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miked on 03/25/2015 - 9:47am

What makes a church? Our travels have taken us literally around the world, to many interesting and unusual places. But our recent trip to New Zealand has made me stop and think about this question. Australia and New Zealand are both countries that are “younger” than the United States, and yet the Aborigines and Maori have been present on those island nations for much longer. The mix of cultures and spiritual encounters yields a blend of “church” experiences for the visitor.

Traditional Maori Wharenui

miked on 09/03/2014 - 12:18pm

A September Reflection from Thew Elliott, Director of Music Ministry

The first Sunday after Labor Day isn’t an observed date in the formal church year, but it’s important in our congregation year as we say goodbye to summer visitors and adventures, return from travels, and shift from more relaxed vacation rhythms into the patterns of school and new projects.  September is a good time to pause and take a look at who we are and what we mean to be doing. I’ve been thinking about the role of music in our life together—how it helps us to forge the community we intend to be.
 
Your voice matters

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.