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Coffee & Conversation: Refugees in Crisis

Sunday, March 26

Alongside Michael Takeo Magruder’s work Lamentation for the Forsaken, a study of the Syrian refugee crisis, which is currently on display at Epiphany as part of the Stations of the Cross exhibition for Station 9 – Jesus Falls for the Third Time, our Coffee and Conversation on March 26 offers a further opportunity to express our solidarity with those who afflicted by this crisis.

In 2015 many French towns agreed to accept refugees from war-torn Afghanistan in response to the request from the French national government. French resident and political activist Kersti Colombant will share in detail her experiences of resettling refugees and the challenges of  helping them to become acclimated in to a new social and economic structure.

Colombant originally hails from Australia, but was a long-time D.C. resident who taught French and English as second languages and retired to France a few years ago.

March 26: Robert Cumming Schenck (1890)

Robert C. Schenck was born in Franklin, Ohio to important early settlers of that region. He graduated with honors from Miami University where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Afterwards he studied law and practiced in Dayton. An able speaker, Schenck was elected to Congress in 1843. He worked to repeal the gag rule that had long been used to prevent antislavery petitions from being read on the floor of the house. He opposed the Mexican-American War as a war of aggression to further slavery. Declining re-election in 1851, President Fillmore appointed Schenck minister to Brazil. In 1859, Schenck delivered a speech in Dayton in which he recommended Abraham Lincoln for the presidency, perhaps Lincoln’s first public endorsement.

President Lincoln appointed Schenck as a brigadier general of volunteers during the Civil War. Schenck saw action at both battles of Bull Run and the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. In 1870, Schenck was appointed by President Grant as minister to the United Kingdom. At a royal party, Ambassador Schenck shared his rules for playing poker with a duchess. The game quickly became popular in England, where it was known as “Schenck’s poker.” Upon his return to the United States, Schenck resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. During this time, Schenck’s daughter, Sally, was baptized and confirmed at the Church of the Epiphany.

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March 25: Katherine Roberts Quail Pearson (1890)

Over a period of 22 years (1868-1890), Mrs. Kate Quail Pearson served as Epiphany’s organist and choir director during a period of great growth for the parish. When she first started playing the organ at Epiphany at age 20, she is referred to in records as “Miss Katie Quail.” Four years later, she was married at the church to Quincy A. Pearson by rector Wilbur Watkins. After the 1874 renovation of the church, music became an increasingly prominent feature of worship. The 1874 renovation is the one that literally raised the roof and gave the interior the hammer beam ceiling visible today. It also brought a new organ (the church’s third) that was placed in the rear gallery.

Rector William Paret was not musically inclined, so he left things related to the choir up to Mrs. Pearson. For several years, there was a paid double quartet with a few volunteers. Later, Paret advocated for a larger choir to promote heartier congregational singing. The rear organ gallery was rearranged to accommodate a 70-voice choir, although the number never grew much above 40. After Mrs. Pearson’s untimely death on March 25, 1890 at age 43, her funeral was at Epiphany. William Paret, now Bishop of Maryland, returned to Epiphany to lead the service. Later the vestry paid tribute to Pearson’s “skill and taste as a musician, her ability as a director, and her tact as a woman” and acknowledged Epiphany’s debt to her “for the phenomenal success of its music, which has combined in a rare degree artistic excellence with religious feeling.

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March 24: Epiphany Chapel, SW Washington (1880)

For much of the 19th Century, Epiphany’s parish bounds included the area between 12th and 15th Streets and from K Street down to the Potomac River. Shortly after William Paret became rector in 1876, he concluded that bounds were primarily convenient dividers for charitable work. A parish looked after poor people in the parish bounds. Before the government buildings were built south of the mall, this southern part of the parish was a residential area mostly of low-income families, none of which were coming to Epiphany on G Street, NW. In March of 1880, a new Epiphany mission was opened in a rented house on Maryland Ave, SW. Within a short time, there were weekly worship services, Sunday school, and a sewing school, all with a large attendance.

With the work of the mission soon outgrowing the rented building, it was decided to buy the property and build an adjoining structure. A new red brick chapel seating 300 was completed in the spring of 1882. By the late 1880’s more than half of Epiphany’s confirmations were of people associated with the chapel rather than the church. Due to increasing rail traffic in the neighborhood, Epiphany’s vestry decided to purchase a new lot at the corner of 12th and C Streets, SW to build a new 500-seat chapel and mission house. This endeavor was officially called St. Barnabas’ Chapel, although this name was rarely used. Epiphany Chapel provided a vital ministry in SW Washington until January 1948 when it was finally closed due to the changing neighborhood.

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March 23: Morrison Remick Waite (1888)

Morrison Remick Waite was the seventh Chief Justice of the United States, serving from 1874 until his death in 1888. Born and raised in Connecticut, he left his home state to make his career practicing law in northwestern Ohio. Waite ran twice unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate and spent one term in the state legislature. Waite later declined a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. He gained a measure of national attention when he represented the U.S. delegation to an international arbitration aimed at settling a dispute between the United States and Great Britain and brought Waite praise and attention. Waite was appointed to the Supreme Court by President U.S. Grant. Waite’s view of the judicial function guided thinking about judicial review well into the 20th century.

Morrison Waite was a member of Epiphany’s vestry from 1883 until his death. He was a lay delegate to the diocesan convention in 1884. Chief Justice Waite’s funeral is included in Epiphany’s register. The service was held in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. Attendees included members of Congress, President and Mrs. Cleveland, the Supreme Court justices, the Cabinet, and the diplomatic corps. Due to the illness of rector Samuel Giesy, Bishop William Paret and other members of Epiphany’s clergy participated in the service.

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March 22: Sarah Hand Coleman (1893)

Sarah Coleman was a granddaughter of millionaire industrialist Robert Coleman. With her sister, Margaret, she purchased a home in Washington on Lafayette Square, which is today the parish house for St. John’s Church. It’s hard to know what drew Sarah to Epiphany even though she was living next door to St John’s. Epiphany’s records show her confirmation in 1863. From that time forward, her contributions to Epiphany’s ministries are significant. She appears to have inspired her two nieces, Isabel and Margaret, to do the same. The Epiphany Church Home, an outreach program for indigent women and children, seemed to be near and ear to her heart. Upon her death, her nieces funded a chapel at the home in her memory.

Following her death on March 22, 1893, Sarah Coleman’s funeral took place at Epiphany. A Parish Guide tribute the following month stated: “Epiphany had no more loyal or more liberal daughter. For a generation she went into and out of the church, a pattern of unassuming piety, a coadjutor of every good work.”

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March 21: +Ronald Hayward Haines (2008)

Ronald Hayward Haines served as the Seventh Bishop of Washington for the last decade of the 20th Century. Carved on his tomb at Washington Cathedral are the words, “Courageous and Staunch Advocate For All People.” His life’s journey had taken many twists and turns. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he was a graduate of the University of Delaware School of Engineering and for ten years pursued a career in that field. It was due to a significant health crisis that his wife suffered that Haines had a spiritual reawakening. Participation in local prayer groups led to seminary study and eventual ordination to the priesthood. After serving at parishes in New York City and North Carolina, Ronald Haines was called to Washington, D.C.

Several historic events at Epiphany marked Haines’ ministry over the next 14 years. In special diocesan conventions held at Epiphany, Haines was elected bishop suffragan (1986) and then bishop diocesan (1990). In 1991, Bishop Haines ordained at Epiphany the Rev. Elizabeth Carl, an open lesbian, which caused a period of protest and internal examination. Following Bishop Haines’ call for an election for a new suffragan bishop, a special diocesan convention at Epiphany elected Jane Holmes Dixon, the third woman in the Anglican Communion to become a bishop. In 1994, Bishop Haines instituted Randolph Charles as Epiphany’s 14th rector. Near the end of his episcopate, Bishop Haines joined Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold at Epiphany in celebrating the ministry of Pamela Chinnis.

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March 20: Wheelock Graves Veazey (1898)

After his education at Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, New Hampshire native Wheelock G. Veazey proceeded to study law. His legal career was quickly interrupted with the outbreak of the Civil War. Veazey enrolled as a private and rose in the ranks to become commander of a Vermont Infantry regiment. He led this unit at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Twenty-eight years later, he received the Medal of Honor for his actions during that engagement. Veazey’s first daughter was born about the time of the battle. She was named Anne Gettysburg Veazey. Following his military service, Veazey was elected to the Vermont State Senate. The Vermont legislature later elected him as a judge of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Veazey’s appointment by President Benjamin Harrison as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1889 brought him to Washington, D.C. Within a year, Veazey’s daughter, Anne, was married at Epiphany. Following his death in 1898, Veazey’s funeral took place at Epiphany with his interment afterwards at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Lent & Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday  – April 9 – Joint Service at 10:00am

Tuesday Concert Series – April 11 – Members of the Epiphany Choir performing Leçons de ténèbres

Maundy Thursday – April 13 – 7:00pm

Good Friday – April 14 – 12:10pm

Good Friday Concert– April 14 – 6:00pm

Stations of the Cross an evening of music by Marcel Dupre with readings of Paul Claudel’s poems

Easter Vigil – April 15 – 7:00pm

Easter Sunday – April 16 – 8:00 & 11:00am

March 19: Marsha Ann Friberg Shinkman (2012)

A native of Jamestown, New York, Marsha Shinkman’s career in education spanned 47 years. Following her graduation from college, she taught at elementary schools in Pennsylvania and New York. Later, she became public relations director at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut. While in Hartford, she earned a Master’s Degree in English from Trinity College. An opportunity at Stanford University’s development office took Marsha to Palo Alto, California. She later transferred to Washington, D.C. when she became assistant director of Stanford’s Washington program, which welcomed students to the nation’s capital.

Upon arriving in Washington in the early 1990’s, Marsha was no stranger to Epiphany. Her husband, Chris, was one of three sons of long-time parishioners Paul and Elizabeth Shinkman. Marsha served on Epiphany’s vestry. She was an active volunteer throughout the city supporting the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Washington Cathedral. Marsha is remembered for her “bubbly, outgoing personality.” As a lasting tribute of her spirit of hospitality, one of the movable chairs added in Epiphany’s most recent renovation was given in Marsha’s memory.

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