A Word from Laura: Getting Angry with God

No one has ever accused me of being part of an angry mob.  Public demonstration or peaceful protest?  Yes.  But “mob” mentality?  Never, at least, not until this month.  For me, the words coming from the administration are not so much about my political affiliation, but about the values shaped by my faith, especially women’s rights and social justice.

I will continue to reject mob mentality and behavior, but I identify with the angry part...



People for Fairness Coalition

Did you know that the People For Fairness Coalition (PFFC) was started in 2008 in Miriam’s Kitchen dining room right here in Western Presbyterian Church?  They are working on several initiatives you can support:

  • Sunday, October 14 – Sign petition after worship: There are only two 24/7 public bathroom facilities in DC, both located at national memorials...
  • Sunday, October 28 – Hear more from PFFC in worship
  • December 21 – Vigil for the Homeless at Luther Place Memorial Church: PFFC organizes the annual Vigil for the Homeless ...

Leadership Highlights

As Session and the Deacons broke bread together on Tuesday, Laura and John proposed a journey Western could embark on to become a more fully inclusive and intercultural church. We would follow a model laid out by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. John Janka.

The first step: Forming a vision team -- 8-10 elders, deacons, and congregation members --  that would grow together as a community through sharing stories, listening to the congregation, and identifying cultural norms. The team would work together to craft a vision for what radical welcome...


Update on Virginia Avenue Plaza

The Plaza Task Force has been working since August to develop a plan that will meet the Session's goals for the plaza space. The Session established the Task Force to find a use for the space that is economical, aesthetically pleasing, prevents the current misuse of the plaza space (human waste, garbage, etc), and that advances Western's mission.  The Task Force is seeking proposals from several designers, but any recommendations on landscape architects or other professionals from the congregation would be welcomed. Contact co-chairs Rebecca Jackson or Susanne Ward for more information.

Upcoming Roof Repairs

Starting mid-October, contractors will be onsite for 4-5 weeks to replace the church roof. During this time, the parking garage will be closed on Saturdays. Questions? Contact Sterling Thomas


Getting Angry with God

Hebrews 4:12-16; Job 23:1–9, 16–17

Rev. Dr. Laura Cunningham, preaching

Before Worship:

11am Worship:

After Worship:

  • 12pm Hospitality - Families with last names H-M are invited to bring refreshments
  • 12:15pm Plaza Task Force Meeting


This Week

Counselor at Western on Tuesdays
10/16 - 8:00am | TBY Room

Counselor at Western on Wednesdays
10/17 - 8:00am | TBY Room

Western Volunteers at Miriam's Kitchen
10/17 - 4:00pm | Miriam's Kitchen

10/17 - 6:00pm | Courtyard Room

All Church Retreat
10/20-21 - All day | Camp Hanover

Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival
10/20 - 10am | Westminster Presbyterian Church, DC

Save the Date

Free Minds Write Night & Recognition Ceremony
10/24 - 6:30pm | Courtyard Room

Last (Thursday) Supper
10/25 - 7:00pm | Courtyard Room

Selah - Contemplative Worship 
10/25 - 8:00pm | Courtyard Room

People for Fairness Coalition in Worship
10/28 - 11:00am | Sanctuary

Daylight Savings Time Ends
11/4 - All day

Annual Vigil for the Homeless
12/21 - Luther Place Memorial Church

Children's Choir Begins

Sundays October 21-December 16, 10AM-10:50AM

Be a part of the  children's Christmas Pageant! This is a fun, multi-age group, and no singing or "performing" experience is required. In fact, it's really important that we don't view the pageant as a performance, but rather as a way to share the Christmas story through music. Come, bring friends, and join the fun! Contact Amy DeLoise.


Photo by Anders Gyllenhaal

Free Minds' Book Club featured on PBS

Write Night October 24

Free Minds’ DC Jail Book Club members were recently featured discussing The Giver in a PBS Great American Read episode looking at books that feature Heroes. Watch, starting at 19 minutes, to see the DC Jail Book Club discussion.

The next opportunity to volunteer at a Free Minds Write Night at Western is Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Join others from Western and the community in reading and commenting on poetry written by young inmates. Hear from Free Minds Ambassadors who have returned home from jail. They will talk about how reading and writing poetry helped turn their lives around and how Free Minds is now helping them re-enter the community. 



Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival

A Mini-Festival of the Arts, Awareness, Healing, and Justice

October 20, 10am-5pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I Street SW)

Westminster Presbyterian Church will host a free event in conjunction with our presbytery, featuring keynote and workshop leader Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner and professor at American University, on “How to Be An Anti-Racist”.

This event intends to help people of goodwill reflect on the remaining reality of racism in our society through rhythm, blues, keynote, and practical exposure through experiential workshops with both African-American and white caucuses, as well as multiracial spaces, opening awareness of privilege and supremacy, and healing years of unresolved trauma.


Sponsor a “Starter Kit” for Newly Housed Miriam’s Kitchen Guests

Mr. V moved into his own apartment last month after being homeless for 25 years in and around Capitol Hill.  He is very proud of the fact he got clean while living on the streets and has now been sober 16 years.  He cites his faith in God as what got him through, knowing that God would one day help him.  He feels that being matched to a housing voucher and moving in with the help of his case managers at Miriam’s Kitchen are an answer to his prayers.  His sister lives in Maryland and he is excited to have her over to celebrate in his new home, and now he will be able to use all his new kitchen items to cook her dinner!  He is very grateful for everything he has received.

We all need the basics when we move to a new home. For our unhoused neighbors moving into permanent supportive housing, like Mr. V.,that need is even bigger and you can help meet it. Items like cleaning supplies, dishes and silverware, bed sheets, and bath towels are no longer provided by DC government and can’t be purchased with food stamps.

Our Mission Ministry is partnering with Miriam’s Kitchen to provide “Starter Kits” with these supplies for two newly housed guests each month. You can sponsor a kit for $100, the Mission Ministry Team will do the shopping, and Miriam’s staff will deliver the items to the resident. Give online by choosing “Mission/Miriam’s Starter Kit” as your designation, or write “Starter Kit” it on your check. Organized by Cheryl Williams ( 




Did you know that nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions* come from livestock? 



Prayer Requests

Would you like the Deacons and others in the church to pray for you?  Submit a prayer request. If you would like to join the Deacons in prayer, login to CCB: Church Community Builder, and join the group "Prayer Requests." 



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