The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church passed the following resolution of support for the National Cathedral following the August 23 earthquake:

Resolved, that the Executive Council expresses to the Diocese of Washington and the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation its profound sorrow at the damage to the Washington National Cathedral sustained as a result of the recent earthquake.

We further acknowledge and celebrate the importance of the Cathedral in the life of the Church, the nation, and the Diocese of Washington as the seat of the presiding bishop, as the spiritual gathering place of the nation in times of great celebration and great sorrow, and the Cathedral of the Diocese of Washington.

We applaud and commend the efforts underway and to be taken to raise funds for the restoration of the Cathedral.

For Suzanne Mink, the Cathedral’s senior advisor for institutional relations and development, recognition of this kind means a great deal. “All of us at Washington National Cathedral are extremely grateful to the Executive Council for its voice of support,” she says, “especially for acknowledging the Cathedral’s range of important roles.”