St. Columba's Episcopal Church

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During periods of inclement weather, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for staff. So, while the parish may be open, individual activities, meetings, etc. may still be cancelled due to a staff member’s inability to get safely to the church. It’s best to call the parish office for current information.

On weekdays, St. Columba’s follows the DC Public Schools.  If they are closed, the parish is closed and all activities are cancelled (same for delayed openings). All activities scheduled before the delayed opening time are cancelled. All activities beginning after the delayed opening time will occur as scheduled.

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June through August:
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One Sunday each month, we continue to pursue an inspirational series of "Faith Stories" when we hear from a member of the St. Columba's community. Each of us has a unique faith journey. We each struggle with what it means to follow Christ, we each live out our faith in different ways, some very public and some private. Faith Stories are a way to share our journey with fellow parishioners, to hear different faith journeys and to get to know each other better.

Faith Stories from the St. Columba's Community

Joe Kolar
"I grew up a very lucky child, in a loving Catholic family in Iowa. As a boy, I remember saying the rosary as a family quite often, particularly in the car on the weekly trip home from my grandparent’s house. My mom’s brother was a priest and theologian, and my parents avid readers and debaters, so there was always plenty ..." More> (MP3)

Inga Blust
"Is my faith really deep enough to talk about? Do I have a vocabulary to make what I feel sound spiritual enough? Is my faith strong enough to be examined deeply? My faith did not come to me as a transformational experience; it's been with me since childhood. I think of it as a kind of smoldering fire that every now and then sparks up ..." More> (MP3)

Bob Broeksmit
"This notion of sharing a faith story with a large group is anathema to a repressed WASP like me. My father’s sister told me that the most emotional thing ever said in my grandparents’ household, where she and my father were raised, was 'pass the salt and pepper.'" More> (MP3)

Dick Dowd
"I am going to tell you about a life-changing event that led to a conversion experience for me. I had suffered a massive stroke about thirty years ago. The context is important. Terry and I were empty nesters. We were very involved in our careers. We drove into work together and drove back home together. Whoever had to work latest ... " More> (MP3)

Rick Dulaney
“I look out and I see so many of you that I know quite well and who are all part of a larger faith story, but I also see faces I don’t know and I wonder if you might be here for the first time. I thought I would share a small moment that I have come to think of as my first time in church …” More> (MP3)

Lane Heard
"When Ledlie asked me to tell my faith story in three minutes, it would have been so much easier if he had asked me to tell my church story ... about growing up in a large, downtown Southern Baptist church in Houston, TX ... liberal as Southern Baptists go." More> (MP3)

Anne Jarman
"Maybe it was a midlife opportunity, not a crisis ...
I came to St. Columba’s in 1992. Eugene Sutton taught us Centering Prayer in 1999. The practice has changed my life. Hear me, the practice has changed my life ... "
More> (MP3)

Elizabeth Pyke
"I grew up in a family of missionaries in China. The story of our family was one of christian commitment and purpose. This would have been fine, except when I was in elementary school, my family, led by my siblings, had migrated from our sleepy little Methodist church to ..." More> (MP3)

Elizabeth Taylor
"I’m a cradle Episcopalian, which for me meant attending a church in Raleigh, North Carolina that had no life at all. When I was about 12, my mother developed breast cancer. She was terrified and found her way into a fundamentalist evangelical prayer group ... " More> (PDF)

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