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Religion events from around the Washington area

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:45 a.m.-noon: In a conference hosted by the National Presbyterian Church, “The Changing Terrain of the American Religious Landscape,” Pew Research Center’s Gregory Smith, director of U.S. religion surveys, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson examine recent trends showing fewer American adults claiming to have a religious affiliation. They will offer their insight into what this means in today’s society. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $20; students, $5. Register: 202-537-7527 or

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-noon: Take your canceled checks, statements, credit card receipts, insurance documents, legal documents, medical records, pay stubs, tax documents and more to be professionally shredded. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free, donations to the church’s fund are welcome. or 703-532-6617.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Author Brian McLaren will discuss his book “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.” Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean. Registration materials:

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon: United Methodist Women are hosting a fall gathering with guest speaker Gordon Greathouse, General Board of Global Ministries Missionary from Brazil. A light brunch will be served. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-256-8330.

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

Saturday, 4 p.m.: Former Washington National Cathedral organist Scott Dettra performs a dedication recital on a new Walker organ. A reception follows. Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd., Vienna. Free-will offering. 703-938-6521 or

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Costumed actors will talk about hymns written from the fifth to 20th centuries and have participation by two choirs, organ, piano, brass, bells and tympani. The congregation is invited to participate. A reception follows. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 25100 Ridge Rd., Damascus. Free-will offering. 301-253-2130 or

Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus, a 70-voice group of female a cappella singers of four-part harmony music, will perform a varied program. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Food collection, Martha’s Table ministry helps feed homeless men, women and families via McKenna’s Wagon, a soup kitchen. Volunteers can drop off sandwiches and fruit at Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200, or

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Melody Barnes, former domestic policy adviser to President Obama, discusses the Obama domestic agenda. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or 

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, discusses how gun violence impacts our nation’s children and youth with physicians Tom McInerny, Mark Rosenberg and David Satcher. Edelman is also the guest preacher at 11:15 a.m. Forum, 10:10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.: Kye Allums, the first known transgender man to play Division I basketball while attending George Washington University, discusses “Understanding Transgender: Conversation with Kye Allums.” Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. 703-538-4886 or

Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting workshop on the first and third Sundays of each month. Make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, serving homeless children and their families. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Verdi “Requiem,” a performance, “Hymn of the Nations” and “Requiem,” by the Cathedral Choral Society, led by J. Reilly Lewis; come at 2:30 p.m. for a pre-concert discussion led by Murry Sidlin. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $31-$73. 202-537-2228 or

Sunday, 4 p.m.: The Tempest Trio, with violinist Ilya Kaler, cellist Amit Peled and pianist Alon Goldstein, will perform works by Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein and Anton Dvorak, part of its Odeon chamber music series. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church. Suggested donation, $15. or 703-200-7489 or

Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: The fun is on at the annual “Gather” Fall Festival, a mini celebration that includes crafts and games, a bounce house, a do-it-yourself photo booth, fall games, fall food and good times with family and others. The National Presbyterian School, 4121 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free, reservations requested. E-mail Jill Meek, or call 202-537-7535.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: Soprano Debra Lawrence, violinist Sonya Hayes and pianist Frank Conlon will perform works by Mozart, Holst, Brahms, Helfman, Ravel and Debussy followed by African American Spirituals. The Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free-will offering. Free parking and church entrance ramp. 202-441-7678.

Sunday, 5:30 p.m.: The U.S. Navy Band’s Sea Chanters vocal ensemble performs. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G St., Woodbridge. Free. 202-433-2525.

Sunday, 6:30 p.m.: Violist Osman Kivrak and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas perform works by Johannes Brahms and Rebecca Clarke. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. $15; students, $5. 301-868-0082 or

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 and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, 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

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: “Back to the Classics: Beethoven.” Classical pianist Sonya Suhnhee Kim performs. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tuesday, 1 p.m.: A prayer shawl ministry will meet every other Tuesday to knit or crochet shawls and lap robes for homebound members and those recovering from surgery. This group meets every other Tuesday. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. Rosemary Perdue, 703-354-6645.

Tuesday and 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,

Tuesday, 5:15 p.m.: “Media and the Universal Call to Holiness,” an address by Michael Warsaw, chief executive of the Eternal Word Television Network, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass in the Crypt Church. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300.

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Grief Care Ministry offers support after the loss of a loved one. Sessions continue through Oct. 29. Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-0967.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Come and play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor 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 Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. or 301-449-4308.

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

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

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study in the library of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Tyler Canonico performs works by J.S. Bach, Gioachino Rossini and others. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 7 p.m.: “Stand Your Ground,” a jazz poetry slam where poets are offered 3-5 minutes to recite their works with light jazz background music performed by students from George Mason University’s School of Music. Regie Cabico and Sarah D. Lawson serve as co-hosts. Prizes will be awarded to the winning poets in youth and adult categories. A cash wine bar, decadent snacks and child care will be provided. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, 22135 Davis Dr., Sterling. Registration at 6:15 p.m.: $15. Admission, $5. Contact Terry Dick, or 703-406-3068 or

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

Friday and Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m.: A community Halloween party for all ages promises food, fun and visits to a ghostly village and a haunted trail. Come in costume and enjoy hot dogs and s’mores. The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. Free, donations will benefit the church’s funds. 410-766-8778 or

Next Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Annual rummage sale with great items for children, women, men and household, linens, decorative items, tools, small electronics, sporting goods, toys, luggage and more at bargain prices. Also, interesting jewelry and collectible pieces. It is not too late to bring your own treasures to donate. Helpers welcome prior to and on the sale day. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission, free. 202-232-2995 or

Next Saturday, Oct. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Jazz@Wesley. Saxophonist Fred Foss performs in a family-friendly, smoke- and alcohol-free zone. Sweet and savory items available for purchase; complimentary coffee and tea. Take a nonperishable food item or slightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life via Friendship Place. Wesley UMC Fellowship Hall (use the glass doors facing Connecticut Avenue and to the side of the Montessori playground), 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets: $10; seniors, $7; 12 and younger, free. or 202-966-5144 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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