A Word from Laura

Friends, As our hearts continue to break with news of immigrants detained and families separated at the border, PC(USA) mission co-worker at Frontera de Cristo, Rev. Mark Adams, is coming to DC on behalf of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, which represents more than sixty organization working to improve life for those on the border. (Click here for more informationRead More →

Friends, Blessings to you, with prayers for our nation, as we find ourselves on the eve of the 4th of July. Here at Western we’ve reached the end of our month of “Engage Faith.”  Your leadership is getting ready to plan for this fall, and we need your help.  We believe Sunday mornings are crucial to our life together.  Sunday mornings aren’tRead More →

Friends, I’m looking forward to our potluck picnic on Sunday, and to sharing the “tastes of home” that you prepare. As we near the end of June, thanks also goes to those who helped organize and lead each of the sessions in the Engage Faith tracks.  Given that this is a new thing for us, and that we tried itRead More →

Dear Friends, This Sunday, as part of our Engage Faith opportunities, we’ve invited the DC Congregation Action Network – a partner of Sanctuary DMV – to host an accompaniment training for us and for anyone who wishes to join us in showing solidarity and support for our neighbors, friends and family at risk of deportation. Cindy Stevens and Betsy CarterRead More →

What are your hope points?  In a recent conversation with one of you about our national state of affairs, we were both hard-pressed to name anything.  The front page of yesterday morning’s Post didn’t help. But then I got to church: In the memorial service this morning, members of the Miriam’s Kitchen community gave thanks for those who have died,Read More →

“I’m a man; I cannot empathize with a woman.”  The Alabama legislator was talking to a BBC interviewer about why he couldn’t see things from the point of a view of a woman with an unwanted pregnancy, and therefore why he wouldn’t support a woman’s right to reproductive choice.  Regardless of what you believe about a woman’s right to endRead More →

Somehow California synagogue shooter John Earnest’s connection to a Presbyterian church had escaped me. In my horror and heartbreak, I had managed not to hear that Earnest professes to be an Orthodox Presbyterian – a more conservative, evangelical branch of our faith, but not obviously anti-Semitic. Before he entered the Chabad congregation, he wrote a four thousand word manifesto thatRead More →

This Holy Week, other than sadness at the loss of a beautiful, iconic church, media coverage of the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame has elicited two things from me: Hope that the three Baptist churches set aflame in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana will also continue to receive attention and financial support.  (I later found out about the relativelyRead More →

This Sunday we’re doing things slightly out of order at Western – not the for the first time, and probably not the last. We’ll ordain and install two elders and one new deacon in April, instead of January, given some turnover in our leadership. In a few weeks we’ll say good-bye to (Deacon) Dave and (Elder) Jackie Escobar, as theyRead More →

A while back I was in a meeting where I knew two of the people pretty well, better than they knew each other. As the two of them sat facing each other, I realized that her tone of voice, her questions, were going to aggravate him. As his face grew still, his tone of voice evened out, slightly deeper andRead More →