Friday, December 11, 2015

Stories from the body of Christ - Chris Wimmer

In addition to posting news about events and opportunities to serve and worship, we would like to use this space to tell stories that come from fellow Christians in the D.C. area. Here, Chris Wimmer, the former youth pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn, tells one story of faith and faithful doubting.

In my seven years at Crossroads United Methodist Church one of the most transforming experiences came in 2009 when I journeyed with a group of leaders in the Crossroads community to New Mexico to experience the Emerging Church Conference and the wisdom of Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren and others. I was exposed to a new way of following Jesus, a way that says, “there is no one way”; a way where all expressions are valued and collectively the ecclesia thrives. This experience marked an important milestone on my journey; the Christ life is not only a theological belief but a missiological practice. It’s a life that transforms the inward core of our being and everything we stand for and live out. It transforms our homes, our communities, and the strangers we encounter.

This for me might have been the beginning of seeing everyone's story as sacred, welcomed, expected, and an important insight into the movement of the Spirit in the world regardless of theological belief, regardless of religion or not, race, sexual orientation, or anything else.

A few months ago we celebrated the milestone of Confirmation, a time for adolescents along with their parents to experience in community an environment where every question is welcomed, every journey is welcomed, and at the end every decision is welcomed.  Confirmation experiences in the Christian church around the world often end with an adolescent standing before their community confirming their faith in Jesus Christ and being welcomed "officially" into their church family.  At Crossroads we celebrate the decision not to be confirmed as much as the decision to be confirmed.  See for us...everyone's story is sacred, every journey is sacred, and in fact those who decided not be confirmed probably received more personal acknowledgment than those who did.

We had one girl with tears streaming from her face sit with her mother the night before our first Confirmation gathering sharing with her mom that she didn't think she was ready for Confirmation.  She shared about her doubts, her questions, and in complete authenticity and vulnerability sat with her mother explaining how she had been holding on to this burden because she didn't want to disappoint her mom and dad.  What happen in the weeks to follow was one of my most beautiful experiences in ministry.  

The girl decided to go through our five week Confirmation experience (yes...only five weeks, there's a reason for that) and at the end decided not to be confirmed.  On the day her friends were being confirmed her mother and father took her on a gorgeous hike through the rolling hills of western Loudoun County where her parents read the most moving blessing they wrote for their daughter.  Encouraging her in her journey, assuring her that they were always present.  It was not a time of convincing conversion but a sacred honoring of this young girls life.

Our approach to ministry is simply this...honor the sacredness of every persons story, including your own...past...present...future.  It's from this starting place that empathy consumes us and the Spirit directs us.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Justice Conference 2015 - Participate from DC!

Saturday, June 6th 9am - 4pm

Join The JUSTICE CONFERENCE in Washington, DC!

This year's DC simulcast host is The Table Church, meeting at 1020 H St. NE (Douglas Memorial UMC). It will feature simulcast of video from this year's conference in Chicago and a group of local leaders speaking to justice in your own neighborhood in DC.

Drawing together a diverse group of voices, the JUSTICE CONFERENCE has emerged as a premier gathering for Justice practitioners, students, and learners from all over the world. We hope this year's DC gathering is only the beginning of the conversation about justice in Washington, DC! 

Each year The JUSTICE CONFERENCE hosts world-renowned visionaries, thought leaders, justice practitioners, faith leaders, worship leaders, and local justice voices. This year you'll hear from leaders like Cornell West, Bob Goff, Gabriel Salguero, Rend Collective, and many more! 

If you care about seeing justice in our world and cannot make it to Chicago, you don't want to miss this special event.  


Tonight! Capitol Hill Group Ministry - Homelessness and Youth

You are invited to CHGM's  

May Community Night 
Join us as we take a look at how homelessness' impacts the youth in our area. There will be displays created by the local Capitol Hill Day School and a presentation by Sasha Bruce Youthwork

421 Seward Sq SE
Tuesday, 5/12
6:00pm - 7:30pm 
Contact Emily Powers for more information at

via Capitol Hill Group Ministry

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ravi Zacharias on Suffering at McLean Bible Church April 22

Join Ravi Zacharias, a thoughtful proponent of Christian faith, at McLean Bible Church
8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA on April 22, as he helps offer God's perspective on the age-old question of suffering in life. Invite your friends freely: it's a topic relevant to everyone.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Multi-Church Prayer Night DC Oct 19 - Seek for the City

All are invited to pray to our all-powerful and faithful God for the city and the nations on October 19. The multi-church night of prayer, is the 19th at National Community Church's Barracks Row Theater location, 535 8th St. SE, 7pm.

Sponsoring churches include NCC, Christ our Shepherd, Faith Tabernacle, Church of the Resurrection, and St. Brendan's.

Childcare is provided, so bring the young ones!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DC Church History Interlude: Georgetown's Mount Zion United Methodist Church Then & Now

Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of Its Black Community from the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day, by Kathleen M. Lesko, Valerie Babb & Carroll R. Gibbs. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1991.

p. 138
"Black Churches in Georgetown

"Georgetown today has five black churches clustered in the eastern area of town formerly known as "Herring Hill." These churches represent a time when Georgetown was home to a thriving black community. Their congregations have decreased by nearly fifty percent since the black exodus from the neighborhood during the 1940s and 1950s. Today they survive primarily as commuter churches and symbols of a continuing black presence in Georgetown.

Mount Zion United Methodist Church
"Mount Zion United Methodist Church, located at 1334 29th Street, is the oldest black congregation in the District of Columbia. Its origins can be traced to the Montgomery Street Church (now the Dumbarton United Methodist Church), nearly half of whose membership in the early nineteenth century consisted of former slaves and free blacks. On June 3, 1814, 125 black members of the Montgomery Street Church, reacting to the segregation practices of the times, formed a new church that was supervised by the parent church. In 1816 they purchased a lot at 27th and P Streets and built a small church known as "The Meeting House" and "The Ark."

[Senior Ushers, Mount Zion United Methodist Church 1920.
Courtesy of Mount Zion United Methodist Church Archives.]