April 7, 2017 at 11:05 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Journey to Easter, Passover
Easter, gay news, Washington Blade

National City Christian Church is one of many LGBT-affirming churches holding Holy Week services this week. (Washington Blade file photo)National City Christian Church is one of many LGBT-affirming churches holding Holy Week services this week. (Washington Blade file photo)

This listing is not meant to be comprehensive as many churches in the region are LGBT-affirming. Other active local congregations with LGBT clergy or strong allied clergy include (but are not limited to) Inner Light MinistriesUnity Fellowship Church D.C.All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Woodley Park, Dignity/WashingtonCovenant Baptist United Church of ChristSt. George’s Episcopal ChurchSt. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, St. Thomas’ Parish in Dupont Circle, Calvary Baptist ChurchChurch of the PilgrimsMount Vernon Place United Methodist ChurchRavensworth Baptist Church in Annandale, Va.,  et. al.

There are also many More Light Presbyterian-affiliated churches in the region including Bethesda Presbyterian, Capitol Hill Presbyterian, New York Ave. Presbyterian, Takoma Park Presbyterian and many more.

Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday)

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) has Palm Sunday worship services today at 9 and 11 a.m.

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) has a Palm Sunday service with eco-friendly palms today at 11 a.m.

The United Church (1920 G St., N.W.) holds a Palm Sunday service today at 11 a.m.

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.)  has Palm Sunday services today at 8, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. The 11:15 a.m. service will be live streamed. No passes are required.

Monday, April 10 (First Day of Passover)

Bet Mishpachah holds various Passover events this week.

Edlavitch DC-JCC hosts Satellite Seder at various homes in the area tonight from 7-10 p.m. The seders are for 20- and 30-somethings looking to attend a meal at someone’s home. Those interested in attending a seder or hosting a seder in their home, should visit the synagogue online.

Sixth and I Synagogue (600 I St., N.W.) hosts a Community Seder tonight at 7 p.m. and a Justice Seder at 7:30 p.m. The Community Seder will be a traditional seder with reflection and singing led by Chazzan Larry Paul and musician Robyn Helzner. The Justice Seder combines the traditional Passover rituals and meal with non-traditional conversations about social justice issues.

Tuesday, April 11

Temple Emmanuel (10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, Md.) hosts its Congregational Second Night Passover Seder led by Cantor Rosalie Boxt this evening at 6:30 p.m. There will be a traditional, catered four-course dinner. Non-members are welcome to join. Admission is $42 per adult and $22 per child under 13. Children five and under are free.

Edlavitch DC-JCC (1529 16th St., N.W.) holds its Second Night Community Seder led by Rabbi Ben Shalva tonight from 6-9 p.m. There will be a traditional, kosher meal, singing and discussions. All are welcome. General adult admission is $70 and child admission is $15. Walk-ins will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Washington National Cathedral will have a gathering of clergy from the Diocese of Washington join together today from noon-1 p.m. There will be a renewal of vows and the blessing of holy oil to be taken back to parishes to use throughout the year. No passes required.

Wednesday, April 12

Franciscan Monastery (1400 Quincy St., N.E.) hosts a Tenebrae service tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The program is a combination of music by men’s ensemble the Suspicious Cheese Lords and readings in reflection of the Passion. For more information, go here.

Thursday, April 13 (Maundy Thursday)

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) has a service tonight at 7 p.m. There will be communion and traditional foot/hand washing. The service will also be live streamed.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (301 A St., S.E.) has a Maundy Thursday Eucharist service today at noon. At 6 p.m. there will be a fellowship hour followed by an Agape Feast at 7 p.m. Holy Eucharist will be at 8:15 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral remembers Jesus’ Last Supper with a Maundy Thursday service tonight at 7 p.m. Clergy will strip the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

Western Presbyterian Church (2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.) holds a Maundy Thursday worship service in the Courtyard Room this evening at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14 (Good Friday)

Dignity/Washington holds an adoration of the cross and Eucharistic service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (1820 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

St. George’s Episcopal Church (160 U St., N.W.) has a Good Friday service tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

St. Thomas’ Parish holds its Good Friday service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church from today from noon-3 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral hosts the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday at noon and 7 p.m. There will be live streams of both services.

Saturday, April 15 (Holy Saturday)

Dignity/NoVa has an Easter Vigil at Immanuel Church on the Hill (3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.) with a blessing of the new fire and Baptismal water tonight at 7:30 p.m.

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church has an Easter Vigil today at 6:30 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral holds the Great Vigil of Easter tonight at 8 p.m. The vigil ill be live streamed. Passes are not required.

Sunday, April 16 (Easter Sunday)

Foundry United Methodist Church has a gospel worship celebration, led by a gospel choir, today at 9 a.m. and a traditional worship celebration featuring classical anthems and spirituals at 11:15 a.m.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington hosts a Easter worship service today at 9 and 11 a.m.

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) holds a gospel worship service today at 8:30 a.m. and a traditional worship service at 11 a.m.

St. George’s Episcopal Church has a sunrise Easter service at 6 a.m. At 10 a.m. it celebrates with an Easter festival service.

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church has an Easter Sunday services today at 9 and 11:15 a.m. today.

The United Church has an Easter Festival Worship service today from 11 a.m.-noon.

Western Presbyterian Church holds Easter Worship in the Sanctuary today from 11 a.m.-noon.

Washington National Cathedral celebrates Easter Sunday with services at 8, 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Passes are required.

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