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miked on 07/31/2014 - 8:47pm

By Chett Pritchett:   The last few weeks have been filled with prayerful discernment, conversations with colleagues, and a bold decision to be arrested at The White House as part of an act of civil disobedience for families and children caught in the middle of an immigration system that is harmful and unjust.
 

miked on 06/16/2014 - 8:11pm

I am having trouble believing in my character, the forgiving priest in the musical, Les Miserables, in South Boston, Va. When the main character, Jean Valjean, is caught stealing silver from the monastery, the priest not only tells the police to let him go but gives him more silver “to become an honest man.”

Now, I have trouble with this. I am a crime victim, and the detective, Javert, rightfully believes that crime should be punished. But the musical tells me a different story. So I opened up this dilemma to a Facebook discussion, primarily with clergy and actors.

Mary Kay on 11/11/2013 - 12:01am

Dumbarton weddings mary kay tottyBy the Rev. Mary Kay Totty

This has been a year of great weddings! I love these joyous occasions when friends and family gather from far and wide to celebrate the love and loyalty of two people. I have officiated or attended at least eight of these wonderful events this year. I want to share with you about four of these weddings.

miked on 10/02/2013 - 2:14pm

By Kathie Hepler

Dumbarton’s history with J.O. Wilson School dates back to 1997. As founding members of Washington Interfaith Network, we pledged to partner with a school that could benefit from grass roots organizing. We selected J.O. because one of our members already had recruited friends to volunteer there and became involved in a WIN-supported after-school program at J.O.

Some of you will remember the name Rayful Edmonds—a notorious drug dealer who did business in the J.O. neighborhood. Despite many challenges, the principal and its dedicated staff persevered and guided the school through rough times.

Today, The school serves 400 students from pre-school to fifth grade. Much has changed since we first met the children at J.O., but challenges remain. Nearly 90 percent of J.O. Wilson’s students are African-American and 75 percent receive free or subsidized meals, so the school has the responsibility of nurturing the whole child.
Yet, there’s much to be proud of:

Mary Kay on 06/26/2013 - 6:05pm

This morning as I sat with a cup of coffee, I watched as my Facebook news feed lit up with celebrations for the overturning of DOMA. I rejoiced. I posted a supportive update. I got a little teary-eyed. And yet, worry nagged at my joy...

In the last week of June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court released several significant decisions. Along with many others, I am rejoicing that SCOTUS has declared Article 3 of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  unconstitutional. I am delighted that all legally married couples will have equal access to the rights and responsibilities of marriage.

SCOTUS kind of washed its hands of California's Proposition 8 but it did in effect uphold a lower court's ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and returned marriage equality to California. Woo Hoo! Friends in California are already making wedding plans.

miked on 03/26/2013 - 6:27pm


By Mary Kay Totty
    This afternoon as I read through my Facebook newsfeed, I saw red. post after post today was about friends changing their profile pictures to red – the logo from the Human Rights Campaign done in red, regular photos changed to red tint, solid colors of red. Friends changed their photos to red in support of Marriage Equality for LGBT people. Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about Prop 8 from California and tomorrow will hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage Act, LGBT persons and allies gathered in the early morning hours to pray for the court and then rallied on the court’s steps in support of Marriage Equality. Supporters were encouraged to wear red as a visible witness to love.

Mary Kay on 02/01/2013 - 11:08am

Lace Mary Kay's Dumbarton blogBy Mary Kay Totty

Tatting.

I love to tat.

Tatting brings me joy and delight.

Tatting centers and grounds me.

And by tatting, I mean lace-making, not anything to do with tattoos.

Tatting is a form of lace-making using one basic double stitch to create patterns of rings and chain for edgings, doilies, jewelry. The world needs more lace.

This gentle art may seem archaic and unnecessary, but I believe that it is important for today. We live in a world where most of our leisure time is devoted to consumption and observation. We shop. We watch television. We go to movies. We watch sports. We surf the web. We post on Facebook. We tweet. We check in. We hurry past great art and grand views as we mark yet another item off the bucket list.