The Washington Interfaith Network

What’s next:Leadership courses,one-to-one conversations within the parish, and the Epiphany Sermon Series

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.

Leadership courses – learn more about WIN’s issues and processes; connect with other parishes

You can support the effort by signing up for one of the Leadership Courses starting in January. Learn how to create people power by connecting one-to-one with others in the parish and in the community (relational organizing). Learn the issues and the organizing nuts and bolts of WIN’s campaigns for affordable housing, good jobs, and green buildings.

One to one conversations in the Parish

You can join the conversation within St. Mark’s: Starting early in January, the WIN core team plans to have one on one and small group conversations with parishioners to answer questions and find out how you’d like to be involved. If you’d like to be part of this, please let us know.

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

Look for – and encourage others to come and listen to these sermons in January and February:

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

How we got here

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.