Our Community

Missional Faith Community

The Church of the Epiphany has been mission-oriented since its founding in 1842. For more than a century and a half, we have been called to build an inclusive and diverse community, serve people in need, and celebrate the arts. We are an open and affirming Christian community that is passionate about hospitality and justice. The Epiphany Community includes parishioners, the downtown economically poor, downtown workers, friends, and visitors. We also provide space to several valuable community organizations. The Church of the Epiphany is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, within the Episcopal Church. Learn more about our community and partners below.

Diverse and Inclusive Congregation

At the core of the Epiphany Community is a parish that is diverse in many ways and open to all. We are a welcoming and affirming congregation. The Church of the Epiphany includes the following: parishioners who participate regularly in the worship, ministry and funding of the parish; new parishioners who have recently joined Epiphany; and newcomers who are considering membership. Also connected to the congregation are friends who support the ministry of the parish through prayer and funding, and visitors who are curious and occasional attendees. 
 
Epiphany is a destination church, which means that people come from all over the Washington Metro Area to worship at Epiphany and to participate in our ministries. Epiphany touches and is touched by people in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs as well as residents of the District of Columbia.

Downtown Economically Poor (Outreach Participants)

In addition to the congregation, another primary category of Epiphany Community people is the downtown economically poor and those experiencing homelessness who participate in our outreach ministries, such as The Welcome Table on Sunday mornings, Street Church midday on Tuesdays, and Sanctuary Ministry on weekdays.
Learn more about The Welcome Table.
Learn more about Street Church.
Learn more about Gospel Art!

Downtown Workers (Weekday Associates)

Another primary category of members of the Epiphany Community is the downtown work force. Weekday associates are downtown workers  who participate regularly in the weekday worship, ministry, cultural events or funding of the parish but are members of other faith communities.
Weekday Worship 
Tuesday Concert Series

Resident Organizations

Epiphany is honored to provide space in our building for several organizations that share our values of diversity, serving people in need, and celebrating the arts.
 
AA, Al-Anon, NA, and SLAA are 12-step groups that help people live healthy lives.
 
ADAMS, The All Dulles Area Muslim Society, meets on weekdays for prayers and Fridays for a prayer service.
 
Street Sense is a biweekly newspaper by and for the homeless of Washington, DC.
 
YSOP (Youth Service Opportunities Project) provides volunteer experiences for young people.
 

Diocese of Washington

A diocese is made up of local congregations with a bishop as its chief pastor. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington comprises 93 Episcopal congregations in the District of Columbia and the Maryland counties of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and Saint Mary’s. This diocese also includes Washington National Cathedral. The bishop of the Diocese of Washington is the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde. There are approximately 40,000 baptized worshipers in the Diocese of Washington. Diocesan congregations are diverse and range from small rural churches to large urban parishes.
Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church was founded in 1789. Learn more about it using the links below.
The Episcopal Church
The Visitors’ Center of the Episcopal Church
Episcopal Digital Network

Worldwide Anglican Communion

The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the churches around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England, and maintain a “communion” with it, hence the name “Anglican.” Other members of the Communion include the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Nigeria. In fact, most Anglicans now live in Africa.
 
A bit of history… during the Reformation in the 16th Century, Henry VIII declared the Church of England independent of the Roman Catholic Church with himself as its head. It was the result of many factors, some political and some theological, but it has given rise to a distinct form of Christianity, known as Anglicanism.
Anglican Communion
Anglicans Online