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.
Diverse, Inclusive, Open, and Affirming Congregation
At the core of the Epiphany Community is a parish that is diverse in many ways and open to all. We are upper middle class, middle class, working poor, and penniless. We are white collar, blue collar, no collar and unemployed. Our oldest parishioner is over 90 years old and our youngest is under one year old. We are homeless, recently housed, apartment dwellers and long-time city and suburban homeowners. We are Asian, African, Caribbean, Caucasian, African American and Hispanic. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight. We are life-long Episcopalians, Christians baptized in other traditions, newly confirmed, seekers and visitors. We deal with issues of mental illness, addiction, homelessness and poverty, as well as pride, prejudice, and privilege.
Because of our downtown location, Epiphany is a destination church; people come from all over the Washington Metro Area to worship at Epiphany and to participate in our ministries. Epiphany is made up of people in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, as well as residents of the District of Columbia.