Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gospel Choir Concert and Luncheon to benefit Youth Club is THIS Saturday

Don't forget that this Saturday, February 25th, is the Gospel Choir Luncheon and Concert to benefit the Youth Club in Columbia Heights! Half of the proceeds from the concert will go to the Youth Club, so this is an important fundrasier that will help the Youth Club continue to get off the ground! It should also be a really fun event, so come out if you can! It will be at the Columbia Heights Youth Club (1480 Girard St, NW), and will be hosted by God's Miracles, a local gospel choir.

You can buy your tickets here.

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ash Wednesday Service tomorrow!

The District Church, Church of the Advent, and National Baptist Memorial Church invite you to join us for our Ash Wednesday service tomorrow, February 22nd, at 7pm! The service will be held at National Baptist Memorial Church (1501 Columbia Rd NW). I apologize for the short notice, but if you're in the area we would love for you to join us as we enter into this season of remembering Christ's sacrifice.

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church

International AIDS Conference

This summer, the International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, DC, July 22-27. This is a pretty big deal, as President Obama just lifted the travel ban that has been in place for the past 22 years that has barred those who are HIV+ from traveling into the States, allowing the conference to be held in the U.S. for the first time since the travel ban was put in place. Upwards of 30,000 are expected to descend on D.C. for the conference, with people from every sector of society present to discuss every aspect of the AIDS crisis.

Sadly, for the most part, the American Church has been noticeably absent from this conference for most of its existence - and from the broader discussion around AIDS in general (there are definitely exceptions, but this generally has not been an issue of focus in many churches around the U.S.). The American Church has been mostly silent from the conversation, and more importantly from loving our HIV+ neighbors, for far too long, and the fact that the conference is in our home this summer is too big of an open door to ignore. DC has the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate of any city in the US - the stark reality of that statistic alone should move the Church to action, let alone the stereotypes, stigmas, past evils, and other injustices that come along with the mention of HIV/AIDS. The Church has such an opportunity to enter the conversation and take action to prevent, treat, and love our neighbors in ways many other segments of our society still aren't.

For the Church in DC, especially, this summer presents such an exciting opportunity to bring Christ into the conversation, to be present in a way the faith community has not always been in the past. And hopefully, out of acting together this summer, the Church in DC can produce a long-term, unified movement in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. There is already a group within the DC faith community meeting to discuss and plan how we can be present at the conference this summer, and as the conference approaches I’m sure I’ll be posting more about it, but if you would like to join in these discussions now or just find out more about the conference and what some churches are planning to do, send me an email! I’m sure there are already several churches in DC who have been working to combat HIV/AIDS and minister to those affected by it, so if you are already working in this area I would love to hear from you as well about the work you are already doing, ways other churches can partner with you, and if you are already planning on doing something this summer.

Also, if you'd just like to talk more about what it could look like to form an official partnership among churches in DC to take unified action in Christ’s name on issues like HIV/AIDS, please send me an email!

A few more quick details about the AIDS Conference: Early registration for the conference closes Feb. 23. It is pretty pricey so I don't think there will be many churches inside the conference, but I know Saddleback Church from CA, and maybe some others, are rasing money to send some of their members to the conference. As far as I know, though, churches in DC are just planning to be present around the conference area where there will be a lot of tables and groups present. But if you would like to attend the conference, you can view more information here.(There is a significant discount if you are under age 26). There are also a few opportunities to work at the conference, and the volunteer application will open on April 1.

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director,The District Church

Ash Wednesday Services 2/22

The tradition of the three-congregation joint Ash Wednesday service in Columbia Heights will continue this year, Wednesday at 7pm at National Baptist Memorial Church, 1501 Columbia Rd. NW.  Nearby Congregations Church of the Advent and The District Church will participate.  All are invited.

For Catholics downtown, note the seven imposition of ash masses and two Stations of the Cross services at St. Matthews Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Q 2012 coming to DC

The Q Conference is coming to DC this year, which is exciting for the Church in DC! It will give us a chance to discuss the issues that affect our city, as well as learn from some of the most brilliant and innovative thinkers of our day how to address some of these issues. If you're not familiar with Q, check out their website:

Q does awesome work creating dialogue around the Church's role in culture today and in the future, providing a space for discussions that don't happen many other places. As their website says:

Q is a space where church and cultural leaders can learn, dialogue, innovate and collaborate around the important topics shaping the church’s future role in culture. In an intense, fifty-hour experience, Q exposes participants to over thirty presenters on myriad topics. Talkback sessions follow presentations and allow for questions, comments, and responses in a more intimate setting. Our method of learning is simple: exposure, conversation and collaboration. We make an intentional effort to platform the best and the brightest ideas that help advance the common good in our society. By bringing together leaders from the different channels of culture—media, education, politics, arts and entertainment, business, the social sector and the church, we are able to learn from one another, and engage in lively conversation that seldom takes place in other environments. We are driven by the belief that inherent in Christian faithfulness is the responsibility to work towards creating a better world, one that reflects God’s original design and intention. Q is a place leaders can explore what that might look like and how God’s kingdom is showing up in the lives of their peers as they restore through the cultural goods they create and lead.

This conference will definitely be worth attending, and it's in our neighborhood! There will be a lot discussed at this conference pertaining to issues that especially affect the Church in DC, including what I believe will be some helpful dialogue concerning the upcoming presidential elections and the Church's role and response to our current political atmosphere. This also could be a great chance to meet other DC churches and faith leaders, and dialogue about how we can be an even more unified Church in DC in the upcoming years.

I encourage you to visit the website to learn more, and I look forward to hopefully dialoguing with many of you there!

Blythe Scott
Leadership Resident and Outreach Director, The District Church

Thursday, February 9, 2012

School of Prayerful Action, Shalem Institute, Feb. 16-Mar 29

The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation is hosting a School of Prayerful Action, beginning next Thursday.  For more information, see

SCHOOL OF PRAYERFUL ACTION - Participating in God's Dream for Peace & Justice
God has shown you what is good and what is required of you: 
To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
— Micah 6:8 

6 Thursdays: February 16 - March 29, 2012 (no session March 15)
7:00-9:00 PM
See below.
Shalem Library, 3025 4th St. NE #22, WDC 
Patience Robbins
$90 pre-registration; $105 at the door for the 6-week segment
$50 student rate; Limited number of discounts available for full-time students: call Shalem to register. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

C.S. Lewis Institute Discipleship Fellows Program

From the C.S. Lewis Institute.  The program has Annapolis, District, Maryland suburbs, and Virginia suburbs meeting sites.

"We are now accepting applications for the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program and will continue to do so until April 30. If you know of anyone who might be interested in participating in the Program, please forward this email to them and encourage them to check it out.
Currently programs are offered in the metro areas of Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Annapolis, MD, and Seatle, WA. Other cities to be added in the future.
Many thanks for your help!
Every blessing,
Joel - Signature 
Joel S. Woodruff
Vice President of Discipleship & Outreach
C.S. Lewis Institute"

Program Description: 
The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program is designed for believers who have a solid faith in Christ and want to:
  • grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ;
  • be more credible and effective for Christ in the Church and the world;
  • actively serve Christ in their sphere of influence;
  • be equipped for evangelism, discipling and helping those in need.