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Lent Formation Opportunities

The Church of the Epiphany is offering three engaging formation opportunities this Lent:

Lenten Lab: Experiments in Epiphany
Join us this Lent as we experiment in the way of Jesus. Each weekday morning in Lent a new experiment will be posted through our Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@EpiphanyDC) or delivered straight to your email inbox (sign up here).  These experiments will lead us to try out new ways of prayer, loving our neighbors, and seeing God in the everyday. At the end of each week we will have a “Friday Fifteen”: a 15 minute conference call that will include a short meditation and time to share your ongoing experiences with the Lenten Lab. The call will be held each Friday in Lent at 12:15 PM ET via conference call (Phone #: 712.775.7031; Conference ID: 363-056-320).
For questions, contact Epiphany seminarian Ragan Sutterfield at

Feb. 22-Mar. 22, Sundays in Lent
The Episcopal Way, 12:45- 1:45 pm
Denominational affiliation is becoming less and less a factor in church participation. Still, however, it is critical to be informed about the basic principals of The Episcopal Church, because they are the structure and framework of our church life. Eric Law and Stephanie Spellers wrote The Episcopal Way as Volume 1 of the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World. Law and Spellers’ work brings a fresh and new perspective to the meaning of Episcopalian.  Their book, which is available at Epiphany for $10 or on Amazon, will be the conversation starter for Sunday sessions in the Willard Room.

Feb. 25-Mar. 25, Wednesdays in Lent
St. Francis and the Sultan, 6:00- 7:00 pm
This is a quote from the Preface of St. Francis and the Sultan: “We all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, have a choice. Either we allow our fears to bear us along towards what could eventually become a war of apocalyptic dimensions. Or we can rouse ourselves from our fearful obsessions and search for ways not only to reverse this negative trend but also, and most importantly, to focus the world s energies on achieving peace and human flourishing.” Conversations about Muslims and Christians working together for peace will be held in the church.

February 17- Epiphany Mardi Gras Party Postponed

Epiphany’s Mardi Gras Party has been postponed due to the snow.  We do apologize and please stay tuned for more information regarding rescheduling.

February 8- Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Concert

Sunday, February 8, 3:00 pm- Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
We have mixed the old and familiar with the very new in this concert. We are in for a treat to hear the Trombonist Brian Bourne premiere Maryland composer Ross Wixon’s work for strings and trombone. Liszt’s well-known and popular work hardly requires an introduction, nor does Brahms’s Piano Concerto. Those of you who heard Thomas Pandolfi perform at our Lyceum Chamber concerts know that this will be a wonderful performance.  Don’t miss it! Purchase tickets online. If you heard about this concert from The Church of the Epiphany you can receive a 50% discount off ticket prices with code COE2.

  • Ross Wixon Sparkling Dialogue, for Trombone and Strings (world premiere) with trombonist Brian Bourne
  • Franz Liszt Les Préludes, S.97 (Symphonic Poem No.3)
  • Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 15, in D minor with pianist Thomas Pandolfi

January 25- 31- God’s Abiding Love: An Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life

God’s Abiding Love at the Church of the Epiphany
An Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life sponsored by Holy Trinity Church
January 25 – 31, 2015
Advance registration is required. Deadline – Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This retreat is designed especially for individuals who are new to praying with Scripture in an Ignatian way. During the retreat we ask you to spend ½ hour of reflection with a scripture passage we suggest and a ½ hour private meeting with Rev. Stephen Wade at the Church of the Epiphany. Please see the brochure and registration form for available meeting times.

The retreat will open with a gathering of all those making the retreat on Sunday, January 25th from 3-5 PM and close on Saturday, January 31st from 8:30-10:30 AM.  Group meetings are held at Holy Trinity Church, 3513 N St. N.W.  Registration forms can be found at or at the Epiphany Parish Office or For more information please contact Martina O’Shea at 202-903-2810 or

Retreatants had this to say about their experience:

“The opening [of the retreat on Sunday] really helped gather me for the week ahead – settled me in a way. For those who may have been unfamiliar with this type of prayer it was a good introduction and for those more familiar, a way to already begin their retreat.”

“The meeting with my spiritual guide enriched my experience greatly.”


Ministry at Epiphany

Are you searching for a way to get more involved at The Church of the Epiphany? Check out the list of parish ministries and ministry teams below:

2015 Parish Ministries

2015 Ministry Teams

Take a look, see what captures your interest, and contact the parish office for a meeting with the Rector to discuss where you may be called to serve.


ADAMS Condemns the vicious terrorist crimes in the Paris attacks and Reaffirms protection of freedom of speech

Terrorism and murder are not of God. No major world religion condones terrorism and murder. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) meets at Epiphany for midday prayers and Friday prayers. We commend to you their statement in regard to the recent terrorist attack in Paris. We all pray for peace and justice.

“The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) condemns the vicious terrorist crimes in the Paris attacks on civilians and police, and on freedom of speech itself. Our hearts, thoughts and profound sympathies are with all the victims of these horrific acts, and with their families.   We hope that France’s law enforcement Agencies will quickly bring those responsible for these heinous crimes to justice.

We remind people worldwide that those who planned and executed this malicious attack may claim to act in the name of Islam, but nothing could be further from the truth.    Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and any violence against innocent lives, and gives no justification whatsoever for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ lives and property through suicide bombings or any other similar attack is strictly haram – or forbidden – and those who commit such callous acts are cold-blooded criminals without any true religious principles.

Their claim to protect the reputation of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) are contradicted not only by the teachings of Islam, but by his own refusal to retaliate in any way against those who insulted or even attacked his person.  When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was being stoned in the city of Ta’if in Arabia, he responded with patience and peace, and prayed for Guidance for the People there.  God Almighty tells us “Good and wrong cannot be equal; repel wrong with something which is better, and verily he between whom and thyself was enmity may then become as though he had always been a close, true friend.” (Quran – 41:34).

France’s Muslim Community has rightfully condemned the attack as “barbaric” and we agree with the French Muslim Council (CFCM) statement that “This extremely grave and barbaric action is also an attack against democracy and the freedom of the press”.  The fact that one of the Police officers killed was Muslim shows these attackers are not seeking to protect Islam and Muslims, but rather only to promote terror, and do not care who suffers from their barbaric acts.

As Muslims we encourage responsible speech, and reject Hate speech in any form. But we firmly believe that all speech, even if mocking and satirical and even if deeply offensive, should and must be protected.  Freedom of Speech is absolutely sacred to every American, of any religion.

As Muslims we respond with peace, love, respect and harmony to any challenges and negativity.  The only acceptable response to offensive cartoons is to reach out to local media, schools and government officials, to promote better understanding of what Islam truly stands for, and send a copy of the Holy Quran for them to read and judge for themselves the truth about Islam.

We therefore pray that the senseless and savage action of a few deranged criminals does not lead to the vilification and stereotyping of the Muslim community.  We must work together to help bring about a real peace, and an end to terrorism, extremism and conflict.”

Text from an email release sent by The All Dulles Area Muslim Society, January 9, 2015.

DC Hypothermia Hotline

With temperatures below freezing, the streets are particularly dangerous for DC’s homeless population right now. If you see someone who is in need of shelter, please call the DC Hypothermia Hotline at 1-800-535-7252. 
A call to this hotline should result in a van coming to take the person off the street and to an emergency shelter. For more information about DC’s Hypothermia Alert please see the DC Department of Human Services website, and this helpful article from SOME.

January 4- Feast of the Epiphany


We will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 4.  It is our day, our parish name day.  There will be special music and fellowship time as we begin another calendar year together.  It’s also another great Sunday to invite guests to “come and see” The Church of the Epiphany.  We have room for all!

January 1- Church and Parish Office Closed for New Year’s

On Thursday, January 1, The Church of the Epiphany and Parish Office will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day.

“Opt In” to a Print Newsletter

Staying in touch and sharing information is a high priority at Epiphany. For the last several months of 2014 we mailed a weekly newsletter to all parishioners, in addition to our regular email newsletter, Epiphanies Happen. Given the amount of time, paper, and postage a weekly letter to the entire parish requires, we have decided to implement an “opt in” print newsletter for 2015.

We are still in the early stages of discerning what form Epiphany’s print newsletter will take.  Below is a form to complete if you would like to receive a print newsletter. On this form you will have the opportunity to express your preference for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly newsletter, as well as space to provide input about the type of information you wish to receive from Epiphany. Once we have collected your responses, we will decide how many times a month this newsletter will be sent and what type of content it will include. Your feedback is an important part of this process!

The print newsletter form can be returned to the Parish Office on Sunday mornings, during the week between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, or by mail. You can also opt in to the print newsletter by contacting Epiphany’s Administrative Assistant, Catherine Manhardt directly at 202-347-2635 or

Opt In Print Newsletter Form