The Washington Interfaith Network

To receive occasional updates about WIN actions, and to learn of engagement opportunities at St. Mark’s, email win@stmarks.net.

St. Marks’ has joined the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) for 2021.

In 2020, WIN helped to secure over $150 million for public housing, community-based safety, and Immigrant Justice Legal Services.

This page describes What’s Next for St. Mark’s in WIN and How We Got Here.

More about WIN itself: on Facebook and on the web.

What’s next: June 11 – Show DMPED we’re watching! and ongoing one-to-one conversations within the parish

As a new member of the Washington Interfaith Network, we need your help to strengthen our ties to other WIN member organizations and deepen our relationships within St. Mark’s.

RESERVATION 13 – WIN’s response to Developer Proposals + Please Follow the Link to send a template email to DMPED by This Friday, June 11!

WIN has had a team of leaders analyze the proposals and the affordability numbers based upon WIN’s standards — which call for ⅓ below 30% MFI (Median Family Income, a similar measure to Area Median Income which the District uses in its official documents), ⅓ below 60% MFI and based upon the city’s requirement of ⅓ below 60% MFI and ⅓ below 120% MFI.

Not one of the proposals meets the standards of affordability set out by the city in the RFP, let alone the standards that WIN is calling for.

Click here to ask DMPED to send the developers back to the drawing board!

We know these standards are not just aspirational. This type of project is possible, especially on public land. As you know, WIN worked to ensure that the housing at NW1 (Temple Courts) will be ⅓ below 30% MFI and ⅓ below 60% MFI in perpetuity. Let’s do it again!

This is a key opportunity to maximize the use of the District’s public land. We are telling DMPED to ask each development team to go back to their proposals and increase the levels of affordability, especially the numbers of units below 30% MFI and 60% MFI, and ensure that each team offers opportunities for mixed income homeownership.

Send DMPED a letter and send the developers back to the drawing board! Public comment is open until this Friday:

Click here to: SEND A LETTER

How we got here

Team. St. Mark’s work in WIN is coordinated by Kit Arrington, Edna Boone, Josie Jordan, Betsy Agle, Steve Dalzell, Elin Whitney-Smith, and Christoph Berendes.

April 24 Action on Reservation 13.

Photos of parishioners Kit Arrington, Ruth Roman, Todd Trafford, and Edna Boone speaking at the April 24 Action, with Betsy Agle and others in the audience.

St. Mark’s participation in WIN’s Reservation 13 Action, April 24

The Action took place on Saturday, 24 April at 10am. About 70 WIN members were onsite, with more than 200 online via Zoom, to show developers that we stand strong for our demands.

See more video and photos from the Action on Twitter.

Epiphany Sermon Series: “Adding Voices: Acts of Radical Love that Change the World”. The Reverends Michele Morgan, Cindy Dopp, Patricia Catalano, Justice Schunior, and Joe Hubbard

Watch these sermons from January and February below. Videos are cued to the beginning of the sermon.

Jan. 10: Intro, What Does Lending Your Voice Mean?- Michele

Jan. 17: Listening to the change – Cindy

Jan. 24: Seeing the world anew – Justi

Jan. 31: Teaching and learning – Joe

Feb. 7: In it for the long haul – Patricia

Feb. 14: Of change and being changed – Michele
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkjX_2nBVI0#t=18m23s

Vestry votes to join WIN and contribute dues for 2021. At its December 21, 2020 meeting, the St. Mark’s vestry passed a motion to contribute $3000 as 2021 membership dues to WIN.

The Vestry’s commitment recognizes and supports the many St. Mark’s parishioners who are ready to balance inward reflection with concrete action for social justice in the city. Over two years, our Realm email group has grown to 50 parishioners, driving great turnout and energy at WIN Zoom events in November and December. Membership is endorsed by the Outreach Board and the Rector and approved by the Finance Committee.

We are very excited to join with 42 other churches, mosques, synagogues and community organizations to address community issues and hold elected and corporate officials accountable in Washington, DC.

St. Mark’s stands up at WIN Action meeting (12/8/20). Eighteen parishioners attended the December 8 WIN Action meeting (total 150+ attendees) to hear about WIN’s 2020 accomplishments and plans for 2021. St. Mark’s received a special shout-out for being one of the three top participants, along with Adas Israel Metropolitan AME. Fifteen hardy souls joined the St. Mark’s debrief immediately after.

Parishioner comments from the debrief:

Diverse group, involvement of lots of different churches, list of organizational affiliations, energy, discussion of power, success, meeting efficiency – well-organized and lots of information conveyed, focus and intensity, mentioning Pepco, the Mayor, other officials, MANY members from across the city (and good friendships among them), “turning the world upside down” the prayer at the end brought tears to my eyes, a yearning, Goal-driven, a plan for a new project (i.e., Leadership Development course in 2021), diversity of people from the city, success of organized power, so many different churches participate, the accomplishments were well explained, feels so good to be a part of this group.

2020. It’s been a year of awakening at St. Mark’s, as it has across DC and across the country. Through worship, study, and action in the streets, parishioners have deepened their awareness and their concern regarding systemic racism and other social justice issues and to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement. A growing number of us are working with the Washington Interfaith Network to turn our concerns into the concrete action so urgently needed.

WIN in DC. For 24 years, the Washington Interfaith Network has made a difference in DC. Just in 2020, it helped to get over $150 million for public housing, community-based safety, and Immigrant Justice Legal Services.

WIN accomplishes its goals by working from the ground up through one-on-one conversations in communities across the city through religious institutions, community organizations, and labor unions. This work is sustained by thousands of individuals across WIN member institutions and funds that support WIN staff and training for WIN members.

More on WIN’s 2020 accomplishments.

Co-founder in 1996. St. Mark’s was a founding member of WIN in 1996, providing strong participation and funding. Since 2018, we’re again moving into a stronger and deeper relationship with WIN. Our participation has grown from six parishioners two years ago to 18 this spring to 44 after a Zoom meeting with WIN early in November. At that meeting, parishioners expressed strong interest in the affordable housing planned for Reservation 13. They are interested in ensuring good grocery store options, sustainable development with green space and river access, and accountability for the DC government and developers for promises made.