March 30, 2018 at 8:59 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
HOLY WEEK 2018: Regional affirming houses of worship plan seders, services
Holy Week, gay news, Washington Blade

The pews are empty in this photo but they won’t be for long. LGBT-affirming Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Washington has big plans for the Paschal Triduum, for Christians, the culmination of the year. (Washington Blade file photo)

Friday, March 30 (Good Friday and First Day of Passover)

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) hosts Good Friday worship celebrations today with one from noon-1 p.m. and another from 7-8 p.m. The service will remember Jesus’ last day through song, scripture and communion. For more details, visit

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

St. George’s Episcopal Church (160 U St., N.W.) has a Good Friday service today at noon. For more information, visit

Dignity/Nova hosts 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. For details, visit

The United Church (1920 G St., N.W.) hosts a Good Friday service today at noon. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 31 (Holy Saturday and Second Day of Passover)

Edlavitch D.C.-JCC (1529 16th St., N.W.) hosts Second Night Community Seder this evening from 6-9 p.m. Micah Hendler, founder and co-director of the Israeli-Palestinian YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, and singer/songwriter Ari Jacobson will lead the Seder. There will also be a kosher traditional Passover meal. For more information, visit

Washington National Cathedral holds the Great Vigil of Easter tonight at 8 p.m. There will also be a livestream. Passes are not required. For more details, visit

St. George’s Episcopal Church hosts an Easter Vigil at 6:30 p.m. For details, visit

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. There will be a dessert potluck after Mass. For more information, visit

Temple Emmanuel holds its Community Festival Service at Temple Shalom (8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase, Md.) today at 9:15 a.m. The Congregational Second Night Passover Seder is at 6:30 p.m. It will be led by Rabbi Warren Stone and Cantor Lindsay Kanter. There will be a catered, traditional, four-course dinner. Non-members are welcome.. Admission is $42 for adults and $22 for children under 13. Children under five are free. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 1 (Easter)

Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St., N.W.) has Easter worship today at 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. A brass quartet will give a mini-recital at 10:50 a.m. and worship starts at 11. The church is LGBT-affirming and has lesbian senior co-pastors. Details at

Washington D.C. History & Culture hosts an Easter Sunday morning visit to the Museum of the Bible (400 4th St., S.W.) today from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group will meet at 9:45 a.m. outside the museum for a group icebreaker before visiting the exhibits at 10 a.m. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, visit

Waterfront Church D.C. holds Easter worship services at Nationals Park (1500 S Capitol St., S.E.) today at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The first 600 guests will receive a commemorative Easter 2018 baseball. Waterfront Kids Ministry will be open during all services for gives from birth-fifth grade. For more details, visit

Washington National Cathedral has the Festive Holy Eucharist Easter Sunday services today at 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Passes are required. The Easter Day Organ Recital is at 2 p.m. featuring the Great Choir. The Festive Choral Evensong is at 4 p.m. Passes are not required. Livestreams will be available for the 11:15 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. events. For more details, visit

St. George’s Episcopal Church has services today at 9. and 11:15 a.m. For more information, visit

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) holds Easter worship services today 9. and 11 a.m. For details, visit

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) hosts multiple Easter events and services. At 8:30 a.m. there will be a gospel worship service. At 11 a.m. there will be a traditional worship service followed by an Easter brunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Howland Center.Details, visit 

Western Presbyterian Church (2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.) holds an Easter Sunday service at 11 a.m. At noon there will be an Easter egg hunt followed by a Young Adult Easter brunch at Pastor Laura’s home at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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