Take On Lent

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 5:30pm

Join the Cathedral Congregation this year and Take On rather than Give Up something for Lent.  There is something for everyone—worship, music, fellowship, dinner and your choice of five class offerings.

Jesus left Peter with the mandate to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17), so this year, the Cathedral wants to feed your heart, mind and belly with the theology of the Episcopal Church, the Bible and book studies, self-introspection and healing shaded with the love of God.

But here’s the catch—we want you to commit to journeying with us from Ash Wednesday to Easter Morning!  Lent 2018 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14 with the Imposition of Ashes at 7:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.

The five weeks of Wednesday night suppers and classes begin February 21 and end March 28 (no programs on March 14). If you can only stay for supper, that’s ok, too.

Wednesday Evening schedule:

  • 5:30 pm:  Evensong in Great Choir
  • 6:15 pm:  Gather for glass of wine or sparkling beverage
  • 6:30 pm:  Supper (suggested donation)
  • 7:15 pm:  Classes begin
  • 8:30 pm:  Evening Ends

Questions? Please email Canon Vicar Dana Corsello.

Class Offerings

Inquirers’ Class

Canon Vicar Corsello and her clergy colleagues will explore themes necessary for preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church. All seekers welcome!  The class will culminate at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Inquirer’s Class Handout

Presiding Bishop's Good Book Club: Luke–Acts

The Rev. Harvey Bale will lead a study of the Gospel of Luke so that the Cathedral can join Episcopalians around the world in an effort to grow their faith and spiritual vitality together.  If there is interest, we hope to continue the study of Acts during Eastertide. Presiding Bishop's Good Book Club: Luke–Acts Handout

Being Gay and Christian in 2018

Given all the progress we’ve made regarding LGBTQ people and rights, why is it still so hard to reconcile being gay and Christian?  Why do I continue to fail to experience not only the Church’s acceptance, but celebration of my sexuality? How do I live my life in God’s arms anyway?

The Right Reverend Gene Robinson (retired Bishop of New Hampshire and first openly-gay bishop in historic Christianity) will convene a discussion group on issues related to being in the church (by birth or by choice) as an LGBTQ person. Augmented by occasional readings, the group will explore how to find and nourish a healthy relationship with God, while dealing with a still-less-than-welcoming church and society.  This opportunity for discussion and learning will provide a safer space to ask the question, “How do I find healing and hope as an LGBTQ Christian?” Being Gay and Christian in 2018 Handout

Dr. Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness: Small Group Study

Using Braving the Wilderness as a guide, Nancy Stockbridge will gather with others moved by Dr. Brown’s recent Cathedral guest sermon and forum for a discussion and deeper dive into our quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone. Dr. Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness: Small Group Study Handout

Ghostbusting Family Dynamics
Gabe Kajeckas will teach using a family mapping tool (called a “genogram”) to explore how dysfunctional patterns—as well as strengths—can arise in families over several generations, and result in often-hidden emotional impacts.  The first session will focus on ‘maps’ of several well-known families and give participants the tools to do their own family mapping. The following two sessions will discuss the patterns that participants discovered, and strategize about ways of defusing toxic influences in our present lives. The fourth session will explore addictions in families and how to deal with them, and the final session in Holy Week will be a prayerful meditation on the Cathedral’s magnificent Creation window, and its meaning for our time. Ghostbusting Family Dynamics Handout

The  Rev. Dr. Harvey E. Bale, Jr., is an Episcopal Deacon serving at the Cathedral, and also serves as co-chair of a diocesan task force on the ministry of the Cathedral. He also serves on the Cathedral Scholars Advisory Board, the Washington Committee of the National Cathedral Association and the Cathedral’s Christian Formation Committee.


Nancy Stockbridge is an active member of the Cathedral Congregation and serves as a greeter, prison minister, Lay Eucharistic Minister, small group facilitator and as a member of the Cathedral’s LGBT fellowship group. After completing a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and with many years working in corporate and non-profit organizations, she is eager to share her gifts with individuals, organizations and faith communities.


Gabe Kajeckas, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience in treating anxiety and addictive disorders, both in private practice and employee assistance programs.  He has over four decades of personal recovery, holds degrees from Georgetown, Yale and Catholic University.


Bishop V. Gene Robinson is the retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and currently serves as bishop-in-residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dupont Circle. In 2003, he became the first openly gay man elected a bishop in the Anglican Communion, and currently serves as vice president and senior pastor of the Chautauqua Institution in New York State.

  • Dates Offered
    • February 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Notifications
    • Supper: Perry Auditorium (7th Floor)
    • Inquirers' Class: Library
    • Luke Bible Study: S4 Conference Room
    • Bishop Robinson Book Study: Resurrection Chapel
    • Brené Brown Book Study: St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel
    • Ghostbusting Family Dynamics: Perry Auditorium