Religion events from around the Washington area

January 26, 2013

Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon: David Kelsey, an ordained Presbyterian minister and Luther Weigle Professor Emeritus of Theology, Yale Divinity School, in a discussion of “Get Saved From What and For What? A Reformed Perspective,” at the annual convocation of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, will be held at National Presbyterian Church, Stone Hall, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free, registration required: www.reformedinstitute.org. Mary Hill, 703-518-5125.

Saturday 9:30 a.m.-noon: A couples’ rights workshop on Maryland’s marriage equality law, will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 7010 Glenn Dale Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-262-3285.

Saturday noon: Pot luck luncheon and talk by Dane Smith, adjunct professor in American University’s School of International Service, on “Christian Approaches to Peacebuilding,” will be held at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Bring a dish or $5. 202-250-4365.

Saturday 1 p.m.: A walk through Washington Cathedral’s Olmsted Woods with horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer pointing out winter buds and silhouettes, the art of identifying native trees and more, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, meet at 35th and Garfield streets, the south pedestrian entrance to the cathedral grounds, near Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Jazz@Wesley presents The Greater U Street Jazz Collective, a collective inspired by the lives of ordinary citizens of the historic Greater U Street section presents a family friendly event, will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW. $10; seniors, $7; age 11 and younger, free. 240-498-0119 or http://www.instantseats.com/.

Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Bone marrow registry through Gift of Life and blood drive open house through Inova, will be held at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. Paula Whitacre, 703-861-1615 or ptw@fullcircle.org.

Sunday 10 a.m.: Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., in response to Newtown, Conn., leading a conversation exploring what we know about gun violence, what we have learned that can help us prevent death and injury from firearm violence, and what kind of political response might actually make a difference to reduce the incidents of injury and death from guns, will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

Sunday 10 - 11:45 a.m.: Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, presents “My Journey from Ultra-Orthodoxy to Secular Humanistic Judaism” as part of its adult education series with Jeff Dawson discussing his decision to leave U.S. graduate school for the ultra-orthodox Jewish world in Israel and recount his struggles once he renounced his faith to leave behind the community, will be held at Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. 202-686-1881 or www.machar.org or kelly@machar.org.

Sunday 10:10 a.m.: “Being Just, Being Green: What is the Role of Faith in Ecojustice?” An address by author and educator Cassandra Carmichael, eco-justice program director for the National Council of Churches, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org or www.ncccusa.org.

Sunday 1 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop with fellow needlers for distribution to those in need — with instruction, needles and yarn provided — will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail knitting@cathedralcongregation.org.

Sunday 1-3 p.m.: Open House for prospective students and their families with tours of the facilities, including the new chemistry labs, and conversation with teachers, administrators, coaches and current students, will be held at Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-237-1433 or www.bishopoconnell.org or admissions@bishopoconnell.org.

Sunday 1:30 p.m.: Close-up tour - jewels of light: stained glass, led by cathedral docents who teach visitors how to read the building’s windows and the tales they tell from Creation to stories from American history, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday 3 p.m.: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox congregations in Western Montgomery County celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with special music by the Unity Choir and Trinity Handbells, sermon by Fr. James Gardiner, SA, and reception, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda. Free-will offering. 301-942-4183.

Sunday 3:30 p.m.: Classical piano recital, Ji Yoon Park in a performance of works by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Frank Martin and a reception, will be held at Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Free, suggested donation, $10. 202-462-6734.

Sunday 4 p.m.: Classical concert, The Rooke Chapel Choir and Bell Ringers conducted by William Payne followed by a meet-and-greet reception, will be held at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-363-2202 or www.chevychasepc.org.

Sunday 4 p.m.: Violin and viola duo Marcolivia in a program of works by Mozart, Bartok and others, will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. 703-200-7489 or e-mail marikohiller@gmail.com.

Sunday 5 p.m.: Joshua Sommerville and the His W.I.L. Gospel Choir perform a special African-American generations concert celebrating Black History Month with speakers from several generations sharing their experiences interspersed with great gospel music from various generations, will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-585-3515 or www.graceepiscopalchurch.org.

Sundays 5-6:30 p.m. through April 21: Games, Bible stories, memory verses and special events for age 12 and younger will be held at Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. $.50 per week per child. 301-474-7117 or http://berwynbaptist.org

Most Weekdays 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from high and with a camera, will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org

Mondays 7-9 p.m.:“Blessing Everlasting: an Introduction to Celtic Spirituality.” This week’s topic: Place and Pilgrimage. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10 per session through Feb. 11. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday 12:10 p.m.: A classical tenor recital with Joshua Baumgardner performing Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” and songs from the Romantic repertory by Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf, will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday 7:30 p.m.: Vienna Presbyterian Church Choir in concert to benefit Bulrush Baby Home in China, a safe place for orphans with special needs, will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. $20. 703-938-9050 or e-mail Passages@ViennaPres.org.

Wednesday 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org.

Wednesday 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.: Bible study, will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 240-498-0119 or www.wesleydc.org.

Thursday 6:45 p.m.: Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222. www.staugustinesdc.org.

Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. through April 18: English as a Second Language, novice through advanced classes welcome, will be held at Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Free class; textbook, $15. 301-474-7117 or http://berwynbaptist.org.

Friday 6:30 p.m.: Bring a potluck dish to share at 6:30 p.m.; game night follows with board and card games you take with you or use those at the church, at 7 p.m., all ages welcome, will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org or rector@staugustinesdc.org.

Friday 8 p.m.: Countertop Ensemble recital, a performance of Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories, will be held at St. Mary, Mother of God Church, 727 Fifth St. NW. $25; students, $10; 16 and younger, free. www.countertopensemble.org. 866-364-6418.

Friday 5 p.m.: The 118th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington with live broadcast from www.edow.org and led by the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, presider and preacher, and addressed by Dwight J. Scheile, author of “People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity,” will be held at Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Call for fee information. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org or e-mail Ann Talty, atalty@edow.org.

Next Saturday 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring hoecakes and regular pancakes, with proceeds benefitting St. Paul’s Educational Awards Program and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry, will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6; $2 age 11 and younger; $17 family price. 301-933-7933.

Next Saturday 3 p.m.: Black history event with music, dance, spoken word and more to teach and inspire everyone, will be held at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol St. NE. Free. 202-723-5330.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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