News & Updates

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. We devoted most of the meeting time to hearing a progress report from the anti-racism group that came together two years ago.  The group has developed a work plan — organized on the principles of education, empathy and action — to share with the entire church.  You’ll be seeingRead More →

As much as I love being a pastor, sometimes I want Tom Sietsema’s job.  Last Sunday at Western was not one of those times – I don’t know how food critics try so many dishes and still fits in their clothes. If you did not get to taste newcomer Susan Park’s sweet potato noodles lightly stir-fried with beef and vegetablesRead More →

This Sunday, come let God engage your faith at Western we join in solidarity with Christians around the globe to celebrate World Communion Sunday. Begun in 1936 in the Presbyterian Church and adopted by the National Council of Churches in 1940, the celebration reminds of our oneness with Christians in many cultures and environments. As we observe the universal Christian practiceRead More →

Sundays, June 9, 16, and 23 Western Presbyterian Church is holding a three week series engaging in conversation and action around three “tracks” or themes. Join worship at 10am. Then grab a cup of coffee and head to a track for the 11 am hour. Intercultural Faith Exploring the life and work of Howard Thurman, pioneer in intercultural ministry andRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. We finally reached a decision on the plaza after months of study, discernment and deliberation. To recap, the plaza is the hardscaped area in front of the church that faces Virginia Avenue.  It’s an irregularly shaped space and a blind spot exists in the corner where trash, broken glass, needles, humanRead More →

What does the cross of Christ mean to you?  When was the last time anyone – a friend, a relative, a colleague, a stranger – asked you about the cross, about how it shapes your life and faith?  How did, or would you, answer? I tend not to talk as much about the cross as some pastor, with the recentRead More →

Praised for “her lovely limpid colors in good harmony with her musical intelligence” (Perform Arts Perugia), her “lovely, vibrant soprano, precise in her tuning,” and “great acting and agile vocals” (DC Metro Theater Arts), Crossley Hawn enjoys an engaging career in various styles of music in the DC area. Commended as “outstanding” and “consistently beautiful” by Washington Classical Review, she has served asRead More →

Kathy Hankins is a local actor and singer of opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and jazz.  She is an active recitalist and cabaret artist. She has sung for area choruses including New Dominion Chorale and The Master Chorale of Washington.   Her opera credits include many productions for Opera Theater of Northern Virginia (OTNV), including Edgar, Il Corsaro, Don Pasquale, and the role of ImeldaRead More →

Baritone Bob McDonald holds a BA in Vocal Performance and an MA in Opera Directing from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He enjoys a diverse career across many artistic disciplines, including musical theatre, opera, and the concert stage, as well as his job as a baritone in the US Army Chorus. Mr. McDonald has performed a variety of musical theatre roles on various WashingtonRead More →