Thursday, October 16, 2014

Neighborhoods that Vote Get Respect! “Get Out the Vote” in South East DC





Neighborhoods that Vote Get Respect!
“Get Out the Vote” in South East DC
Saturday, October 25
On October 25, volunteers from Metropolitan and Wesley UMC will be working together with volunteers from our partner church Brighter Day UMC to encourage voters to participate in November’s mayoral election. While some see the outcome as a foregone conclusion, voting still matters! Because elected officials give the most attention to residents in areas most likely to vote.
This effort, undertaken with help from the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), will keep pressure on elected officials regarding the renovation of the Parkway Overlook complex -- an abandoned, city-owned complex of 266 family-sized apartment units near Brighter Day’s A.P. Shaw campus. In June 2013, Metropolitan and Brighter Day held a joint worship service to draw attention to the need to reclaim this property for affordable housing. Mayor Vincent Gray attended that service, pledging his support. While positive steps have been taken, we have not yet crossed the finish line. Our ongoing support is vital!

Please consider being part of this effort. Our volunteers will depart from the Metropolitan parking lot promptly at 8:30am. At 9am there will be a brief training and orientation led by WIN leaders at Brighter Day’s AP Shaw campus. We expect to be finished with the canvassing shortly after noon.
As we knock on doors, we will also be inviting people to attend a community picnic Brighter Day is hosting at the Henson Ridge community center Sunday, October 26 from 2 -  4pm. Our volunteers are encouraged to take part in this event, as well.

-Ann Michel

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Catching Fire: A Concert for Inclusion and Equality

Catching Fire: A Concert for Inclusion and Equality
Friday, October 17, 8pm, Sanctuary I Pre-Concert Reception*, 6:30pm, Great Hall

Join us for a truly unique experience that will blend exceptional musicality with social justice in action. Catching Fire: A Concert for Inclusion and Equality brings together renowned artists, committed activists—and representatives from no fewer than 11 area UMC congregations—to raise critical funds for the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), our denomination’s lead organization working to bring full inclusion for all LGBTQ persons within United Methodism.

The concert is sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BWARM). Tickets are still available here. In addition, our special guest on Friday evening will be the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who over the past 18 months has endured a difficult and controversial church trial, conviction and reinstatement. The concert comes at a critical juncture, as the Judicial Council (the denomination’s highest court) is now scheduled on October 22 to hear an appeal to Rev. Schaefer’s reinstatement. The RMN has played a crucial role in supporting Rev. Schaefer’s defense throughout his long ordeal. Funds raised by the concert will not only support these efforts but also a new initiative to promote better communication and reconciliation on this issue to UMC congregations in the southern US.

Rev. Schaefer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Defrocked: How a Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church, at an elegant pre-concert reception starting at 6:30pm in the Great Hall. Tickets for the reception are $10 and may only be purchased at the door. For more information on the program details visit rmnetwork.org/catchingfire.

Rarely has it been so easy to engage in meaningful action on behalf of social justice: simply purchase a ticket, gather in a lovely sacred space, and let joyous music uplift and transport you. We hope to see you Friday!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Neighborhoods that Vote Get Respect!

Neighborhoods that Vote Get Respect!
“Get Out the Vote” in South East DC
Saturday, October 25
On October 25, volunteers from Metropolitan and Wesley UMC will be working together with volunteers from our partner church Brighter Day UMC to encourage voters to participate in November’s mayoral election. While some see the outcome as a foregone conclusion, voting still matters! Because elected officials give the most attention to residents in areas most likely to vote.
This effort, undertaken with help from the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), will keep pressure on elected officials regarding the renovation of the Parkway Overlook complex -- an abandoned, city-owned complex of 266 family-sized apartment units near Brighter Day’s A.P. Shaw campus. In June 2013, Metropolitan and Brighter Day held a joint worship service to draw attention to the need to reclaim this property for affordable housing. Mayor Vincent Gray attended that service, pledging his support. While positive steps have been taken, we have not yet crossed the finish line.  Our ongoing support is vital!

Please consider being part of this effort. Our volunteers will depart from the Metropolitan parking lot promptly at 8:30am.   At 9am there will be a brief training and orientation led by WIN leaders at Brighter Day’s AP Shaw campus. We expect to be finished with the canvassing shortly after noon.
As we knock on doors, we will also be inviting people to attend a community picnic Brighter Day is hosting at the Henson Ridge community center Sunday, October 26 from 2 -  4pm. Our volunteers are encouraged to take part in this event, as well. For more information or to volunteer, contact Ann Michel.

Friday, September 26, 2014

New In-Depth Bible Course: Covenant Bible Study

 New In-depth Bible Course: Covenant Bible Study
Beginning Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm, Fireplace Room
Join us Thursday evenings for Covenant, an in-depth group Bible Study that centers around our relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. It differs from other Bible studies in that it emphasizes the biblical concept of Covenant—the enduring commitment between God and people—as a unifying pattern throughout the entire Bible. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses with us as God's people.

Covenant study covers the whole Bible by moving between the Old and New Testaments—discussing books from each in a way that shows the interconnectedness of scripture as a whole. Each week's episode includes a thought-provoking 20-minute video conversation between biblical experts that stimulates further discussion and reflection among the group members. Through community—through shared reflection and engagement together—we can best discover the Bible's transformative power.

To help the Covenant group deal with busy schedules, the episodes are structured in a modular way to provide flexibility without sacrificing committed study. Three 8-episode segments each explore a different aspect of Covenant life. Each will examine what Covenant means, and the progression of a Covenant relationship with God.
  • Creating the Covenant (October 2-November 20). Examine how the Covenant community is created and established.
  • Living the Covenant (January 8-February 26). Learn  how the community lives out their Covenant in faithful love—how it’s applied to actual relationships in everyday life.
  • Trusting the Covenant  (March 5-April 30...no class April 2). Discover the crises that sometimes call Covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.
Covenant Bible Study creates a learning experience where scripture meets everyday experience—within and beyond the sphere of church life. It builds trust in others as well as confidence in scripture. And it provides an exciting new opportunity to better understand God's call, God's love, and God's unexpected favor. Space is limited to 12 participants, so register today at nationalchurch.org/covenant. For more information, contact Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jazz@Wesley Season 5...Get Up and Go!


Jazz@Wesley
Saturday, September 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Wesley Fellowship Hall
Enjoy the sounds of latin jazz with Verny Varela and Alina Collins Maldonado! $10 entry l $7 Senior l 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at instantseats.com. Bring a nonperishable food item or a lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.*5312 Connecticut Ave., NW.
Jazz@Wesley
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wesley Fellowship Hall Enjoy the sounds of latin jazz with Verny Varela and Alina Collins Maldonado! $10 entry l $7 Senior l 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at instantseats.com. Bring a nonperishable food item or a lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.*5312 Connecticut Ave., NW. For more information, please feel free to call the Jazz@Wesley Information line at 202-966-5144 x-325 or email WesleyInfo@nationalchurch.org.
- See more at: http://nationalchurch.org/#sthash.mbmfioK8.dpuf
Jazz@Wesley
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wesley Fellowship Hall Enjoy the sounds of latin jazz with Verny Varela and Alina Collins Maldonado! $10 entry l $7 Senior l 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at instantseats.com. Bring a nonperishable food item or a lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.*5312 Connecticut Ave., NW. For more information, please feel free to call the Jazz@Wesley Information line at 202-966-5144 x-325 or email WesleyInfo@nationalchurch.org.
- See more at: http://nationalchurch.org/#sthash.mbmfioK8.dpuf
Jazz@Wesley
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wesley Fellowship Hall Enjoy the sounds of latin jazz with Verny Varela and Alina Collins Maldonado! $10 entry l $7 Senior l 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at instantseats.com. Bring a nonperishable food item or a lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.*5312 Connecticut Ave., NW. For more information, please feel free to call the Jazz@Wesley Information line at 202-966-5144 x-325 or email WesleyInfo@nationalchurch.org.
- See more at: http://nationalchurch.org/#sthash.mbmfioK8.dpuf
Jazz@Wesley
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wesley Fellowship Hall Enjoy the sounds of latin jazz with Verny Varela and Alina Collins Maldonado! $10 entry l $7 Senior l 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at instantseats.com. Bring a nonperishable food item or a lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.*5312 Connecticut Ave., NW. For more information, please feel free to call the Jazz@Wesley Information line at 202-966-5144 x-325 or email WesleyInfo@nationalchurch.org.
- See more at: http://nationalchurch.org/#sthash.mbmfioK8.dpuf

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reflections from Charlie Parker on His Sabbatical



On Sunday, September 14, Charlie Parker reflected on his recent sabbatical. View his slideshow of pictures below.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

News From the Green Team


American University Wins National “Cool School” Award, Inspire Us Forward
American University placed second in the nation in this year’s national “Cool Schools” competition for sustainable practices. AU has implemented extensive programs for Sustainability, including the biggest combined solar array in the District, 11 all-electric cars on campus, dozens of buildings in the process of getting LEED certified, a policy against idling cars, and the student-led Adopt-a-Tree program, which takes care of trees around D.C. The school has also set ambitious future goals. By 2016, clubs won't be allowed to buy bottled water. By 2017, at least 50% of dining-hall fare will be from sustainable sources. And by 2020, AU plans to be a “zero-waste” campus, sending no waste to landfills or incinerators.

Colleges and universities who compete in “Cool Schools” are evaluated on 68 categories of sustainable practices. The University of California, Irvine took first place in the competition, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable  endowments Institute (SEI), and the Princeton Review Sierra Club, and the Sierra Club.

Our Green Team congratulates AU and looks forward to opening dialogue with their Sustainability leaders and learning best practices for our own work, which so far has included new drinking fountains outside the office suite and the Great Hall. Both are equipped with bottle filling stations, which count the number of single-use water bottles saved by refilling reusable water bottles. And check out the vestry renovation! In addition to the new paint and new floor, new lights will be installed there this month which will use about one-third of the electricity of the current lights.