diocesan Convention was canceled because of rioting in Baltimore between secessionists and Union troops, a situation which raised tensions even higher in Maryland, where slavery was legal. see CIVIL WAR, page 9 the aftermath of violent crime. These are sometimes held outside the person's house, with police blocking off the street. "Sometimes the family knows what they want to do; have a prayer, pass out a little memorial of the person," Cooke said. "This isn't a complicated service. It isn't a religious service, but it's a chance for the person to be honored." "Death comes in so many different ways," Ley said. "There is the whole range of experiences." The journey to healing is different for everyone, also. While the support group Ratigan and Gorman joined no longer meets, its members remain in contact with each other, bonded in ways that are difficult to describe. "I don't think I've ever dealt with something so complex in my life," Gorman said. "You just don't have a clue unless you've gone through it." Going through it, she found friendship and support at the Wendt Center, founded by an Episcopal priest who believed that "no-one should have to grieve alone."



September/October 2011 | CIVIL WAR, from page 8 Reading between the lines of Maryland Bishop William Rollinson Whittingham's opening address at the 1862 convention, the emotional residue of the Union occupation of Baltimore is apparent: "I should have much to say, were my unaided private sense of duty to dictate my course. But I defer to the judgment of respected brethren of both orders when I waive all discussion of the reasons why so long an interval has elapsed since last we were assembled, and forego, together with the exercise of my official privilege of discoursing to my brethren of the Clergy in the delivery of a Charge touching on their duty and mine in our present trials, the gratification of my own earnest longings to set before the people of my Diocese views which seem to me of great concernment, in relation to our common obligations as Christian men in the conjunctures which have been and still are so seriously pressing on us." Throughout the war, accommodation had to be made for priests who had come north without regular canonical transfer, and for churches here whose priests had left their parishes to serve as military chaplains. The Diocesan Mission Committee reported, "The visitation with which it has pleased God to afflict our beloved country has well nigh paralyzed the recently very promising Missionary movements of the Church in this Diocese," while rectors such as Joshua Morsell of Christ Church, Washington Parish, gamely stated, "This church still continues amid all the trying discouragements of the time to maintain a moderate degree of healthfulness and prosperity." Port Tobacco being a military post, I have been appointed Post Chaplain. The soldiers are well supplied with Testaments, Prayer Books, and Tracts. When circumstances admit, they attend Church, and conduct themselves with order and propriety. - Lemuel Wilmer, Rector, Port Tobacco Parish, Charles County, 1863 Not all parishes were so lucky. "The Parish has suffered very materially during the past year in consequence of the presence of a large number of regiments. Our Church building in the village has been occupied, and somewhat defaced…and the old Church building utterly ruined," reported William H. Trapnell, rector

of St. Peter's Parish in Montgomery County, in 1863. Parishes in the city of Washington weren't spared similar occupations. In addition to Epiphany, Grace and Trinity churches also were commandeered for a time as military hospitals, and the tower of Christ Church, Capitol Hill was used as a Union lookout post. The same discord that caused the war was sometimes evident in congregations. Parish lore has more than one rector preaching with a gun on his pulpit because of his having different allegiances than some of his parishioners. Still, Bishop Whittingham could write in 1864, "A growing disposition to fulfil [sic] the law of Christ, by bearing one another's burdens, proving our own work, and so seeking rejoicing in ourselves alone, and not over others, has been manifest in all directions." This was written soon after the Battle of the Wilderness in central Virginia, where 30,000 men died in combat and hundreds of the wounded burned to death, trapped in the dense underbrush. The horrors of war were never far from the daily ministries of parish life. This Parish is still suffering from the effects of the war, though we hope by the Divine blessing it will speedily recover therefrom; the inability adequately to support the Gospel so sensibly felt during our political troubles will, we trust, cease with returning prosperity." - William H. Trapnell, Rector, St. Peter's Parish, Montgomery County, 1865 On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. Soon after, other Confederate forces began their surrender and the war came to an end. At the Diocesan Convention in Baltimore on May 30, Bishop Whittingham began his address with "Dear Brethren, our customary record of events and changes must begin with recognition of God's gracious mercy, through which we are permitted once more to assemble in such strength of numbers and of means, to take counsel for the prosecution of the work committed to us." Through their faith in God and in each other, these parishes had weathered the conflict and would now turn to their new ministry of healing the wounds of war. Photos by Leta Dunham

Trinity, D.C., (top) and Grace, Georgetown were commandeered for a time as military hospitals during the Civil War.


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Photo by Leta Dunham

Photographer Tom Wolff sets up his tripod at St. John’s, Broad Creek.

Documenting the diocese’s parishes By Lucy Chumbley


n recent months, passersby might have observed a wildhaired, moon-faced man in a hat crouched among the tombstones of one of the Diocese of Washington's parishes. They might have seen him circle the church slowly, studying cupolas and cemetery angels and appraising the angles and the light, before raising his apparatus and shooting. Meet Tom Wolff, who for the last year has traversed the approximately 1,864 square miles of the diocese in his 27-year-old Honda to photograph its 89 parishes. The Parish Photo Project began last summer at the behest of canon to the ordinary Paul Cooney. Overseen by Leta Dunham, a diocesan contractor who also photographed a number of the parishes, the project sought to obtain high quality images of each church in the diocese. "Though the diocese is home to churches constructed over a 350-year period in a range of architectural styles, we realized we had no comprehensive photographic record of them," Cooney said. "Our goal was to produce a series of professional photographs for parish and diocesan use that showed our churches in their best light." The photographs have appeared in the Window, on the new diocesan website,, and will be available to individual parishes on request. Wolff, whose work has appeared in

the Washington Post Magazine, House & Garden, Garden Design, Smithsonian, Audubon and the New York Times Magazine began the project at St. John's, Mount Rainier, near his home. He planned his trips on MapQuest, visiting a handful of churches on each excursion, and became adept at spotting signs bearing the Episcopal shield. During the course of the project Wolff, who is Roman Catholic, developed great affection for the Episcopal "brand" and also amassed a large amount of parish trivia which he shares with gusto. On a recent Friday morning with thunderclouds threatening, he was squinting at St. John's, Broad Creek through his lens. "This is perfect, this building," he said, standing in the cemetery among ground-nesting wasps and waving a hand toward the church's weathered pink brickwork. "It's beautiful. Everything about it is really pretty." He peers through the lens again. "The only thing that's wrong with it is the lamp over the door. They should replace it with something more interesting, more in keeping with the church." Though rain is imminent, overcast days like this are just right for exterior photos, he said, because there is less contrast between the sunny and shady sides of the building. "An overcast day is sort of a free day - you can go anywhere." Sometimes he made multiple trips to the same church, to get the lighting just right.

"You can't just drive down there and get out of the car and take a picture with these places," he said. "Sometimes the church would be east facing, so you'd go in the afternoon and get a dark façade." Some churches with a north/south alignment, such as Transfiguration, Silver Spring, had to be photographed on an overcast day. "One church I really liked was [Christ] Chaptico," he said. "I arrived early and realized there was no way to photograph it until the sun was going down. So I ran off and shot another parish and went back. I must have been there for several hours." During that time he absorbed a little parish history: "The English used it as a stable in the War of 1812," he said. "And Francis Scott Key's mother is buried there. That's what the ladies doing the flowers told me." Some churches - like St. Barnabas', Laytonsville - were difficult to find. "But I found it. I went there twice, actually. I went there three days. Once it was absolutely dark - it was 7 p.m. on a winter's night and that was way too late." On the longer drives, Wolff took his wife, Beth, and 5-year-old son, James, along for the ride. "I would take Beth and James on all the ones in St. Mary's County because it was such a long way, and it was entertainment for them," Wolff said. "The churches were such destinations. I think the diocese should do a bus trip." While Wolff worked, Beth and James explored the churchyard.

"Beth would teach him words written on tombstones," Wolff said. On trips to Southern Maryland, "we'd go to this place - Capt. Billy's Crab House - and get crabs and seafood," he said. "There's a church near there - Nanjemoy." At St. James', Indian Head he arrived to find the nave filled with cots for the Warm Nights program, and a cadre of volunteers preparing a meal in the parish kitchen. More typically, he said, the churches he visited were deserted on Saturdays - unless the flower guild was there. "Sometimes there's people visiting a grave," he said. "Sometimes there are people on picnics. But mostly they were really under used. Not once did anyone ask what I was doing." Well, maybe once. At St. George's, D.C. Because there had been some recent trouble in the neighborhood. "That's the good thing and the bad thing about them," Wolff said. "They're just kind of accepting." At some churches Wolff shot interiors and other details that caught his eye, such as the tombstone of an astronaut he found at St. John's. "I didn't recognize the name but they called him a space pioneer and there was a picture of a rocket on his grave and the moon," he said. "You'd come across these tragedies; four children lost within a year of each other. It was really sad. Or there'd be a tombstone with a lamb on it." "It was fun to explore them," he said. "There's always a detail about a church that's the one."



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September/October calendar activities&

events Summer book reading

Sept. 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the undercroft of St. Bartholomew's, Laytonsville. "When Jesus Became God" by George Mason University professor Richard Rubenstein.;

Fish Fry at Christ, Clinton Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ, Clinton, 8710 Old Branch Ave. Fish Dinner $8.

Annual Labor Day Supper Sept. 5, noon to 5 p.m. at St. Paul's, Piney, 4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf. 117th Labor Day Supper - a Southern Maryland tradition! Menu includes: all-you-can-eat fresh fried chicken, country ham, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, many vegetables and relishes. 301/645-5000,;

PFLAG Support Groups Sept. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. George's, Glenn Dale; first Mondays. Metro DC PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) offers support groups for adults and youth (13-18). Meet throughout the year. Open to all; led by trained facilitators; confidential. Contact or 301/4451998.

Making Space for Joy in Youth Ministry Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Bishop Walker School, 3640 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE DC. Workshop with Donald Taylor to acquire tools for guiding discussions and leading community-building games so youth may grown in their connection with God and each other. Contact or 202/352-2108 or visit

Fish Fry at Transfiguration Sept. 10, 1 to 8 p.m. at Transfiguration, Silver Spring, 13925 New Hampshire Ave. Fish or Chicken Dinner - sides & drink $12; Fish or Chicken Sandwich - fries & drink $6. Contact or 301/3384-6264.

Fundraising Golf Tournament Sept. 12. Calvary, D.C., will hold its Second Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Potomac Ridge Golf Course, 15800 Sharpersville Road Waldorf, Md. Format is 4 player scramble Captains Choice. Competition includes longest drive, closest the pin and Four Hole-in-One contests. Registration $100 per player. Proceeds support Homeless Ministry. Call

202/546-8011 or 301/893-0115.

Lunch N Learn (Older Adult Ministries) Sept. 14, noon to 2 p.m. at St. Luke's, D.C., 15th & P Streets NW. "Mentoring and raising new leaders in our parishes" presented by the Rev. Robyn Franklin-Vaughn is the topic at the monthly lunch for older adult ministries. Sponsored by Seabury Resources for Aging. RSVP by Sept. 12 to Annie Shaw 202/414-6314 or

Leadership Development Workshops Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Paul's, Piney, 4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf. Three simultaneous workshops for parish leadership - lay & clergy: Leading Planned Change; Managing our Differences: Polarities; Church Size and Its Implications. Register at

Community Day Sept. 17, 4 p.m. at Christ, Clinton, 8710 Old Branch Ave. Vendors, food, games, music, performances and fun. Beautiful Pet Contest, Battle of the Bands, Kid's Zone & Moon Bounce.

Seabury at Friendship Terrace Open House Sept. 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW DC. Tour the community, meet staff, light refreshments. Affordable retirement living in the Tenleytown neighborhood.

ECW Dinner and Silent Auction Sept. 24, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn - Laurel. The ECW in the Diocese of Washington is hosting a dinner and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Bishop John Bryson Chane Scholarship for Social Justice. Theme is "Our Lights Shine Brightly by Sharing Our Gifts." Fall Festival: Ham & Oyster Dinner Sept. 24, 2 to 7 p.m. at Trinity, Upper Marlboro. Baked goods table, door prizes. Adults/$20; Children 12 & under/$10; 5 & under/free. Contact, 301/627-5077 or visit

Paul's, Piney, 4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf. Local appraisers will be available to give a verbal statement of value to your attic treasures, jewelry, coins, glass, toys, and fine art items. $5 each for first two items, $10 for each additional item. Refreshments/lunch available for purchase.

Seminar On Life Planning Issues Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon at Atonement, D.C., 5073 East Capitol Street, SE. A seminar on wills, power of attorney, estate planning, and planned giving. Presenters from Seabury Resources for the Aging, a lawyer, and an expert on wills. Light refreshments. Contact or 301/262-9425or visit

Installation of Thomas R. Stevens as Head of School Sept. 25, 4 p.m. at St. John's Church and School, Olney, 3427 Olney Laytonsville Road. Reception following.

Roland L. Keech Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at White Plains Golf Course, 1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains Md. St. Paul's, Piney's annual golf tournament. The format of the tournament is a Captain's Choice with 4-player teams. Any level golfer, from beginner to advanced welcome. Prizes will be awarded and a luncheon follows the golf.;

St. Timothy's 67th Annual Homecoming Oct. 1-2, at St. Timothy's, 3601 Alabama Avenue, SE DC. Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to noon on the front lawn: Blessing of Animals (pet owners may bring their pets to receive a blessing.) Oct. 2, 9 a.m.: Festival Eucharist & Sermon, followed by a Gala Reception. The Rev. Dionne B. Moore of Fort Foote Baptist Church in Fort Washington, Md., will be the guest preacher.

George's, Glenn Dale 7010 Glenn Dale Road. Three simultaneous workshops for parish leadership - lay & clergy: Leading Planned Change; Leadership for Our Times; Organizational Systems Theory.

Bounty of the Sea Crab Feast Oct. 1, 12:30 to 3;30 p.m. at St. Thomas', Croom, 14300 St. Thomas Church Road, Upper Marlboro. Allyou-can-eat! Kids' menu, too! Adult tickets: $45/each; tickets for children 6-12: $20/each; kids under 6 years eat for free. Call 301/627-8469 for tickets.

Women's Day Sunday Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Comforter, D.C., 701 Oglethorpe Street, NW. Speaker is Maureen Bunyan, television news broadcaster and primary anchor for ABC7., 301/869-5797

All Souls Open House Oct. 8, noon to 3 p.m. at All Souls Memorial, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW DC. Featuring clowns, balloons, face-painting, food, tours of the stained glass windows of the church, and much more. Blessing of the Animals for St. Francis' Day 3 p.m.

Flower Demonstration and Lecture Oct. 12, 10 a.m. at the Metropolitan Methodist Church, Nebraska Avenue NW. Linda Roeckelein, renowned flower designer and Flower Guild Coordinator at Washington National Cathedral's Altar Guild, will give a Flower Demonstration and Lecture to benefit the House of Mercy's Rosemount Day Care Center. $35., 202-506-5837

Rummage Sale Oct. 15, : 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Undercroft at Our Saviour, Silver Spring. Sale will feature clothing, books, household items, bake sale and special snack bar. Come have lunch and shop.

Business Administration Workshop for Parish Leaders

30th Anniversary of Christian Communities Group Homes

Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue. Join members of the Finance and Human Resource Committees for updates on parish budgeting, audit preparation, financial reports, rector searches, 2012 Diocesan health plans and recommended cost of living adjustments. Beneficial for rectors, wardens, treasurers, finance committee members. Contact 202/537-6522.

Oct. 15, noon to 2 p.m. at the Christian Communities Group Homes, 2501 18th Street, NE DC. Zumba Fitness demonstration, food, and fun! CCGH has been providing housing for formerly homeless older adults for 30 years. It also provides home cleaning and yard work service for older adults in DC so that they may remain more safely at home. Info: 202/635-9384 ext. 101

Leadership Development Workshops

All Souls Parish Dinner

Appraiser Fair @ St. Paul’s, Piney Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St.

Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St.

St. Paul's Parish Crab Feast Sept. 24, 4 p.m. at St. Paul's, Baden, 13500 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine. Crab Feast plus side dishes, fried chicken, hotdogs, beverages catered by Thompson's Seafood. Bake table; door prizes. Info: Mary Jane 301/579-2230; Wanda 301/8889217 office 301/579-2643.

Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at All Souls Memorial, 2300 Cathedral Avenue,



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NW DC. In honor of the church's centennial: a 1911 Parish Dinner: Hors d'oeuvres 6:30 p.m.; Dinner 7 p.m. Featuring food from the turn of the century. Feel free to dress in period costume.

African Palms Mission Sunday Oct. 16, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at St. John's, Olney, 3427 OlneyLaytonsville Rd. Dr. William Chester, a Rockville-based anesthesiologist, will speak about his work with African families through the Paul Chester Children's Hope Foundation.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew Potomac Assembly Oct. 29, noon to 3 p.m. at Atonement, D.C., 5073 East Capitol Street, SE. Annual Planning Session for Brotherhood Chapters in the Diocese of Washington. Hosted by the Atonement Chapter.

Women's Day Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvary, D.C. Celebrate the role of women & girls at a 10 a.m. Worship Service with a special guest speaker. Brunch with live jazz/gospel music entertainment will follow. For details contact MaryRose Chappelle at 202/396-6676.


music Gospel Program

Sept. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Philip's, Baden, 13801 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine. Featuring several Gospel groups in the surrounding community. $10 donation. Contact or 202/303-8664

Herbert Howells Requiem Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at St. John's, Lafayette Square, 1525 H

Street NW DC. The St. John's Choir will offer the "Requiem" in liturgical context.

Arts@Midday Sept. 16, 12:15 to 1 p.m. at St. Alban's, D.C. Recital of music by Franz Liszt inspired by Italian artworks with pianist Sonya Sutton. Free.

M Street Brass Concert Sept. 24 at St. Luke's, Bethesda, 6030 Grosvenor Lane. Light supper immediately after the 5 p.m. service, followed by a concert of sacred and secular music by the M Street Brass. 240/417-5873

Budrus Screening Sept. 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Mark's, Capitol Hill, 3rd and A St Streets, SE. St. Mark's Mid-East Working Group is sponsoring this award winning documentary. 6:30 p.m. snacks/seating, 7 p.m. film and discussion. $5 donation. Budrus is the story of a Palestinian community joined by Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to halt Israel's Separation Barrier. or 202/543-3054.

Choir Concert @ All Saints Sept. 30, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at All Saints, Chevy Chase, 3 Chevy Chase Circle. Featuring the boys of St. Thomas Choir, New York City, directed by John Scott. Free. 301/654-2488 or

Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 12;15 p.m. at St. John's, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street NW. The St. John's Choir will offer Leonard Bernstein's, "Chichester Psalms" during the 11a.m. Festival Service.

Choral Evensong Oct. 2, 5 p.m. at Christ, Georgetown, 31st and O Streets, NW. The music

THC opens Fort View Apartments

of William Smith, George Dyson, and H. Balfour Gardiner, sung by the professional Choir of Christ Church. Free. For information: 202-333-6677 or

First Wednesdays at St. John's Concert Series Oct. 5, noon to 12:45 p.m. at St. John's, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street NW. The Army Chorus, with Benjamin Hutto, organ. Free.

The Chane Gang Oct. 14, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Washington Episcopal School, 5600 Little Falls Pkwy, Bethesda. Join us as the Diocese of Washington bids a fond farewell to Bishop John and Karen Chane - and they to the diocese - with a last gathering of The Chane Gang. Music, refreshments, dancing & tons of fun. Donations accepted at the door. Proceeds from the evening will go the Bishop John T. Walker School and Diocesan Latino Ministry.

Avenue. St. Andrew's will dedicate its columbarium and inter the ashes of 10 former members. For names please contact the church office at 301/8648880. Your attendance and prayers are welcome.

Fall Sunday Worship Schedule Sept. 18. Atonement, D.C. returns to its fall Sunday Worship schedule: Holy Eucharist at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with coffee hour following the 11 a.m. service. Sunday School and Adult Bible Class at 10 a.m.

Samaritan Ministry: Festive Eucharist & Picnic Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral. Samaritan Ministry celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Festive Eucharist followed by a free picnic on the Cathedral Close. R. Carter Echols, former executive director, will preach; Bishop John Bryson Chane will preside.

Blessing of the Animals

Oct. 16, 5 p.m. at Christ, Georgetown. The music of Herbert W. Sumsion, Charles Gounod, and William Mundy, sung by the professional Choir of Christ Church. Free. For information call 202-333-6677,

Oct. 2, 3 to 4 p.m. at Atonement, D.C., 5073 East Capitol Street, SE. A service conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures. The blessing respects the loving bond between us and our pets in the circle of life in common relationship to our Creator.


All Souls Centennial

Oct. 16, 12:15 to 1 p.m. at St. Alban's, D.C. Recital of music by Franz Liszt inspired by Italian artworks with pianist Sonya Sutton. Free.

Oct. 16 at All Souls Memorial, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW DC. Low Mass 8:30 a.m., sermon by the rector; High Mass 11 a.m., sermon by Bishop John Bryson Chane; Choral Evensong 4 p.m., sermon by the Rev. Deborah Meister, new rector of St. Alban's, D.C. Afternoon Tea follows Evensong. www.allsoulsdc

Choral Evensong


worship Columbarium Dedication

Sept. 18, 10:30 to noon at St. Andrew's, College Park, 4512 College

Bishop John Bryson Chane gave the benediction at the June 29 ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Fort View Apartments, a 62 unit mixed income affordable rental housing complex in Brightwood (Ward 4). THC Affordable Housing initiated the Fort View project in 2007 with support from the Diocese of Washington through a $200,000 working capital loan that has since been repaid. In her remarks at the ceremony, THC executive director Polly Donaldson said: "In January 2005, Bishop Chane issued a call to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and to Episcopal/Lutheran/faith-

based organizations such as THC, to address the moral issue of providing more affordable housing in the District. And I am proud to say that he helped put diocesan financial resources in place to match his words, for which we are very grateful." One-third of the Fort View apartments will be for very low income families supported through the District of Columbia's Local Rent Supplement Program, and THC is providing a resident services program with volunteer opportunities for parishes. Contact for more information on THC's housing and services program.



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Hallowed be your name BEARINGS: How many Christians know what the opening of the Lord's PrayerHallowed be your namereally means? It's a prayer that owns up to a crisis, getMartin L. Smith ting right into God's face. No wonder the early church devised the introduction "as our Savior Christ has commanded and taught us, we are bold to say," admitting that the prayer is so blatantly frank that we need reminding who gave us the right to pray it. The crisis is that God's name, God's honor, reputation, integrity, has been disgraced by the infidelity of his own people. We have made God irrelevant, incredible or disgusting to millions of our fellow beings whose image of God has been deformed by our spiritual impotence and stupidities. Our dilute 'updated' version of Christianity has reduced God to a benign figure of fixed smiles, who doesn't do much except refrain from anything 'judgmental' that would interfere with our project of maintaining self-esteem. Or our vehement

religiosity has projected a God who behaves amorally, or sanctions violence and displays favoritism. But what has most drastically stripped God's name of its holiness is our habit of taking the authority that belongs to the Creator alone and investing it in mere human institutions, the 'word of human hands'; the perennial sin of idolatry. To cry, "Father, hallowed be your name" is a confession brought on by the crisis we have created through idolatry, and an urgent pledge to desacralize the institutions we have been falsely treating as sacred, and let God alone be holy. A lot of the current malaise in our own country and in the world today is a consequence of being forced to recognize that institutions we have been falsely treating as sacred are in fact only provisional, fallible human fabrications. I was struck the other day listening to one of the daily radio programs on economic affairs. A pundit high up in the affairs of the multi-national corporations used the word 'sacred' about 20 times in just a few minutes to describe the instruments and machinery of global capitalism. We have gotten to the point where questioning the ultimate validity of the transnational capitalist system and the authority of its secretive priesthood is the equivalent of blasphemy. Now

when the system is imploding here, and exploding there, there is frantic activity to shore up our faith in this 'divine' dispensation ruled by the corporate angels. It's too late to prevent us from seeing the idol has feet of clay, but the powers that be cannot allow doubts to spread about how much more of it is made of fragile base materials that could give way and bring everything crashing down. But only God is divine, only God's name is holy. Supposing capitalism as we know it today is only provisional, no more eternal than feudalism was, and that God's urgent will is for something better, something more just. Then there is the crisis of American self-confidence, which may be a salutary crisis, very suited to give a fresh impetus to the Lord's prayer. Think how Americans have invested our own nationhood with a sacred character stolen from the name of God. We see how popular in some quarters is the delusion that the Constitution itself is a sacred, eternal revelation, rather than a great achievement of the 18th century, but one that has potential flaws that are beginning to open up. The horror roiling the political scene shows the difficulty of admitting that this 'sacred revelation' can't guarantee that government won't lead us into a blind alley of prolonged political deadlock and impotence.

And if we 'hallow the name' of our own military might, sacrificing more of our resources on its altar than all the rest of the world spends on arms, if we depend on the myth that American might must be right this time, what happens when we simply don't know how to make up endings for our war stories any more? War is justified by made-up stories. It is not a divine mandate at all. What if we don't know how to end the stories spun by our costly prolonged foreign interventions? To pray, 'hallowed be your name' is to appeal to God to help us restore to his name all the worship we have invested in, and the authority we have falsely attributed to fallible schemes of our own devising. Believers have been here before; Jesus in teaching us this prayer was reviving the words of the great prophet Ezekiel who trusted that God would re-sanctify his own name, which we have weakened and debased. "I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when through you I display my holiness before your eyes." (36:23) Martin L. Smith is a well-known spiritual writer and priest. He is the senior associate rector at St. Columba's, D.C.



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MONTHLY MEDITATION Our mandate to protect the planet


John Chrysostom Commemoration: Sept. 13 Time and place: Born in Antioch, southeastern Turkey, in 347; died en route to Pitiunt on the Black Sea (now Georgia) in 407 Revered as: One of the four Greek Doctors of the Church Story in brief: Born to Greco-Syrian parents in Antioch, John Chrysostom went on to study under the theologian and monastic reformer Diodore of Tarsus. He became a monk in about 373, living as a hermit and memorizing the Bible. Later ordained as a deacon and priest, he became known for his accessible Biblical insights and his eloquence. He wrote a series of homilies and became a champion of the poor, speaking out against the abuse of wealth. In 398, Chrysostom was called as Archbishop of Constantinople, a position he did not relish because of the wealth and privilege it conveyed to him. His scorn for the high life made him unpopular with the clergy and society and beloved of the poor and downtrodden. He made a particular enemy of Aelia Eudoxia, the wife of the emperor, Arcadius. A synod was held against him in 403 and he was banished, despite the protest of Pope Innocent I. This caused an outcry among the people, and he was swiftly brought back, to be banished once more when he denounced a silver statue of Eudoxia that had been erected near the Haiga Sofia, his cathedral. Exiled in the Armenian Caucasus, Chrysostom continued to write pastoral letters to his flock in Constantinople. For this transgression he was sent further afield, and he died during the journey to Pitiunt on the Black Sea. His last words were said to be, "Glory be to God for all things."

rowsing the fresh produce at the farm market where I shop, it occurred to me how often I take for granted the rich resources and abundant greenery of our world - or at least the part I live in. I would hazard a guess that many of you take earth's abundance for granted, too. Having made the change from a primarily agricultural to a primarily industrial and information-based society, the seasons and cycles of the earth are less obvious to us than they were to our ancestors whose livelihood depended on the land. In other parts of the world, these cycles are still obvious, most notably in Africa, which is in the middle of a devastating drought and famine. Most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about stewardship of the earth. Yet stewardship of the earth is of prime importance in the Bible, which opens with the creation story in Genesis when God named Adam (and his descendants) as the one(s) responsible to care for the earth and the creatures who dwell there. The Bible says that the earth belongs not to us but to God. (Leviticus 25:23) The people who gave us the Hebrew scriptures that are part of our Bible saw themselves as stewards of God's land, with an obligation to treat the land with respect, care for it, preserve it and share its resources with the poor. We who follow the Bible understand ourselves as stewards of the earth, too, with the responsibility to use resources rightly, and call upon those in

authority who represent us to do the same. There are many things we can do personally to help protect the earth and our environment. We can reduce, reuse and recycle. We can support the companies who are the most environmentally responsible. We can call on our public servants to protect our parks, wetlands and waterways, and manage our agricultural sector in such a way as to minimize the negative impact on poorer countries. We can buy only the things we actually need, instead of everything we want. We can conserve fuel and energy. We can minimize or eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on our lawns and gardens that end up polluting streams and rivers. We can teach our children to be wise consumers, and good stewards of the land. We can share what we have with organizations whose goal it is to provide for people affected by famine and drought so that the earth's resources can be shared by all of God's people. As we enjoy all the pleasures of the great outdoors, and the abundant fresh fruit and vegetables in our farm markets and on our tables, let's be mindful of those who are hungry. Let us also be mindful of whose earth it is that we enjoy, thank God for it, and care for it as God's well loved creation, for that is what it is. The Rev. Martha Wallace is a priest of the Diocese of Washington.

CLERGYupdates Deborah Meister has been called as the new rector of St. Alban's, D.C. She comes to the diocese from Christ, New Brunswick, NJ, and will assume her new role on Sept. 21. Gwendolyn Tobias, director of worship at Washington National Cathedral, will leave her position in the fall to accept a call to serve as associate priest at her home parish, St. Joseph's in Boynton Beach, Fla. Mary Sulerud stepped down from her position as the diocese's canon for deployment and vocational ministry to join the Cathedral Worship Department full-time in August. She will serve as interim director of worship following Tobias's departure. Preston Hannibal, the diocese's canon for academic ministries, has taken on all transitional ministry responsibilities including deployment and the Holy Orders process in addition to his regular responsibilities following Sulerud's departure. John Daniels (newly appointed chaplain at The School at Church Farm in Exton, Pa.), Jane Hague, Marian Humphrey (part-time assistant at St. John's, Broad Creek) and James Livingston (newly appointed assistant chaplain at St. Margaret of Scotland School in the Diocese of Los Angeles) were ordained to the

diaconate on June 4. Andrew Walter began as the new rector of Grace, Silver Spring on June 1. He previously served as assistant at St. Luke's, Darian, Conn. Michael Angell is the new assistant rector at St. John's, Lafayette Square. Angell is a newly ordained priest from the Diocese of San Diego. Justi Schunior is the new assistant rector at St. Mark's, Capitol Hill. Schunior previously served as assistant rector at Christ, Alexandria, Va. Timothy Boggs, a priest of the Diocese of Washington, has been called to serve as rector at St. Albans, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. David MacDonald stepped down as rector of Christ, Durham in August to accept a call as rector to St. Luke's, Sea Cliff, N.Y., in the Diocese of Long Island. Connie Jenson is retiring as rector of Christ, Wayside. She will reside in North Carolina. Virginia Brown-Nolan began as interim rector at St. Mark's, Fairland on August 1. Donna Brown, rector of St. Mark's, Fairland and Kenneth Brown, part-time associate at St. Mark's, are retiring to Tennessee. Sherrill Page has been called as the new rector of Ascension, Lexington Park.

Caron Gwynn is the new priest-incharge at St. Timothy's D.C. She previously served as interim at Ascension, Lexington Park. Christopher Wilkins has been named priest-in-charge at Christ, Chaptico. Enrique Brown has been called as the senior priest at St. Matthew's, Hyattsville. Co-rector Noreen Seiler Dubay has left to pursue new ministries. Rona Harding accepted a call to be an interim in Durango, Colo., and left Trinity, Hughesville in May. Nancy James is serving as parttime interim at Trinity, Hughesville. Heather Patton-Graham has been called as the Lower School chaplain at St. Albans School. She previously served as associate rector at St. Thomas, Whitemarsh in Fort Washington, Pa. Janet Zimmerman has been called as chaplain to St. Patrick's School. She previously served as curate at All Saints' in Austin, Texas. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander has been named acting chaplain to the Middle and Upper Schools St. Andrew's School, Potomac. She previously served as vicar of Grace, City Island (The Bronx), NY. Jason Cox, is the new assistant rector at St. Columba's, D.C. He previously served in the Diocese of Los Angeles.



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WINDOW ON FILM By Beth Lambdin

Horrible Bosses (Rated R) This is a fast-paced, foul-mouthed, not-bad film from director Seth Gordon, whose previous credits include the fascinating documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007), about video game fanatics. The film stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Michael Day as Nick, Kurt and Dale, three average Joes (and friends), and responsible employees saddled with nightmare bosses. The bosses from hell, played smug and sadistic by Kevin Spacey, predatory and lascivious by Jennifer Aniston, and drunk and coked-out by Colin Farrell, make their days not just horrible, but terrible, no good and very, very bad. Stuck in their jobs for personal reasons (including blackmail, a sex offender charge and a tanking economy), they draw inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock's murder mystery Strangers on a Train (1951), which they confuse with the Danny Devito/Billy Crystal vehicle, Throw Momma from the Train (1987). After seeking advice from an opportunistic hitman, (Jamie Foxx), the boys decide to murder their bosses. But, since they are bumbling milquetoasts, their efforts are more amusing than menacing. Riffing on a number of buddy films, including the wildly successful Hangovers (2009, 2011), the film is hardly original. Still, there are several reasons to see it. The performances are uniformly good, and two stand out: Jennifer Aniston's as the sexually offensive dentist gleefully toying with the hapless Charlie Day. Although the material is wildly inappropriate, her comedic timing is superb. And Day's is a break-out performance; he's the Zach Galifianakis character from the Hangovers, but less odd and more relatable, which gives the film more universal appeal. While most of us don't have bosses that stoop this low, we do carry a tale or two of workplace


Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) The film opens strong, sags in the middle, then redeems itself in the end, clichĂŠd material elevated by a dream cast. The film tells three overlapping stories. First we follow Steve Carell as Cal, whose long marriage to Emily (Julianne Moore) dissolves when out of the blue she announces that she wants a divorce. Drinking his woes away in a trendy LA bar, he meets a major lothario, Jacob, (a charismatic Ryan Gosling), who teaches him how to pick up chicks. While an apt pupil, Cal is still smitten with Emily, and pines for his family. Second, we follow our playboy, Jacob, as he meets his match in the spunky Emma Stone, who plays Hannah, a new lawyer on the romantic rebound. When they're on screen the movie hums. Third, we follow Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), who acts out an obsessive crush on his little sister's hot babysitter (Analeigh Tipton). Inevitably these strands intersect, but not in realistic or believable ways. The film is sprinkled with eye-rolling soulmate references, and its tone is uneven. For example, Cal, supposedly a devoted family man, great father and overall good guy, treats one of his numerous one-night stands, Kate (an underused Marisa Tomei), abominably. She and we deserve better. Yet, there's a lot to like. Carell excels at playing the beaten-down-nerd man, but he's also convincing when he gets his groove back, Moore is strong as his conflicted partner, and Gosling is fabulous as a sexy guy hiding inner sensitivity. His performance is worth the price of admission; throwing Stone into the mix creates cinematic heaven.

Friends With Benefits (R) Charismatic leads, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, buoyed by a superb supporting cast make this film directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) a satisfying movie experience. Earning the R rating, Timberlake frequently throws

around the "f" word, and there is a liberal sprinkling of naughty, direct sex talk during nude scenes that showcase the stars' perfect bodies. Although the film is predictable, it is also charming and emotionally moving. Timberlake plays Dylan, a Los Angeles-based art director recruited by the fast-talking Kunis who plays Jamie, an executive recruiter Dylan likens to a carny barker. Responding to the lure of a job at GQ, Dylan flies to New York City, and after meeting cute on the luggage turnstile, Jamie employs her considerable charms playing tour guide, selling New York City, and in the process selling herself. They slip into an easy, believable rapport. Looking to right themselves after recent break-ups, neither is interested in romantic entanglement. They agree to pursue a relationship mostly about sex - and to remain just, good friends. That works until it doesn't. Jamie and Dylan are likable with just enough idiosyncrasies to make them believable. And, like everyone else, they tote emotional baggage, which provides obstacles to overcome. Jamie grew up with a loving but eccentric, unreliable mother (played hilariously by the great Patricia Clarkson) and an absent father. Dylan grew up with a loving father (Richard Jenkins in yet another heart-rending portrayal), now addled by early Alzheimer's Disease, but a missing mother. Woody Harrelson is also good as Dylan's randy fellow GQer. The film, reveling in the spoken word, pays homage to numerous comedies of yesteryear and intentionally riffs on a clichĂŠd rom-com within the film. Reaching high, the film aspires to invoke classic romantic pairs like Tracy and Hepburn and Colbert and Gable. While it might be a stretch to put Dylan and Jamie in that company, you've got to admire the film for trying.

The Tree of Life (PG-13) Eagerly anticipated, writer/director Terrence Malick's latest work was both revered, winning the prestigious Palme d'Or, and reviled by an audi-

ence that booed it at the Cannes Film Festival. It is stunningly gorgeous and a confusing head-scratcher. The film opens with a quote from Job in which God asks Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth... when the morning stars sang together?" and then reveals its mysteries in a non-linear narrative loosely organized around big, unanswerable questions as they apply very specifically to one Waco, Texas family in the 1950s. The film's dreamy, leisurely pace is punctuated by long bouts of impressionistic images without dialogue, and skips back and forth in time over millions of years from when dinosaurs roamed the earth to the present day. The part I understood was about the family, the O'Briens, headed by a stern patriarch, played by Brad Pitt, a more free-spirited mother, played by lovely Jessica Chastain, and their three sons, with special attention devoted to the oldest, played by Hunter McCracken; he's scary-good. Mr. O'Brien, a civil engineer, also loves classical music and inventing things. But, when his dreams are thwarted, he unleashes his frustration on his family with Jack bearing the brunt of his disappointment. Sean Penn plays Jack in the present as a man scarred by his childhood, struggling to come to terms with his volatile father and the death of his younger brother. What I didn't understand was everything else. I caught elusive tendrils of intended parallels between a less-thanbenevolent God and the father. I think too we're supposed to ponder BIG questions about God, life and suffering. Then again, maybe Malick didn't intend any such thing, but merely created a gorgeous canvas so we could impose our own take on it. What I was left with was a deeper understanding of humans, who may not always behave well, but usually mean well. Agree? Disagree? Tell Beth your opinions at ONLINE EXTRA: Review of Beginners (Rated R)



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WHAT’S COOKING? The Diocesan Cookbook will print in early October. Copies will be available at the fall Regional Assemblies and also will be available to order online. Recipe submissions are no longer being accepted, but please consider sponsoring the cookbook. Purchasing an ad/tribute will offset the cost of production and increase the profit to the Hunger Fund. Personal ads are tax deductible and cost $25 per ¼ page, up to 50-word message. Please send a check payable to the Diocese of Washington with "cookbook donation" in the memo line, along with your message and a contact phone number to: Diocesan Cookbook, Episcopal Church House, Mount St. Alban, Washington, D.C., 20016.  Corporate ads cost $200/full page (5.75" wide by 7.5") and $100/half page (5.75" wide by 3.75"). Camera-ready ads can be e-mailed in pdf form to and will be invoiced. All proceeds will go to the diocesan Hunger Fund, which makes grants to feeding programs in all areas of the Diocese of Washington.

Our cartoon is drawn by Bob Erskine.

Passing through a place and changing FAMILY MATTERS: It all started on a gray February day when I received an email invitation from a colleague and clergyman to join his summer Celtic Margaret M. Treadwell Pilgrimage, carefully planned and fine honed over the past 18 years. He wrote, "Tourists pass through a place and stay the same. Pilgrims pass through and they become different." A readiness for change washed over me and I hit an instant "yes" reply. My first reward was a bibliography of suggested reading, which provided me with light in winter darkness. Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, John Philip Newell's Listening to the Heartbeat of God, Ian Bradley's Celtic Christianity and biography of St. Columba were among my highlights. The pilgrimage itinerary, designed to trace the rise and decline of Celtic religion, began in Wales, moved 28 of us by bus and ferry to Ireland and Scotland, then ended in York,

England. Monastic ruins, holy wells, ancient Celtic crosses, Iona Abbey, Durham and York Cathedrals came alive with historical significance under the tutelage of our superb guides. The guides suggested we ask two questions at each site, and a good friend asked me to return with my answer to the third: 1.What is it like to be in this place? What will you take away in your heart? 2. How is it different to experience this place with a group of pilgrims? 3. When did you first experience Jesus on the pilgrimage? A heart takeaway occurred on the second day when we gathered around our first holy well at Penmon Priory, a coastal monastery founded by Seiriol in the 6th century on the island of Anglesey, Wales. The group became hushed as we approached the rockprotected well of clear, cold water hidden in a beautiful green vale. A clergy leader spoke about holy wells as the source of life for pagan Druids who built their communities near them to experience the womb of Mother Earth. Later, the Celts sought balance between the dark properties of water such as storms that destroy life and the light represented in holy wells where God shines in nature and the goodness of creation. This tension

is reflected in their prayers and hymns, which we practiced on the bus from the Iona Worship Book for our daily worship services. We then reflected on what water means to us individually. I recalled my near drowning terror at age 12 when at the last moment I was mercifully pulled from the darkness into air and light. Suddenly I realized on a deep emotional level a truth I have long known intellectually: Light can be fully appreciated only when we experience it in contrast to darkness. Two pilgrims in particular gave me an opportunity to observe the balance of light and dark: One fractured an ankle requiring emergency room visits, a cast, and a wheelchair for the duration; another was hospitalized for three days. Both spoke about the positive impact a community of fellow pilgrims had on their recovery. Observing their courage and humor despite intense pain offered us insight into the Celtic way of balancing the tension of opposites and strategies to promote that balance through our efforts to help. I experienced Jesus for the first time in the most surprising way on the Island of Iona, known as a "thin place" between heaven and earth. I had not anticipated enjoying three pilgrims, a single father with his little

girls ages 8 and 6, the exact ages of two granddaughters I adore but wouldn't invite on an adult two-week spiritual journey. My plan to distance myself shattered when the 8-year-old began talking with me about her love of reading and memorization. She recited her lines from last Easter's pageant, when she insists to the soldiers that Jesus cannot have been killed "because I just saw him yesterday." His presence was palpable at that moment. During our last service at Whitby Abbey before pilgrimage's end she magnificently sang for us assembled worshipers, "To Everything There is a Season," culminating in the words, "Until we meet again may you keep safe in the gentle loving arms of God." I had been slipping into tourist mode when a child, rising above the darkness of her parents' recent separation, taught me what it is to be a pilgrim. I came home changed by her faith in Jesus, who opens our eyes to new possibilities in others and ourselves. Margaret M. "Peggy" Treadwell, LICSW, is a family, individual and couples therapist and teacher in private practice. She can be contacted at



September/October 2011 |

FAMILY FILMS By Judy Russell

The Mighty Macs (G) Based on the true story of the improbable victory of a newly formed all-girl basketball team winning the first national championship for women's basketball, this is an uplifting against-all-odds story. In 1971 Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) was hired to coach basketball at the small Catholic Immaculata College. She had never coached before. She had not even played on a varsity basketball team, but was ready for the challenge of forming a team that would play as a team. During this era when women were first allowed teams and tournaments, many universities were getting ready to take part in the newly created Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championship. Immaculata did not have a gym, uniforms for the girls to wear or money to support the team. The college was going broke and getting ready to sell the campus to developers. Yet this little school that "didn't have a prayer" grew into a basketball powerhouse. With the help of Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton), a booster club of elderly nuns, the town, and Cathy's husband, Ed Rush (David Boreanaz), this tiny team went on to win the first National Championship. The team helped save the school. In real life the team captured the championships from 1972-1974; three years in a row. It is a Cinderella story for women's basketball. Cathy Rush continued coaching and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Though audience members may know the outcome, they will find themselves on the edge of their seats, cheering.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) This prequel, about how man and apes would become enemies in the future, is full of engaging storylines and emotions. Director Rupert Wyatt has taken Rick Jaffa's screen interpretation of Pierre Boulle's La Planete des Singes (1963) and turned it into a feast for the eyes and the intellect. The story centers around the research work of Will Rodman (James Franco), a good-hearted scientist working for Gen Sys, a large pharmaceutical company. Will's interest is in Alzheimer's because his father, Charles Rodman (amazingly portrayed by John Lithgow), suffers from this terrible disease. Will believes he has found a cure.

His formula works on a female ape (Will calls her Bright Eyes). His drug causes new brain cells to grow so it may be able to help all sorts of brain diseases, disorders and injuries. But just as the drug is ready to take off, disaster strikes, the drug trials are ended, and all the test animals are put down…except one. Will cannot bring himself to destroy Caesar, the newborn son of Bright Eyes, so he illegally takes him to his own home to live. It isn't long before Will notices Caesar has the same elevation of intelligence as his mother; the gene therapy seems to have been passed through the pregnancy! Again illegally, he tries the drug on his father in a desperate but amazingly fruitful attempt to "bring him back" -if even for a little while. Sadly there are immune problems for humans who take the drug, and his father dies. When the authorities find out about Caesar, he is taken away to an animal shelter where he experiences the darker side of man's nature. The actions of the caretakers within the shelter will be upsetting to children and adults alike, but it sets the stage for a novel and rather violent escape designed by Caesar for himself and the other apes. The end of the movie may frighten some kids as it is so graphically shown, but adults may find themselves cheering for the apes. Make sure to stay for the first part of the credits since there is a very important map that shows the connection between this film's story and the other Planet of the Apes movies.

The Smurfs (PG) La-la-la-la-la-la - The Smurfs are on the big screen! This animated live action movie is a delightful tale of the cute little blue characters created by Peyo. As usual they find themselves under attack by Gargamel (wonderfully portrayed by Hank Azaria), but this time they all end up in New York City. The 3-D aspect of the film helps the adventure along as the Smurfs traverse waterfalls, scale roof tops, and execute a big, well-planned showdown with their nemesis while trying to return to their peaceful village full of little mushroom houses. There also is a sweet human side-story with the theme of following one's dreams while putting families first. In this story the Smurfs are sucked into a magical Blue-Moon portal that ends in Central Park while trying to escape from Gargamel and his funny, silly cat, Azriel. Gargamel and Azriel also go through the water tunnel and are soon hot on the Smurfs' trail. Gargamel plans to capture the Smurfs and squeeze them for the magical powers contained in their tears and sweat. The little blue guys decide to hide in a box of advertising papers

belonging to Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris). Once the box is carried into his home, Patrick and his pregnant wife, Grace (Jayma Mays), discover the cute group of stowaways. Many silly and exciting adventures follow as the Smurfs try to return home, and Patrick tries to help them and keep his job and sanity at the same time. Of course this movie follows the idea that no matter how bad the odds, the characters with truth and love on their side will win. This is a movie for children to enjoy with their parents. It might even offer parents a chance to talk with their children about what to do if they get separated or lost in a new place and what kind of people they can trust.

Zookeeper (PG) Zookeeper has a predictable plot that Kevin James has played before (Mall Cop), but this time the film has the added benefit of a zoo full of animals that talk. The lip syncing dialogue was excellent and helped make the conversations more believable. The romantic part of this story is also more believable since it is portrayed with a boyish charm and is not as over-the-top as in some of James' work. In the movie Griffin Keyes (James) is a zookeeper who has lost his true love and has been at the same low paying, low status zoo job for years. In fact he knows that his lack of status is the reason his love left him for “greener ($) fields.” He loves the zoo, the animals, and his job, but he is worried that maybe he should make a change. Since he has cared for these animals so long, he considers them "friends" and talks out his problems in front of them. In the evening when the zoo is closed and no people are around, these animals-Monkey voiced by Adam Sandler, Bear voiced by Jon Favreau, Giraffe voiced by Cher, Lion voiced by Sylvester Stallone- discuss how they could help him with his love life. They decide to break the Code of Silence, and tell him how to attract a mate. Of course these are not good ideas for humans to use, but he does them anyway to the delight of the younger viewers. Most of the humor may be smilefunny for adults, but the children in the audience will laugh out loud at the craziness on the screen. Needless to say, all works out just right for the zookeepers. Let's hope they all live "happily ever after." Judy Russell teaches music and performing arts at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. ONLINE EXTRA: Reviews of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Cowboys and Aliens (both PG-13).



September/October 2011 |

Isaac and Ishmael were brothers VIEWPOINT: Minarets were my steeples growing up, and the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, was my timekeeper. In Saudi Arabia I awoke at Fajr, the predawn call to Lucy Chumbley prayer, and listened to its cadences merge with the call from nearby mosques - sometimes harmonious, sometimes discordant. At midday - Dhuhr - I heard it through the sounds of traffic, watched people stop to pray by the side of the road. I heard it in the afternoon, Asr, at sunset, Magrib, and at the end of the day, Isha. When I later moved to Jerusalem, the call of the muezzin blended with the sounds of church bells and of the siren announcing Shabat, the start of the Jewish Sabbath. These sounds, the sonic calling cards of the three monotheistic faiths Judaism, Christianity and Islam summoned the faithful to prayer and served as a reminder of the presence

of God. One God. With a shared belief in one God, a common ancestor, Abraham through his sons, Isaac and Ishmael and intertwined narratives, these three faiths are members of the same spiritual family. This is what I learned in my Middle Eastern childhood; this is what I've tried to teach my son. So imagine my surprise when I turned to the story of Abraham in the Children's Bible his grandmother had given to him and read the story of Abraham and his "only son" Isaac. No mention of Ishmael. It's not just Children's Bibles that marginalize or ignore this story; the tale of Abraham's second wife and first son. In our predominantly Judeo-Christian culture, there's often a tendency to focus on the other side of the family - Sarah and Isaac, Abraham's first wife and second son. In our post-9/11 world, it's more important than ever to understand how this family fits together; to acknowledge the legitimacy of both sons and to find in their story the seeds of reconciliation. In the Jewish/Christian story, God promises Abraham descendents as

numerous as the stars and Abraham's wife, Sarah, who is barren, offers him Hagar, her Egyptian slave, as a concubine. When Hagar becomes pregnant, the situation between the two women becomes intolerable. Hagar flees into the desert, where the angel of the Lord tells her to return, for she will give birth to a son, Ishmael, and he will father a great nation. God later tells Abraham that Sarah will give birth to a son, Isaac, with whom his covenant will be established. After Sarah gives birth to Isaac, she banishes Hagar and Ishmael. They head for Egypt, and run out of water. As they are on the brink of death, God again speaks to Hagar, showing her a spring and telling her to take Ishmael by the hand, for he will father a great nation. According to Islam, this encounter happened at Mecca, where later the prophet Mohammed, a descendant of Abraham through Ishmael, received the Koran as a divine revelation. The story of Hagar and Ishmael is reenacted each year during the hajj, the annual pilgrimage, when Muslims retrace the steps of Hagar's frantic search for water for her son and drink

from the spring revealed to her by God, known as the Zamzam well. The Koran claims that Abraham later rebuilt the Kaaba - the holiest shrine in Islam, a building believed to have been originally constructed by Adam - near the site of the spring. Five times a day, at the Adhan, faithful Muslims stop what they are doing and turn to face the Kaaba, Abraham's house. In so doing they form a worldwide circle of religious unity, with the Kaaba as its center. Signs of religious unity also exist in Judaism and Christianity - from symbols and traditions to the distinctive sounds of the call to prayer. But what of unity among these three faiths of Abraham? When the patriarch died at a ripe old age and was "gathered to his people," his sons Isaac and Ishmael came together to bury him. (Genesis 25:7) Death has a way of bringing families together; exposing our shared and sometimes complicated roots. Though their lives were set on an adversarial course, Isaac and Ishmael were brothers. And as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we'd do well to remember that.

Praying for our enemies VIEWPOINT:

Randy Lord-Wilkinson

“You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

- Matthew 5:43-44 Not long after 9/11, someone asked me how in the world we were supposed to pray for somebody like Osama bin Laden. I can only speak from my experience and beliefs. One of the reasons I am an Anglican is because our tradition takes human beings seriously. By this I mean that Anglican Christianity sees our formation toward the full stature of Christ as a process, not an instantaneous consequence of "accepting Christ." For many of us, our journey in and to Christ begins before we have made up our minds about him. And even then my transformation continues until I die, and possibly beyond that. The implication of this for praying

for one's enemies, or forgiveness in general, is that we know from our walk in faith that God knows our frailties and foibles better than we do, and still expects us to do these extraordinary things. The operant word is 'do'. So often I have confused how I feel with sin, or sanctity, if I'm feeling particularly holy. But love as Jesus lived and taught it, and the forgiveness that can issue forth from love, is not about denying my humanity or having God take it away from me. Love is what I am doing when I pray for my enemy or forgive one who hurt me. God does not demand of me a psychological impossibility, or that I deny my human nature! I can be angry, feel hatred, desire revenge, want to kill somebody with my bare hands… and do love. I think it is cheap grace that teaches that I can forgive, or heal, or overcome loss and grief or anger, just by praying really well. My feelings are part of how God put me together. My actions are my response to God's command to love. So I consider the people who murdered all those human beings in New York, D.C. and Pennsylvania my enemies. Note that Jesus never said, "you shall have no enemies." He said pray

for them. Sometimes I pray for those who have violated my world by imagining how they were when they were first born: vulnerable, loving, needing, open. Inside every murderer - somewhere! - is buried that innocent. The stamp of the author of all life is deep inside, somewhere! And then I begin to grieve and grow angry that years of formation in the ways of hate - mixed in with mother's milk and later the love of family and friends - gradually erodes the humanity of the infant. I curse the evil that creates the conditions where such malice and murder can flourish! Can a Christian, then, support retribution and revenge? Can a Christian who prays for enemies wave the flag and cheer when the country or countries giving terrorist cells sanctuary are bombed back to the Stone Age? Does forgiveness mean just letting it go? Some seem to think this is what it means. I don't think either lots of bombs or letting it go are effective responses to what we are dealing with. I've heard the attacks of 9/11 compared with Pearl Harbor. But I think they're more aptly compared with Oklahoma City. The disciples of bin Laden are murderers and outlaws every bit as much as Timothy

McVeigh. We should deal with these criminal nomads in the same way. I think it would be a great step forward for the world if we began to recognize that what happened on U.S. soil that day was not just about America. All humankind was wounded. If we "let it go" then such atrocities will happen again, and no one will be safe. But neither will a declaration of "war" eradicate the existence of murderers who hide behind, in this instance, the banner of Islam. We who want to rescue civilization regardless of which flag we salute (American citizens were not the only victims on September 11, 2001, people from many other nations lost their lives as well) - will work together. When we pray for peace and preach love and forgiveness it does not mean we condone evil, but face it in all its horror and mystery. The peace of Christ is not like the world's peace, which is typically an armed truce. It is the peace that comes from knowing where our true home and life is, so that we are not intimidated by evil, but confront it with goodness and justice. The Rev. Randy Lord-Wilkinson is rector of Ascension, Gaithersburg.

Parish Photo Project In the summer of 2010, photographer Tom Wolff (right) set out to document all the churches in the Diocese of Washington. Clockwise from top are St. Barnabas’, Temple Hills, St. Philip’s, Laurel, St. Luke’s, D.C., St. John’s, Olney, St. Mary’s Chapel, Aquasco, and St. Augustine’s, D.C. Read about the project on page 10.

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