News & Updates

In some ways 2020 will give us a different 4th of July. We won’t travel as much; gatherings will be limited. In a time when our nation continues to come to terms with the deep flaws in the system we’ve inherited, I hope our celebration includes reflection and repentance. As Confederate statues are coming down, I hope that we canRead More →

“Liminal,” from the Latin limen, meaning door threshold, refers to transitional moments or spaces. You’ve left one place but you’re not yet in the next. Anthropologists describe liminality as the ambiguity and disorientation that happens in rites of passage, when a person is finished with one stage, separated from their old habits and ways, but not quite landed in theRead More →

“…then, thenceforward, and forever free…” They were the first words I heard waking up on this Juneteenth, Lincoln’s words ringing in my ears. Words it took the enslaved community in Galveston, Texas more than two years to hear. Words Lincoln should never have had to say in the first place. 155 years later, we’re still trying to get that “thenceforward,Read More →

What is our work? In this week’s passage from Matthew, Jesus’ words mean the disciples have to ask themselves this question. I ask myself this question constantly these days, as my work in so many ways looks different, even from day to day.  These last few weeks, as with many of you, I’m realizing once again just how much anti-racismRead More →

Pastor Laura, Session, and the Anti-Racism group’s leadership team invite members of the Western community to a listening session Sunday, June 14 at 5 pm. We will reflect on the recent murder of George Floyd by police and the ongoing protests for racial justice that arose in response. We will also remember Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many otherRead More →

Dear Western Church Family, In response to the murder of George Floyd, but before the militarized responses to peaceful protests in the District, before President Trump committed yet another outrage of holding a bible in his hand for a church photo op, I wanted to write you. I wanted to talk about Sunday’s worship service – not so much theRead More →

Beginning May 30, Zoom will require all users to upgrade their software/app to Version 5 before they can join a meeting or webinar. Here are a few ways to do the upgrade ahead of time: If you are using a computer with Zoom installed, open up the Zoom app (also called Zoom client): log in, click the icon with yourRead More →

Dear Western Friends, Greetings as we approach Pentecost, the season we remember God’s gift of power in the form of the wind and flame of the Holy Spirit. On a Sunday when we remember all the disciples gathered in one place, it remains a difficult reality that we are still in many places.  In the midst of conversations about reopeningRead More →