Let’s ‘Take On’ Lent Together!

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 2019 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. We also also have a Saturday Lenten Retreat on March 9 (9 am–12 pm).  The five weeks of Wednesday night suppers and classes begin March 13 and end April 10—and if you can only stay for supper, that’s ok, too.

Registration is now open. We hope you join our Lenten journey!


Our Journey Through Lent

■  Ash Wednesday (March 6)

The Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be offered three times: 7:30 am (Bethlehem Chapel), noon (nave), and 7 pm (nave). The evening service will also be webcast live.

■  Lenten Retreat (Saturday, March 9, 9am–12pm)

New this year, “It’s Time to . . . Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love,” a Lenten offering by the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (Boston): So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. Recapture time as a gift and discover how Sabbath wisdom can lead to experiencing joy in the present moment.

Facilitated by the Rev. Sally Slater, 9 am–12 pm in Perry Auditorium (7th floor). Participants will be guided through sessions and receive materials and resources to use each day of Lent.

■  Lenten Wednesday Evenings (March 13–April 10)

Choose from five offerings. Class and details and facilitator bios below. Each Wednesday night schedule includes:

  • 5:30 pm: Evensong in Great Choir
  • 6:15 pm: Gather for glass of wine or sparkling beverage
  • 6:30 pm: Supper ($12 suggested donation)
  • 7–8 pm: Classes
  • 8:10: Candlelight Compline: A Service of Night Prayer in Great Choir (each week except March 13)

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 and those wanting to learn about the Episcopal Church welcome!  The class will culminate at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.  (Location TBD)

The Way of Love Bible Study through the Lens of Race

As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we follow the Way of Jesus. His way is the Way of Love, and that love has the power to change lives and the world! Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites us to join him through Lent with the 7 Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life:  Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest.  The Cathedral Clergy will study these practices and “wade into the deep water” with each theme as it relates to our nation’s struggle with race.  Please bring a bible to class—all translations welcome. (Location TBD)

Reflections on Forgiveness

Mr. David Deal and the Rev. Caroline Price-Gibson will explore several aspects of forgiveness at the center of Jesus’ message: divine forgiveness, interpersonal forgiveness and self-forgiveness. Using Forgiveness, A Lenten Study by Marjorie Thompson, scripture and other sources, the class will take a deeper look at the things which make forgiveness so challenging for us, e.g., unconscious wounds and unmet needs, the difficulty with honesty, our understanding of justice, and questions of individual responsibility and our life in community. Class will be limited to 12 persons.

When the Church Hurts You

Have you left the church because of hurtful theology, practices or clergy?  Regardless of your faith background, this class will address past hurts and lead you to healing and wholeness through scripture, theology, and the love and justice practiced by Jesus Christ. The Rev. Stephen Price-Gibson, a retired Presbyterian pastor, and his special guests (The Rev. Canon Rose Duncan, Ms. Julie Rodgers and The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons) will lead the way.

The Way of Love Through YOGA

Ms. Jessica Cain invites you to join her as she teaches the 7 Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life—Turn Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest—through yoga poses and meditation. Location is Joseph of Armithea Chapel.

Registration is Now Open

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Meet the Facilitators

The Reverend Sally Slater is an Episcopal priest, a member of the Cathedral Community and a familiar face during our worship.  She serves as one of the Chaplains at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. An experienced educator and retreat leader, her passions and ministries include pastoral care, community outreach and spiritual direction.

Stephen Price-Gibson, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is a retired Presbyterian minister, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.)  He has pastored congregations in Andes, NY; Lake City, IA; Pittsburgh, PA.; Richmond, VA and Kearney, NE.  He now lives in Odenton, MD.  He is married to the Rev. Caroline Price-Gibson, and with her has joined the Cathedral Congregation, which their son Andrew and his husband Ferrial Lanton had previously joined.  Their other son, David, lives in Falls Church, VA.  Throughout his ministry, Stephen’s studies and teaching have focused on capacities for self-definition of institutions, family systems, and individuals.

Caroline Price-Gibson is a recently retired Presbyterian Minister.  A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, she was ordained in 1977 and has served as pastor of churches in upstate New York, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Virginia, and Nebraska. During her forty years of ministry Caroline has offered her leadership to numerous classes. This Lent, she looks forward to working with David Deal and the group who chose to explore together the issues of forgiveness. She and her husband now live in Maryland and have joined son (Andrew) and son-in-law (Ferrial Lanton) as part of the Cathedral Congregation. They also have a son (David) who lives in Falls Church.

David Deal is a retired environment and natural resources lawyer.  Since 2006, Dave has been trained, certified and practicing as a mediator, mostly handling cases referred by the District of Columbia Superior Court. He also has served as Co-Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Mediation Service’s Restorative Justice program, facilitating juvenile discipline matters and criminal matters referred by the Fairfax County public schools and police department.  Dave resides in Falls Church, VA, and has been an active member of the Cathedral’s Congregation since its inception, e.g., facilitator in the Cathedral’s Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) program, Eucharistic Visitor, and a member of the Cathedral’s Christian Formation Committee. Prompted by his restorative justice experience, Dave has taken forgiveness-related courses at Virginia Theological Seminary and written several well-received articles on the topic.

Jessica Cain began her yoga practice more than 15 years ago and thought it would be a great way to increase strength and flexibility for her life acting and dancing on stage. And while it did serve that purpose she found that as her practice deepened it became a critical component of her self-care. It helped her to find healing and restoration for both mind and spirit. As she began to feel more whole and present to the world around her, she was surprised to see the connection her practice had with her faith and her understanding of the Divine. She finds that her yoga practice has helped her to live out her faith giving it a purpose and aliveness she has never experienced before. As a teacher she seeks to bring that experience of wholeness, restoration, and mindfulness to her students in hope that they too might experience a more connection in daily life.

Join us!

Registration is open!

Let us know of your plans to journey through Lent with us.

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Questions? Email Canon Vicar Dana Corsello.