Join Westerners and friends breaking bread and sharing ideas as we enter the Lenten season of reflection: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-7:30pm  Courtyard Room A little bit of history:  Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.  Enjoy a pancake dinner as we feast together starting from 6:30 (to 7:30 p.m.) Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, March 1, 6:30pm Courtyard Room Lenten Wednesdays at Western Beginning Wednesday, March 8, 6:15pm On Wednesdays through Holy Week, we will offer a light supper in the CourtyardRead More →

Faith congregations across the DC-Maryland-Virginia area are joining together to provide support and sanctuary for vulnerable individuals. Please join us on Sunday, February 26 after worship for an open space discussion on building this sanctuary network and the many ways that Western can be involved.Read More →

Piano Wanted Western is looking for a piano for the TBY Room – preferably a small upright spinet. If you would like to donate an unused instrument to the church, please contact Tom Beveridge. Tablet Wanted Western is looking for a large tablet to display the day’s events and room assignments in the reception window of the main office. If you would like to donate an used tablet, please contact Jess Fisher.Read More →

To ensure transparency, we’ll be posting monthly updates from Session. February 2017: Pledges and Budget: To date, Western has received pledges for roughly $288,000 for 2017, which is $72,000 short of our goal of $360,000. Three dedicated congregation members are making telephone calls to people who have not yet pledged. With the new strategic vision and exciting, thought-provoking programs like Write Night and the recent anti-racism training, there’s a renewed energy bubbling at Western. We ask members to prayerfully consider what they can give to make that vision a reality. At the meeting, Session voted to cut $17,000 from the budget we approved in December andRead More →

Women of Western Luncheon Practicum: Flower Arranging Saturday, April 29th at 11:30 a.m. Here’s your chance to learn flower arranging from Western’s own flower arrangement maven, Colleen Finks!  Hosted by the Flower Team, you are invited to join others in the Courtyard Room for a light luncheon on Saturday, April 29th, and learn to create your own flower arrangement with tips and tricks from Colleen and others on Western’s Flower Team.  There will be limited seating, so please RSVP.   For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Annette Reilly ( or Colleen Finks ( More →

Free Minds Write Night Free Minds hosts a monthly On the Same Page: Write Night where community volunteers gather alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. It is a simple and powerful way to support members’ processes of self-awareness and change, as well as read great writing and meet other volunteers! Western will be hosting the February 15th Write Night. You can join the Free Minds mailing list to receive updates in your inbox about upcoming Write Nights, or contact them or Sherry Trafford if you have any questions. Write Night isRead More →

Invitation to Friday Prayer Services Westerners have an open invitation to Friday prayer services, held in Miriam’s Kitchen at 12:15 and 12:45.(Visitors, usually welcomed by the GW Muslim Student Association coordinators, sit in folding chairs at the back of the room).   GWU Muslim Student Association Panel on Islam’s Intersectionalities Friday, February 10th at 7:15 pm in the Marvin Center Room 309, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052 The panel features several Muslim American scholars, activists, and professionals that will dissect the structures of their Muslim identities. The purpose of this night of Q&A’s will not be for our panelists to offer academic adviseRead More →

Appalachian Service Project Interest Meeting – Feb 19 Again this year, Western will be taking a group to West Virginia to help rebuild and provide maintenance to home as a part of the Appalachia Service Project. We will be hosting an interest meeting for this trip after church on Feb 19 at 12:30 in the TBY room. Come if you are interested in finding out more about the trip. Contact Ben Evans, More →

The Spirit was moving at Western this weekend!  Over thirty-five participants wrestled with understanding systemic racism, particularly as it affects our church, and how we might become more anti-racist.  Our Crossroads leaders Jessica Vazquez Torres and Kara Bender described racism as the power of racial prejudice combined with the misuse of power by systems and institutions – even the church – to perpetuate the privilege of the racial group not in power and limit the power of others. On Sunday, Kate Brittain and Todd Trafford shared their own responses in worship (listen here), each frustrated with the systemic racism woven into the fabric of Western,Read More →