Becoming Beloved Community

Becoming Beloved Community (1)

    “To help dioceses and congregations take on this lifelong mission, in the spring of 2017, the Episcopal Church released its “Becoming Beloved Community” vision for racial reconciliation efforts. General Convention in 2015 allotted $2 million to this work.

    “The release followed a year of listening, consulting and reflection by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and the other officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies. They invited Episcopalians to study and commit to this mission.

    “The vision is four-fold, and more like a lifelong labyrinth rather than a chronological to-do list. The first part though, must be done before the others are possible, however, ...other racial healing activists say.

Telling the truth: “Who are we? What things have we done and left undone regarding racial justice and healing?” Church-wide initiatives include a census of the church and an audit of racial justice in Episcopal structures and systems.

Proclaiming the dream: How can we publicly acknowledge things done and left undone? What does Beloved Community look like in this place? What behaviors and commitments will foster reconciliation, justice, and healing? Initiatives include holding regional, public sacred listening and learning engagements, launching a story-sharing campaign and allocating the budget for lifelong formation of transformation.

Repairing the breach: What institutions and systems are broken? How will we participate in repair, restoration, and healing of people, institutions, and systems? Initiatives focus on justice reform, re-entry collaboratives with formerly incarcerated people returning to community and partnership with Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Practicing the way: How will we grow as reconcilers, healers and justice-bearers? How will we actively grow relationship across dividing walls and seek Christ in the other? This also involves the Becoming Beloved Community story-sharing campaign, as well as reconciliation and justice pilgrimages; multi-lingual formation and training; and liturgical resources for healing, reconciliation and justice.

    “What the presiding bishop and the officers hoped for was to offer up a framework, not necessarily a program, for racial reconciliation,” ...Episcopal News Service. 

    “Do your discernment. What does it look like to tell the truth about your church, who we are and who we have not welcomed over the year? Do your discernment over what it looks like to practice love, to be reconcilers and healers, what you need to do to repair the breach.”  (1)


I hope you find this respectful of you and your values and your contributions.

                    Robin Warfield

1)   Episcopal News Service.

March for Our Lives Update

On March 24, beginning at Noon, Episcopal youth and adults from around the country will be joining the March for our Lives march to end gun violence. This is the first of what is likely to be several updates as we get closer to the event for those of you who wish to join the the march.

If you plan to march in DC on March 24 and have not already done so, please RSVP at the March for Our Lives website here. This will ensure you get the most accurate information directly from the organizers of the march and will also help the organizers plan for the right number of people.

Yesterday the location and time of the march in DC was announced to be 12:00 noonon Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 12th Streets, NWHowever, because the announcement did not indicate at which location the event will begin, a gathering place for the diocese is still TBA.

As soon as the diocese announces our meeting spot, we will let you know. Remember that parking could be a problem and to carpool if possible.

Also, Washington National Cathedral will host an interfaith vigil on the eve of the march, Friday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. Learn more or RSVP here.

For more information on the diocesan coordination or for answers to some frequently asked questions check out the diocesan March for our lives page.

Read Bishop Mariann's article on the March for our Lives.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now. 

Coming Soon! REALM

What is Realm? Realm is a real ministry tool.


Realm is an online ministry tool designed for real time connection. It helps our church connect with you and you connect with us. If you consider yourself part of this church family, you’ll love it. Realm allows you to manage your personal information and who is allowed to see it, control your giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you.


Why use Realm? Realm strengthens church connections.


Being the church doesn’t just happen at the church. Realm helps us serve you better and leads this church well between Sundays. Everyone can be connected from anywhere at any time, right from our mobile devices. It engages everyone in the life of our church by supporting the healthy relationships essential to our church’s mission. We’ll stay organized, and you’ll stay informed about all of the opportunities for fellowship. When we share life together, we will grow together.


What about my privacy? Realm is safe, private, and secure.


Your privacy is one of our greatest concerns. Realm is only made up of the people in your church, it’s not like a social network that’s open to everyone. Realm keeps your data safe and gives you control over what information you share and who can see it.


What about giving? Realm gives you control over your giving.


Giving should be easy, and Realm places giving right in the palm of your hands. You may set up recurring gifts, view your giving history, and make changes at any time. Realm automatically records all electronic gifts and adds them to your giving record making it easy for you to give, and easy for our bookkeeper to track.

More details will follow as we roll out REALM

Literacy for Lent

Our Lenten offering this year will focus on literacy through gifts of books. Our monetary offering will go to “Reading is Terrific.” This is a literacy program  for first graders at Title I elementary schools in Montgomery County. The vast majority of the students in these schools are minority, low-income, special ed., and English Students of Other Languages. Readers go into these classrooms once a month to read to the children and each child then receives a hard cover edition of the book. Take a moment to look at the smiling faces on the poster in the narthex. At the end of the school year each child will have a personal library of nine books! 1,100 books are distributed each month. Frank Ierardi, a longtime member of Saint Anne’s, is one of the coordinators of this non-profit organization. All donations go to books for the children.

In an article by Richard Cohen in The Washington Post, he states “Low-income minority children are already four months behind the national average in reading and math scores by the time they arrive in kindergarten.  There are many reason for this – too much television time, too few books in the home, the mother doesn’t read to her kids.” "The Reading is Terrific" program helps these children catch up by making reading fun, encouraging them to read, and by putting books in their homes. There are currently 37 first grade classes in the program. Please be generous in giving to these children. There will be envelopes for your offerings in the Sunday bulletin.

We are also collecting books and craft supplies for Remote Area Medical (RAM USA) –which provides medical, dental and vision assistance for free in high-poverty areas. There will be  two events this year: one in Emporia, VA, and one in Baltimore, MD. There will be a "reading section" or "kids corner" close to one of the waiting rooms. While parents are waiting for their numbers to be called for medical assistance, their children are entertained with stories and craft projects. They are given books to take home. As mentioned, craft supplies such as crayons, paper, glue sticks, glitter, rubber stamps and pads are needed. There will be a bin for your offerings in the narthex.  More information is available on the poster.
Judy Partlow and Joyce Mason

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ)
is an independent organization of Episcopalians and some other people (e.g., other Christians, Jews, and non-religious people) who see the AFEDJ as a way to help the people of a diocese that includes the West Bank, Gaza, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. That is, the diocese of Archbishop, Suheil Dawani, who supervises these projects.
Understanding the situation in the Palestinian “West Bank” today requires that we know how the West Bank came to be.
The Palestinian “West Bank” is demarked by the armistice line (AKA “The Green Line”) at the end of the 1948-1949 war between the Israel and Jordan. It includes the parts of Judea and Samaria east of the Green Line to the Jordan River, and the eastern part of Jerusalem.
In 1950, Jordan annexed this land, which it then turned over to the people who lived there, who are known now as the Palestinians.
In the 1967 war between Israel and the neighboring Arab nations, Israel conquered the West Bank and has had it under Israeli military occupation ever since.
International opinion holds that the Green Line is the official border between Israel and Palestine, at least until a peace agreement is reached between Israel and Palestine. Any land swaps would come only after a peace agreement and by mutual agreement of both Israel and Palestine.
During the past several decades, Israel has allowed and subsequently aided Jewish settlers in building over 125 permanent settlements of varying size all over the inhabitable land in the West Bank. (International law prohibits the use of a military occupation to move civilian settlers onto the conquered land.)
There are now about 212,000 Israeli Jewish citizens living in Palestinian East Jerusalem and about another 371,000 in other settlements scattered throughout the rest of the West Bank. The Palestinian population is about 2,785,000 people, who are crowded on into the areas between settlements. Most settlements were created by destroying the Palestinian homes and forcibly evicting Palestinians from the land they had occupied.
Israel has also built a network of roads connecting many of its settlements to Israel and to each other. Palestinians are not allowed to use these roads, nor to cross them except at checkpoints.
This limits Palestinian travel to secondary roads with military checkpoints, which often have long lines waiting for permission to cross over. I saw a line of Palestinian cars over a mile long waiting to cross, while our bus was waved through. Commerce is very difficult and much of the arable land is for settlement use only. Life is very difficult in the West Bank.
Unlike the Hamas government in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has worked more closely with Israel to ensure safety for the citizens of both countries.
Within the West Bank, the AFEDJ provides funds for the Penman Clinic, that is located in the undercroft of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Zababdeh, St. Luke’s hospital in Nablus, and a clinic in Ramallah for treating diabetes, a widespread health problem in Palestine. These facilities provide medical help to anyone in need, regardless of their religion. I have visited the first two facilities and was quite impressed by their dedicated staffs.
Assistance is also provided to West Bank schools in Ramallah, including: the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School (grades K-12); and the Episcopal Technological and Vocational Training Center with its Technology Program and its hotel vocational school. I visited all three and was very impressed by what I saw.
The teachers seemed to be very dedicated and the older students seemed to appreciate what they are getting. I spoke at length with a high school girl, who looked like she could be the twin sister of one of my granddaughters. She spoke very highly about how much the school meant to her.
There are five Episcopal parishes in the West Bank and 24 more in other parts of the diocese. There are about 7,000 Arab Episcopalian members in the diocese, some of whom claim ancestry as long ago as the Byzantine era.
The web site for AFEDJ is and their email address is   Their telephone number is 1-203-655-3575

Dana Grubb

March for Our Lives

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now. 

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington will be taking part and is inviting all who wish to join youth and adults from other Episcopal Diocese's around the country. The Diocese is currently making plans and as soon as things are finalized we will send out information on where and when to meet.

Becoming Beloved Community

Black History month continues to focus our minds:


The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community vision – presented by our Church’s key leaders in May 2017...

“A Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice  (1)

"O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Prayer for the Human Family (Book of Common Prayer, p. 815) 

    “Jesus laid out the most basic Christian teaching of all when the young man asked him, “Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He told him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.(Matthew 22:36-40). 

    “The Beloved Community is the body within which all people can grow to love God and love the image of God that we find in our neighbors, in ourselves, and in creation. It provides a positive, theologically and biblically based ideal that orients the work of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. It is the end toward which the Jesus Movement points. 

    “The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community vision – presented by our Church’s key leaders in May 2017 – frames a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers who share a passion for the dream of God. Because this is the work of spiritual formation, and not simply completing a training or implementing a set of programs, we encourage individuals and congregations to embrace the journey ahead as a long-term commitment. It may be helpful to imagine a labyrinth as you reflect, act, and reflect again. After all, on the road toward reconciliation and healing, we travel around corners, make sharp turns, pass fellow travelers, and double back into quadrants we have indeed visited before, each time discovering a fresh revelation or challenge. 

    “In particular, we anticipate that becoming Beloved Community will lead communities and individuals through four interrelated commitments, like quadrants of the labyrinth ... 

“Telling the Truth:Who are we? What things have we done and left undone regarding                     racial justice and healing? 

“Proclaiming the Dream How can we publicly acknowledge things done and left undone? What does Beloved Community look like in this place? What behaviors and commitments will foster reconciliation, justice, and healing? 

“Repairing the Breach :What institutions and systems are broken near us? How will we participate in repair, restoration, and healing of people, institutions, and systems? 

“Practicing the Way of Love How will we grow as reconcilers, healers, and justice-bearers? How will we actively grow relationship across dividing walls and seek Christ in the other? 

The Above is taken from a document referenced below.  It is a resource for churches trying to find a way to enter the larger Conversation on Race

It is being offered in conjunction with Black History Month 2018.

Robin Warfield

(1)Adapted for individual and congregational use from "Becoming Beloved Community:
The Episcopal Church's Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice" (May 2017, Presented to the Church by the Presiding Officers of the Episcopal Church in response to General Convention Resolution C019 [“Establish Response to Systemic Injustice”]

Adam Hamilton at the National Cathedral, March 12, 2018

On Monday evening, March 12, Adam Hamilton, one of the most inspiring and influential Christian leaders of our country, will speak at Washington National Cathedral. Hamilton is Senior Pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, a church which he founded 20 years ago and is now the largest Methodist church in the country. It is a church that bridges the divides of our nation and witnesses to the transforming power of Jesus. One of its stated mission goals is the renewal of mainline Christianity.

The Cathedral event is Hamilton’s first stop on a national tour to discuss the themes of his most recent book, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

Listen to Adam Hamilton’s personal invitation to join him on March 12. He was inspired to write the book, he says, in response to the pervasiveness of fear in American culture. In it, he explores the top fears we face as a people, offering insights to address them from many fields, and most especially from the resources of our Christian faith.

You may reserve your seat and copy of Unafraid  here. The cost is $30.

The Bishop has set aside funds from the bishop’s discretionary account to pay for the ticket and book for up to 3 people from any interested congregation, diocesan campus or school. The Diocese of Washington is co-sponsoring the event with the Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Conference.

Women of St. Anne's Retreat

WOSA Retreat
Friday March 2, 2pm through Sunday March 4, after breakfast
Rehoboth Beach

Come spend some quality time with your WOSA family for a weekend of spiritual fun this Lenten season.

The theme this year is "My Faith Story: A Work in Progress.”

Discover common narratives we all share, as well as ways your story is so uniquely yours. Dedicate this time of reflection and prayer to opening your heart to Christ’s presence in your life. I promise you one thing, if past WOSA retreats are any indication: expect the unexpected :)

In peace,
Mother Vikki+

The  sign up sheet will be on the bulletin board on Sunday. Please note that you must be paid in full by Sunday, February 25. Unfortunately there can be no refunds after that date. Scholarships available - See Father Lee for a scholarship.

We Really do Welcome Everyone!

Adapted from Coventry Cathedral

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, partnered, or confused.

We welcome those of high net worth, those who are comfortable, and those without a nickel.

We celebrate wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome those who sing like Pavarotti or just hum quietly to themselves.

We welcome those just browsing, just woken up, or just gotten out of jail.

We welcome those more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, and those who haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a welcome to those who are over 60 but haven’t grown up yet, to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome soccer moms, and deadbeat dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, vegans, and junk food junkies.

We welcome those in recovery and those struggling with addiction. We welcome those who are having problems, who are down in the dumps, who don’t like organized religion.

We offer a welcome to those who work too hard, and those who don’t work at all.

We welcome those who forget names, who can’t spell, those who use twitter, and those who still believe a tweet comes from a bird.

We celebrate whomever you love.

We welcome Americans, Americans-to-be, those dreaming of being an American, those relocating or just visiting, one and all.

We welcome those here only because grandmother is in town or you are here visiting your grandmother and, you can’t say no to grandma.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both, or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer, who have had a painful experience with institutional religion, and those who just wound up here by accident.

We welcome doubters, seekers, tourists, and pilgrims.

Whoever you are, we welcome you.

Join others throughout the world!

What is the Good Book Club?

The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. Already, individuals, congregations, and organizations have committed to being a part of the Good Book Club, and we hope you’ll join the journey too!



Why read the Bible?


People who read scripture with an open heart grow in faith through their encounter with the sacred stories of the Bible. We know this to be true in our personal experiences — and we have research to back it up. RenewalWorks, a Forward Movement research-based initiative, has data from nearly half a million participants that identify scripture engagement as a key catalyst for spiritual vitality in congregations and for individuals. In other words, if you want to grow and strengthen your faith, reading scripture is the perfect exercise.

Why Luke and Acts?


We love sequels, and Luke-Acts provides a wonderful two-part narrative. Luke tells the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection. Acts picks up where Luke leaves off and tells the story of the earliest disciples through the lens of Peter and Paul and the real star of the show — the Holy Spirit. Written by the same author, the books are accessible, and the story is a page-turner!

How will it work?


Forward Movement has created a set of daily readings  to divide Luke and Acts into 50 days each. Each day, participants will read a few verses of Luke or Acts. Readers of Forward Day by Day can easily follow along, with Luke and Acts guiding the reflections during Lent-Easter 2018.



Will there be other resources?

Yes! In addition to Forward Day by Day, Forward Movement offers the Bible Challengeseries, A Journey with Luke and A Journey through Acts, with theological reflections written by faith leaders from around the world. Forward Movement also will provide a free, downloadable discussion guide for groups. Further, many partners are working with Forward Movement to create resources to support you on your journey in the Good Book Club. These resources will include videos, podcasts, blogs, and study guides for all ages.


Who is doing this work?

The Good Book Club is an initiative of Forward Movement. In addition, many partners from across the church are joining in the project. Partners include The Episcopal ChurchThe Center for Biblical StudiesEpiscopal Church WomenActs 8ChurchNextEpiscopal Church Foundation, and many others. Visit the partners page to see the full list—and keep checking as we expect to add more.

Become an Organ Donor Today!

Music is an important, vital ministry of our church. A quality music program enhances the worship service, brings people into the church, and is often one of the reasons they stay to worship with us. We want the best music program we can offer at each of our worship services and to our community through concerts and special events.

For some time now we have been aware of a critical need to replace our organ at St. Anne's. Our current instrument was built from various components, and the console—the part of the organ where our organist sits, and that controls everything—is reaching the end of its useful life. The present two-manual organ is actually undersized for our space and does not have the capabilities to grow with our music program.

We will be replacing our organ with a digital console with the ability to, in the future hook up to our existing pipes.This is something that many churches throughout the country—both small and large—are now doing. The cost of installing a new console, amplifiers and hidden speakers for the digital voices is a fraction of what it would cost to install a new console with equivalent pipes. In the last five years, sound sampling technology—recording pipe organs throughout the world and digitally sampling the separate sounds for reproduction—has improved to the point where most people cannot tell the difference between pipes and well-engineered digital voices. It is important to note that we are not removing any of our existing pipes and plan on reconnecting the pipes in the future.

The cost is just over $76,000, and we need your support! Please consider being an “Organ Donor” today!

New Neighbors Food Drive

St. Anne's is collecting food, hygiene and cleaning supplies for refugee families in our area.  Everything we collect will go to the food bank at the Islamic Center of Maryland that serves these families. If you would like to contribute, please drop off your donations by February 25. The shopping list appears below. Thank you!

  • Basmati rice 
  • Pasta sauce (without meat)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Dried pasta
  • Dried fava beans
  • Black olives
  • Snacks for kids
  • Cooking oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry soap
  • Lysol/household cleaner
  • Ajax scouring powder
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Bath soap bars
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Baby shampoo
  • Toothpaste & tooth brushes


ActNow: A National Gathering to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.



April 3-5


Let’s finish the work

Join us for a rally and a call to action on the National Mall in Washington, DC!

ACT Now to:


-Awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all

-Confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong

-Transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions

ACT Now: Unite to End Racism in the areas of church life and practices, criminal, economic and social justice, civil and human rights, environmental justice, immigration, media, and education.

Join in the clarion call to heal the soul of the nation as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Let’s finish the work!

Where: At sites across Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall

When: April 3-5, 2018

  • Tuesday evening, April 3: Service of Worship in the Orthodox Tradition
  • Wednesday, April 4: Rally on the National Mall, 7:00am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, April 5: a Day of Action in the Nation’s Capital

You can get more information or register at



Continuing the Church's Call to Pass the E.R.A.

Since 1979 the General Convention of The Episcopal Church has endorsed the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex. After the 19th Amendment affirming women’s right to vote was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing "equal justice under law" to all citizens.



In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The original seven-year time limit was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at that deadline, the ERA had been ratified by only 35 states, three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution. The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since the deadline, and beginning in 1994, ERA advocates have been pursuing two different routes to ratification:

  • the traditional process described in Article V of the Constitution(passage by a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by three-quarters of the states), and
  • the innovative “three-state strategy” (ratification in three more of the 15 state legislatures that did not ratify the ERA in 1972-82, based on legal analysis that when three more states vote yes, this process could withstand legal challenge and accomplish ratification of the ERA).

On March 22, 2017, 45 years to the day after Congress passed the ERA, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify it.  In 2017 ERA bills have also been introduced in the legislatures of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

There is currently an Resolution (S.J. Res 5) to remove the deadline for ratification.This joint resolution eliminates the time limit for ratification of the equal rights amendment (prohibits discrimination on account of sex) proposed to the states in House Joint Resolution 208 of the 92nd Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972. The amendment shall be part of the Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

People who are interested are asked to join in the #POWEROF10 movement.

Every Monday call Us Senator Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744 and ask him to hold hearings on S.J. Res 5 - removing the deadline on the E.R.A.

Call 10 friends and have them call their 10 friends and Senator Grassley.

Striving For Justice and Peace

The Celebrant: Will you strive for Justice and Peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

The People: We will, with God's help.

The Return of the Day

We had the pleasure of being in church together on January 21, 2018 which was the one year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington.  On that mild winter day in 2017, women and men from all over the United States came to Washington DC to join each other and to let each other know that whatever happened in the upcoming year, no woman would have to feel alone.

These women and men, some in pink hats, holding placards, walked and sang and chanted. They gathered from dawn to dark filling the streets and green spaces of the National Mall.

When many of the marchers returned home for the evening they were astounded to find that women and men on all seven continents on this Earth had marched and that the tally for the total number of marchers exceeded 3 million.   Seven Continents:Three Million Marchers.

We might not know three million people, personally, but we could recall the day for our friends and families.  We could use a ‘tiny nudge’ to bring that day back to their minds by sending a prayer, a verse, a picture, or just a sentence or two. In short, we could join together again -virtually- simply by acknowledging the Return of The Day.

This World Wide March was an event to be remembered just like a world war.  It could be remembered as World Wide Peace I.

I hope to hear from you on the many points of social activism and justice during the year 2018.  I hope you find this column today and those throughout this coming year respectful of you and your beliefs.

Will we strive for Justice and Peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human Being?  

 The People Answer ?


Robin Warfield

Social Activism

January 21, 2017 was the first anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington.  Women and men all across the United States marched again on Saturday and Sunday in solidarity with each other for the maintenance of women’s health care and their rights as human beings on the earth.  Women and men with other ideas of how health and rights should be managed marched on Friday, January 19, 2017.

Women from Saint Anne’s Church made contributions to the day by marching, writing prayers, saying prayers, writing for the newsletter, selecting and arranging music and playing music during the service. Some attended commemorative events at other churches and synagogues in the area.

At the Annual Meeting a short impromptu talk about race relations in America started an actual conversation on race. Ideas about race, colorblindness and “white privilege” helped us to see the need for understanding the language of the ‘race relations movement’ here at Saint Anne’s.  Hopefully the talk sparked interest in St. Anne’s becoming involved in 21st century Episcopal communion-wide efforts to learn about and practice anti-racism.

The day was full of energy and excitement.  Perhaps the most stirring was Pam Brewer’s spontaneous offering during the Prayers of the People.  She prayed a prayer written by several women of St. Anne's which you can read above!

Many in the congregation felt deeply touched by the reading of the prayer and the words spoke to them opening their hearts to new possibilities.  

The year 2018 is full of promise.  There are many ways to be involved in Social Justice.  Not all acts have to be big or reported in the newsletter. There is certainly room for everyone to find a way to make a difference.

Robin Warfield

Prayer for the Anniversary of the Women's March

The prayer offered on Sunday was written by some of the women of St. Anne's, here is a copy! Thank you for this wonderful prayer!

Dearest God, who calls our hearts to Peace and Justice, 
Hold us in your Love as we remember January of last year
when the World paused, a new president took office and
Women marched.

Holy Mother, embrace women and their allies who work daily
for Dignity, Respect, Justice, Peace and Self-determination
for all people everywhere. Protect us from the cruelty of cynicism
and the temptation of despair. Guide us to plant hope for a
better world in every heart.  Give us strength
to march for a better world, to meet opposition with Love, 
and to seek Christ in all people.