May went by in the blink of an eye. Now it is almost June!
June is Pride Month. It’s also Pentecost, the worship kick-off for our Capital Campaign, and the beginning of our Summer Social Documentary and Discussion Series, DC: Tales of Two Cities.
Pride Month DC: It’s called Pride, because for so long being LGBTQ+ meant hiding in a closet of fear and shame. Many of us remember those days, and thankfully our children live in a different world. But there is still a lot of progress to be made! Our society won’t be truly inclusive until there’s zero power difference between being gay, bi, and/or trans, and being straight and/or cisgender (meaning, one’s physical anatomy matches one’s gender identity). This Sunday, our worship service will celebrate the great diversity of humanity made in the image of an awesomely multi-dimensional God. Next weekend is the DC Pride Parade (Sat) and Festival (Sun). I encourage you to visit our UCC Booth at the Festival and check out this article on how to be a good ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
Pentecost and Kicking Off our Capital Campaign, 6/9: Pentecost is one of my favorite Christian holidays. It celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit, Wisdom, Breath (choose your metaphor!) of God. The worship committee and I are working to create a service that not only shimmers with God’s Spirit but also blesses the work we must do to prepare our building and congregation for the next hundred years. Please join us!
DC: Tales of Two Cities: This year’s Summer Social Documentary and Discussion Series focuses on issues of gentrification and diversity in DC. We’ll show one film each month (Wed, 7-9 pm), and each evening will include a discussion with both the filmmaker and representatives of organizations working on issues addressed by the documentary. The films are:
- What Happened 2 Chocolate City? (6/26) which explores DC’s gentrification through a retrospective lens, highlighting the effects of the 1968 riots, war on drugs, mass incarceration, and the current economic barriers affecting Black Washingtonians.
- Fly By Light (7/24) examines what happens when a group of DC teens go to West Virginia for a peace education program and their lives are changed dramatically. How will this affect them upon returning home?
- Dog Parks & Coffee Shops (8/28) looks at diversity-seeking, community, and consumption in three DC neighborhoods undergoing urban revitalization: U Street, Columbia Heights, and Petworth.
We hope you’ll join us—and spread the word to neighbors and friends!
As school comes to a close and we prepare for summer fun, remember that our church community will be going strong all summer long. Our Adult Choir and Sunday School will take a break, but we’ll have a rich selection of solos and duets, along with childcare for every service. And, while Pastor Ellen takes her annual vacation, we’ll have a new July Preaching Fellow, this time from Princeton Theological Seminary, preach for the month. Stay tuned for information about Kerwin Webb!
As I’ll sing or say at the next Service for All Ages on June 16; It’s “summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” May it be so.
Peace and Blessings,
Racial Justice Workshop, 6/4—Join Pastor Ellen from 6-8 pm at St. Columba’s Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, for a workshop sponsored by Friendship Place. Georgetown Professor of History and African American Studies, Marcia Chatelain, will explore how inequality shapes all our lives. Her most recent book, From Sit-In to Drive Thru: Fast Food and Black America, examines the relationship between business and civil rights. For the workshop registration link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Pride Festival, 6/9— Come celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and visit our UCC Open and Affirming booth downtown after worship. Questions? DonaldHClarke@gmail.com
Poetry Hour, 6/16—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Summer Social Documentary & Discussion Series, 6/26—Join the Adult Programs and Mission & Social Action Committees from 7-9 pm for our first summer film, What Happened 2 Chocolate City? This acclaimed documentary explores DC’s hyper-gentrification through a retrospective lens, highlighting the effects of the 1968 riots, War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration, and the current economic barriers affecting Black Washingtonians. Questions? Email Emily at Parkerec@gmail.com.