McCarthy Anniversary

Posted on March 23, 2016

Alumni, faculty, and staff of National Cathedral School for Girls and St. Albans School for Boys joined the Cathedral’s family and friends on Wednesday, October 2, for a service of Choral Evensong in the great choir to honor the tenth anniversary of Canon Michael McCarthy’s arrival on the Cathedral’s staff as director of music. A […]

Children’s Sabbath

Posted on March 23, 2016

Washington National Cathedral welcomed Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and former Surgeon General David Satcher, along with two other leading physicians, for the twenty-second national observance of Children’s Sabbath on October 20. This year’s theme, “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty,” explored some of the interrelated factors […]

Veterans Day

Posted on March 23, 2016

One hundred people attended an interfaith prayer breakfast November 8 at the National Cathedral to honor United States veterans. The Honorable Togo D. West, Jr., former secretary of Veterans Affairs, was the keynote speaker. Prayers were offered by Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian military chaplains, and the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants offered musical selections, […]

Carillon Anniversary

Posted on March 23, 2016

Joyful sounds filled the air around the Cathedral throughout the weekend of September 20 as musicians and community members celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the 53-bell carillon in the Cathedral’s central Gloria in Excelsis tower. Along with the tower’s peal bells, this instrument was the gift of Ms. Bessie Juliet Kibbey (1857–1949) in loving memory […]

This Little Light

Posted on March 23, 2016

On Thursday, December 13, Washington National Cathedral joined with the Newtown Foundation to offer a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence to mark the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The vigil began with calls to prayer offered by Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the […]

Faith in America

Posted on March 23, 2016

Cathedral Age: How does your experience as head of the Red Cross and cabinet secretary in two administrations inform your current work? I’ve learned over 40+ years of public service that to reach major breakthroughs you have to leverage resources, encourage collaboration, invest in innovation, break down silos, and shine a light on success. It’s […]

Proclaiming Peace

Posted on March 23, 2016

Washington National Cathedral, in many respects, is a powerful answer to war. Pierre L’Enfant’s proposed “church for National purposes” was to offer “a proper shelter for such monuments as were voted by the late Continental Congress, for those heroes who fell in the cause of liberty, and for such others as may hereafter be decreed […]

Bishop’s Garden Rededication

Posted on March 23, 2016

Representatives from the entire Close community—Washington National Cathedral, its affiliated schools, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and the Cathedral Foundation—gathered in “fine English weather” to witness the rededication and reconsecration of the Cathedral’s iconic Bishop’s Garden on October 9. The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, presided with the assistance of the Very […]

New Canons Installed

Posted on March 23, 2016

On Thursday, October 31—All Hallows Eve—Cathedral Dean Gary Hall joined Bishop of Washington Mariann Edgar Budde and nearly 300 guests in the great choir for a special service of Choral Evensong honoring the Cathedral’s newest-named canons. The Rev. Kim Turner Baker was named canon pastor; the Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell was named canon precentor; Patricia […]

A Prayer for When I Feel Hated

Posted on March 23, 2016

In October 1998, Matthew Wayne Shepard was abducted, tied to a split-rail fence, and left to die in a remote area of Wyoming. His death was one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in our nation’s history and became a catalyst for activists determined to stop violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) […]

On Vulnerability

Posted on March 23, 2016

At the end of 2009, I noticed a blur at the edge of my right eye, as if I had caught a ghost walking out the room. I put off going to the doctor for two weeks. When I did, he told me my right optic nerve was inflamed—cause unknown—but, if left untreated, it would […]

A Closer Look

Posted on March 23, 2016

In early August, scaffolding installation began as the first step toward a much-anticipated removal of black debris netting on the Cathedral’s main level. Once it is put in place, the Cathedral’s earthquake-repair engineering team will be able to gain close access to portions of the vaulted nave ceiling, more than 100 feet above the floor, […]