Laura Cunningham (Page 2)

Just over one week into Lent, we at Western remember scripture’s call to the church to “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” The last few weeks have seen a number of changes and challenges for members of our community and therefore for all of us.  Out of respect for sensitivity and confidentiality, I tend not toRead More →

Presbyterians haven’t always observed Lent.  It’s a relatively new thing, and we don’t always know what to do with a season that invites us to face the reality of death.  Many of you know about the tragic act of violence outside our church door that resulted in the death of Kevin Chamberlain, a member of the Foggy Bottom community whoRead More →

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. – Martin Luther King Jr. This quote lingers with me as I’ve walked through our 24th Street entrance over the last few weeks, remembering the incident on our sidewalkRead More →

Some aspects of church will always seem weird to the rest of the world, but this week one in particular stands out.  As partisan influence seeps into the proceedings of this week’s impeachment trial, it can be hard to imagine a community in DC that tries to find a deeper unity, yet at our best, that’s what church is about.Read More →

Dear Western Friends, I write you with great sadness from the corner of 24th and G Streets to confirm an incident of violence yesterday afternoon.  As you may have heard in news reports, a man was stabbed outside our 24th St. entrance just as Miriam’s Kitchen was opening at 2:30 p.m.  Thanks to immediate action from MK staff, first respondersRead More →

“Our nation may be on the brink of an unsanctioned war, and you’re talking about what?” I imagined the response if I led with the theme of “Baptism of the Lord,” this Sunday, January 12, in the liturgical year, yet the meaning of baptism remains focal for our upcoming worship.  This weekend, as our session and deacons gather on SaturdayRead More →

Friends, I hope that you are as excited as I am about the annual children’s Christmas program this Sunday!  If you are new to Western and haven’t experienced the always new approach to the ancient story, annually updated and directed by Amy DeLouise, you’re in for a treat. As we look towards a Sunday when our children lead us, IRead More →

I wish you all could have heard J.D. this morning. She came to Western for the memorial service for former Miriam’s Kitchen guests to speak in memory of her father. As an uber driver, J.D. still finds herself looking for him in his usual spots between Anacostia and downtown. She also said that part of her heart is at peace,Read More →

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving and get ready for Advent at the same time? The short answer is to come to Western on Sunday! Last Sunday that meant celebrating 25 years in this building, hosting Miriam’s Kitchen as a way of practicing our religious freedom.  One of you commented, “This felt like Thanksgiving Day to me!”  I’d add giving thanksRead More →

Thirty years ago this past May, as I prepared to graduate from high school, members of Western took a historic vote. In true Presbyterian fashion, under the leadership of their charismatic pastor, they discussed and prayed, and then voted to move the church’s site six blocks away, from 19th and H to 24th and G Streets.  As Rev. John WimberlyRead More →