God calls each of us into active ministry in the world. In the words of St. Teresa of Avila: “Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours.”
Cathedral Congregation members are active proponents for social justice. Learn more below about opportunities to engage with the Cathedral Congregation’s Outreach and Social Justice Ministries, or download the OSJ Booklet.
Friendship Place is dedicated to ending homelessness and rebuilding lives throughout the DC metro region. More than 2,500 people a year are served through programs that provide permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, job placement and medical and psychiatric care. Cathedral congregation members provided 1,119 volunteer hours in 2015 in a bid to end homelessness across Washington, D.C.
Cathedral Literacy Program
Started in 1986, the Cathedral’s oldest outreach ministry pairs adult learners and adult volunteers for one-on-one tutoring (examples may include learning English, working toward a high school diploma/GED, or life skills such as banking).
Martha’s Table is a community service organization in Downtown D.C. that assists the homeless and others in need to break the cycle of poverty. Cathedral Congregation members and others from the wider community donate an average of 1,750 sandwiches and 950 pieces of fruit on the third Sunday of every month.
Through Kairos Prison Ministry International, members attend weekend retreats for male and female prisoners in Maryland prisons twice a year. Scores of Cathedral Congregation members serve as prayer warriors and letter writers during the weekend retreats.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
The Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington helps those who are homeless or near-homeless gain self-sufficiency. Two Congregation members serve as volunteers and as Parish Partner Representatives from the Cathedral.
Street Church at Church of Epiphany
Volunteers from the Cathedral Congregation join with those from area churches to worship weekly with homeless individuals and visitors in Franklin Park.
The Knitting ministry gathers twice a month to craft hats, scarves, mittens, socks and some larger items for area children through organizations such as Bright Beginnings and Beacon House. In 2015, members donated 190 hand-crafted items. Both experienced knitters and beginners are welcome!
Cathedral Congregation advocacy groups focus attention on critical issues facing our world, from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to gun violence prevention to LGBT equality and caring for God’s creation. The Outreach and Social Justice Committee provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, helping ministries attract volunteers and advocate for the needs of the Cathedral’s ministries.