Religion events from around the Washington area

February 22

Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: A panel discussion on African American family history will focus on what may be learned from DNA testing and its effect on research. Research tips for finding that heritage and sharing it with others will be provided. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday, 3 p.m.: Presbyterian Men and Women of Redeemer will sponsor a concert by the Norfolk State University Concert Choir. Proceeds will go to an annual scholarship fund that assists students attending District public schools. Church of the Redeemer, 1423 Girard St. NE. Free-will offering. Kevin Moore, 202-258-4857, or Carl V. Payne II, 301-949-8755 or 202-439-7821.

Saturday, 4 p.m.: violinist Elisabeth Adkins and pianist Edward Newman, the Adkins/Newman Duo, will perform works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Pierné. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Free-will offering. 703-532-5991.

Saturday, 5 p.m.: “Visionary Women/Voices of Light.” Music and film come together in this performance of Richard Einhorn’s widely acclaimed “Voices of Light,” which accompanies a screening of Carl Dreyer’s 1928 celebrated silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” The music of the mystic Hildegard von Bingen precedes the film, J. Reilly Lewis conducts the Cathedral Choral Society with soloists soprano Laura Choi Stuart, mezzo-soprano Sonya Knussen, tenor Matthew Heil and bass Jesse Neace, and guest ensemble Eya. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $31-$41. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday, 5 p.m.: The Celebration Center for Spiritual Living will host the Drepung Gomang Monks, who will prepare and serve dinner. On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the monks will present a number of cultural events, including sacred chants, dances and sand painting. Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church. Dinner: adults, $20; ages 7-12, $10; age 6 and younger, free. 703-560-2030. www.celebrationcenter.org.

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: Jazz@Wesley. Charles Funn and the Dunbar Alumni Ensemble Big Band perform. Smoke- and alcohol-free. Sweet and savory foods available; coffee and tea, free. Donations of a non-perishable food item or slightly used coat are welcome. Wesley UMC Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10; seniors, $7; age 12 and younger, free. info@wesleydc.org. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org or www.instantseats.com.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.: Catholic University students will perform Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” musical, from the book by John-Michael Tebelak. Final performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 and at 2 p.m. March 2. Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $20; seniors and students, $10; age 9 and younger, free. 202-319-5416. http://music.cua.edu.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: “Scenes from Childhood.” Angel Gil-Ordóñez will conduct the PostClassical Ensemble as it celebrates the Wagner and Britten centenaries with a program featuring seraphic music by both composers. The Washington National Cathedral’s Choir of Boys and Girls will also perform. Historic Dumbarton Church, Historic Dumbarton Church. 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.

Sunday through March 1: Hypothermia shelter is in need of volunteers with a variety of skills, who can do what it takes to make shelter guests welcome and comfortable. The shelter’s needs include preparing and serving meals, cleaning the facilities, acting as an overnight supervisor or providing companionship to guests through active listening. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, If you can share your artistic, musical, sewing or other talents, e-mail admin@htluther.org or call the church at 703-532-6617.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: J.C.A. Stagg, a professor of history at the University of Virginia and editor in chief of the papers of James Madison, discusses the Madison’s presidency and the preparation of Madison’s papers for publication, particularly those relating to his second administration. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.

Sundays, 10 a.m.: Visiting rabbi Nehama Benmosche will speak on “Perhaps for a Time Like This: The Story of Purim, Pema Chodoron, and the Ambiguity of the Present Moment.” Music with the rabbi and guitarist Naomi Gamoran follows. Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. Free. Kelly Hand, info@machar.org or 202-686-1881.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: “The Human Cost of Climate Change.” Canon Missioner Patricia Johnson moderates a live webcast in which leading experts will discuss how climate displacement is impacting poor and vulnerable communities at home and abroad, and how people of faith can take action. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Retired Rear Adm. Barry Clayton Black, U.S. Senate chaplain, will serve as guest preacher. Maple Springs Baptist Church, 4131 Belt Rd., Capitol Heights, 301-735-1020.

Sunday, 11 a.m.: The Rev. Linda Kaufman, a longtime advocate for the poor and homeless in Washington, discusses “A Working Movement to End Poverty and Homelessness in America.” Refreshments served. A question-and-answer session follows. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. 202-554-3222. www.staugustinesdc.org.

Sundays, noon:“Building Your Own Theology” classes led by Peter Fontneau, director of religion at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free, registration requested. dre@dmuuc.org. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Leipzig Youth Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), Wagner’s Overture to “Tannhauser” and Brahms’s “Academic Festival Overture.” National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Soprano Schauntice Marshall will perform at this first of “4th Sundays at 4.” St. John’s Broadcreek, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-248-4290.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: All are invited to a dedication and blessing of St. Nicholas’s outdoor worship and meditation space that was created with the help of the church’s interfaith friends of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. The dedication will be led by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, the ninth Episcopal Bishop of Washington. A simple supper and a closing service of Compline are planned. St Nicholas Episcopal Church, 15575 Germantown Rd., Germantown. Reservations required: e-mail Rev. Terri at reverendterri@aol.com. 240-631-2800.

Sunday, 5:15 p.m.: Organist Elmo Cosentini performs works by Cesar Franck, Louise Vierne and Marcel Dupre on the 10,650-pipe great organ. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sundays, 5:30-8 p.m.: “Rebuilding,” for separated, divorced and widowed persons who wish to move on with their lives. The nine-week program concludes April 27 and includes discussions on anger, guilt/rejection/shame, fear, grief, self-worth, trust and relationships. Registration ends after the March 2 session. St. Martin De Porres Center, 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria. $50. facilitator@copingrebuilding. 703-596-2673. www.copingrebuilding.com.

Most weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows; climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; children, seniors, students and military, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Monday, 12:15-1:30 p.m.: Allan Lichtman, co-author of “FDR and the Jews,” and distinguished professor of history at American University, discusses his book in which he sheds new light on the question of whether he was indifferent to the plight of European Jews during the Holocaust and whether he let down the Jewish people during World War II. Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $18. 703-323-0880. www.jccnv.org.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-966-5144. www.wesleydc.org.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org.

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Food addicts support group. All are welcome. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Friendship Terrace Game Room, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free. 202-363-4119.

Monday, 7:30 p.m.: The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” co-sponsored with the Aspen Institute, a panel discussion with American Civil Rights leader Julian Bond, Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter, Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson will moderate the group. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $5-$15. 202-537-2228 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: “Flowering Arranging for Holy Spaces.” Lectures and demonstrations are part of the morning curriculum while workshops and practice sessions occupy the afternoons. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $225. Linda Roeckelein, director of the Flower and Altar Guilds, 202-537-6215 or LRoeckelein@Cathedral.org. www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.: A docent-led “spirituality reflections” tour. Stories of faithful action and devotion depicted in glass and stone. The tour offers stories, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Elmo Cosentini performs works by Chopin, Liszt and Vierne. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday 6 p.m.: Centering prayer in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage ftom 6-7 p.m. Walk the labyrinth to the accompaniment of a classical harpist from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Partake of the Laying on of Hands for Healing in Holy Spirit Chapel from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Worship at the Compline service at 8:45 p.m. in the Great Choir. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.: “Passages,” a 14-week “DivorceCare” series for those experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Maple Avenue and Park Street, Vienna. Materials cost, $20, scholarships available. Register at 703-938-9050 or Passages@ViennaPres.org or www.viennapres.org.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Homework Helpers invites parents or guardians to bring their children in grades 1 to 8 for free after school tutoring, advice and homework help. The program is certified by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington under its mandatory “Safeguarding God’s Children” training. St. John’s Church, Broadcreek, St. John’s Bayne Hall, 9801 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. Registration: Ruth LaBelle, Program Director, 240-461-5330 or hwhelpers@stjohnsbroadcreek.org.

Tuesday, 7 p.m., and Wednesday, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.: Choral evensong in thanksgiving for the life of M. Elizabeth “Lee” Tidball, a volunteer and gifted friend of the Cathedral and the Catheral Choral Society. The Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls performs a choral prelude of Brahms’s “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” Davies’s “God Be in My Head,” J.S. Bach’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and others beginning at 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Thursday-Friday, 7 p.m.: and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.: “The Wizard of Oz,” a live performance of the popular musical. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. $15. Barbara Gordon, bgordon@annandale-umc.org or 703-256-8330.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Weekly Bible study. Calvary Episcopal Church, 509 I St. NE. Free. 202-546-8011.

Wednesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m.: Mental wellness: supporting children, teens and young adults, a discussion about mental health issues that can affect and challenge young people and their families, and gain insights that can help. Feb. 26 topic: Best Practices. The Lutheran Church of St Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394.

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.: Open prayer service; communion follows. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Wednesdays through Feb. 26, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.: Discussion about mental health issues that can affect young people and their families. Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-384-4394.

Wednesday 7 p.m.: “Celebrate Youth!” Benjamin Hutto leads the ninth annual Combined High School Festival. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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

Wednesdays, 7 and 7:30 p.m.: Susan Goekler leads tai chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. susangoekler@gmail.com or www.dmuuc.org. 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or www.wesleydc.org .

Thursday 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.: “The Wonders,” the premiere film of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, about a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist. An opening night party is open to all ticket holders. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $25. 888-718-4253 or www.wjff.org.

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Friday, 12:15 p.m.: Organist Russell Weismann performs on the church’s newly restored pipe organ. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: the Southwest Chamber Music Players perform works by Brahms, Beethoven and Genzmer. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-484-6354. www.southwestchambersplayers.org.

Next Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.: All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast with orange whole-wheat and regular pancakes. Proceeds to benefit Red Bird Missionary Conference in eastern Kentucky and the St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. $6.50; $2 for age 11 and younger; $18 family maximum. 301-933-7933.

March 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: An annual rummage sale will feature furniture, clothing, housewares, books, toys and much more. Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. 301-320-4538. www.lfparish.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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