Session met on Monday, March 20 — a little late because of the previous week’s snowstorm. Here are the highlights: Micah 6:8 Initiative: The Mission Ministry team is organizing the Micah 6:8 Initiative, a small group of members who will become experts on the social-justice topics Western cares about and then vet and publish opportunities where we can make a difference. The goal is to share information and prevent people from burning out in this tumultuous political climate.  Sanctuary Movement: The Session voted to join the Sanctuary-DMV network, a group of faith communities that stand against unjust deportation and the persecution of all marginalized communities, includingRead More →

March 19, 26; April 2 and 9 at 9:30 a.m., Room 209 Are you relatively new to Western? Interested in getting more involved in the church? Considering joining – or some combination thereof? Come meet with a group on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the pastor’s study to get to know each other better and explore the church’s approach to faith: how we believe, what we do, and how you might grow further in your own life of faith here. Those who wish to join will meet with the session and be welcomed in worship on April 9. For more information, email Vivien KilnerRead More →

“We [white people] need to get comfortable being uncomfortable,” remarked my friend and current co-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Jan Edmiston. I’ve been trying to give up some of that comfort this Lent – even as the release of the new federal budget makes me so morally uncomfortable I almost feel ill! I share Jan’s remarks knowing and celebrating that not all of us at Western “wake up white,” and committing to continue our church’s faithful work on systemic racism. Following up on Jessica Vazquez Torres’ recommendation at the Crossroads antiracism training that we read Waking Up White and Finding Myself in theRead More →

We are forming a group for single women that will meet both face to face and virtually for bible study, book discussions (e.g., discerning your spiritual gifts) and social outings. If you are interested in participating or co-organizing the group, please contact Lauren Amos (laurenbanksamos@gmail.com). An initial gathering will be held, Sunday, April 2, after service followed by brunch at a local eatery. More details soon!Read More →

This coming week, the Session will consider whether Western will join the Sanctuary-DMV network in support of undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable members of our community. Members of the network provide varying levels of support and sanctuary. Anyone interested in following Western’s engagement with the sanctuary movement can join the Sanctuary Movement CCB group for updates.Read More →

The children will be singing in church on Palm Sunday, April 9.  Rehearsals in TBY Room, 1st floor, on March 12, 19, 26, April 2, April 9 at 10-10:50AM. Fun new songs! Look out for details! Contact: Amy DeLouiseRead More →

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 March 12 at 12:30 in the TBY room. Come if you are interested in finding out more about the trip.  Contact: Ben Evans yav@westernpresbyterian.orgRead More →

I hope you are planning to be at Western on Saturday night for the D.C. premiere of Out of Order. (Yes, come on Sunday, too!) We’ll be continuing in this congregation’s commitment to full inclusion of all, as we host this documentary on the stories of GLBTQ candidates for ministry in the Presbyterian Church. If you’re still on the fence about coming here are a few other reasons: 1) Two of those whose stories are featured will be with us! Alex McNeill is the current director of More Light Presbyterians and will most likely be the first to be ordained as an openly transgendered inRead More →

In the early church, new Christians spent the forty days of Lent learning how to live as part of a Christian community – not only what to believe, but how their new life would be different from their old one because of following Jesus.  Easter, the day of resurrection, was the day they claimed their own new life of faith. As Christian faith became part of the larger culture, the focus of Lent changed to be more of a self-examination, using Jesus’s temptations to examine those in our own lives.  Yet Jesus’s great commandment to love God and love neighbor grows more obscure in theRead More →

Churches don’t usually focus on Stewardship during Lent. Throughout history, Christians have used the forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter to examine their lives of faith, considering how we might live more like Christ and what in our lives needs to change for Christ’s sake. We at Western are asking ourselves those kinds of questions, although not always in those terms, in this season of church life. The Mission Ministry team, prompted by some of you, has heard about how we might be part of the sanctuary church movement – and supported an Open Space tomorrow after worship so that we might find outRead More →