St. Mark’s has two direct avenues for outreach outside the United States. Read more about these programs and how you can get involved below. Also, learn about the Refugee Resettlement Program.

The St. Mark’s Mid-East Working Group (MEWG) works for peace, reconciliation, and justice for the people of Palestine and Israel by promoting greater understanding of historic and current issues in the Middle East; partnering with peace-seeking individuals and groups in all faith communities, both here and abroad; supporting our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Holy Land; promoting relevant policies adopted by the Episcopal Church; and recommending that St. Mark’s advocate for additional, appropriate policies and actions by the Episcopal Church and the U.S. government.

The working group was founded in June 2009. A coordinating committee from the congregation guides its work. Activities include bimonthly e-mail alerts about relevant events and links to articles of interest, a reading group, speakers, panel discussions, and films about the Middle East and the search for peace there.

Read the Mid-East Working Group’s charter, which includes an addendum on the “Scriptural and Ecclesiastical Context” for our work. Learn more about St. Mark’s activities with Refugee Resettlement.

To sign up for the MEWG e-mail list, contact Mandy Paust.
To reach the MEWG co-chairs, contact

Upcoming events

Saturday, September 22 (9 am–noon)—Pancake breakfast: Join the Afghan Refugee Support Team for pancakes at 522 7th Street SE (Church of the Latter-Day Saints). These aren’t just ordinary pancakes. Choose exciting, surprise toppings! The suggested donation of $10 per person (discount for kids) fully supports the ongoing needs of the Capitol Hill Good Neighbor Refugee Resettlement Project. Come eat pancakes and meet your neighbors from the support team. Reserve space for your family and friends.

Tuesday, September 25 (7–8:30 pm)—Panel discussion: Sponsored by the Capitol Hill Good Neighbor Refugee Project, a panel of Afghan émigrés will discuss “Afghan Culture and the Effects of Destabilization on the Assimilation of Refugee Families in the U.S.” The panelists, who will include Fawzia Etamadi (Window of Peace), will provide some history of Afghanistan and the challenges those who have fled their homeland face as they create a new life here. Join us at St. Mark’s Church, 300 A Street SE, in Baxter Hall. Light mezze will be served.

Related links

Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Jerusalem Partnership

Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Churches for Middle East Peace

Since 1989, St Mark’s has forged significant links with people in Honduras. Through youth and adult trips, friendships have flourished as St Mark’s parishioners worked side by side with farmers, helping them establish sustainable agriculture techniques. Read a brief history of this program.

We are happy to announce that as of April 2018, these important connections and work will continue under the aegis of Sustainable Villages Honduras.

Point of contact: Betsy Agle