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Mission Vision Values

St. Columba's Vision Unveiled

On Sun., Sept. 29, Susan Gray and Steve Smith, co-chairs of the strategic planning task force, provided an update on the parish's new strategic plan, which is nearly complete. Subject to vestry approval in October, the plan includes four key initiatives -- strengthening community, practicing faith, embracing our world, and building capacity -- and commits the parish to participate in a major, city-wide effort to eliminate family homelessness in the District of Columbia within 10 years. Learn more about this key initiative:

Recorded Presentation

Slide Presentation (PDF) Given Sept., 29, 2019.

"Live God's Love."

"St. Columba’s Episcopal Church is a welcoming Christian community of all ages that encourages spiritual curiosity, celebrates children and youth, and embraces the world in the spirit of God’s justice and love."


Our values inform our parish life, guide us in our mission, and lead us to realize our vision for the future.
We are:

  • Open-hearted
    Whoever you are, wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome at St. Columba’s.
    Jesus said, “Come, follow me.”  MATTHEW 4:19
  • Growing In Faith
    We are growing in Christ’s love through worship, song, study, prayer, and celebration.
    For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  MATTHEW 17:20
  • Grateful Stewards
    We approach our relationships and ministries with integrity and humility, and we preserve, protect, and restore God’s creation and all resources entrusted to our care.
    Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. PHILIPPIANS 4:8
  • Innovative
    We are forward-looking and creative, as we seek to embody and share God’s love in a changing world.  
    Jesus said, You are the salt of the earth [and] the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.
    MATTHEW 5:13-15
  • Called to Bold Action
    We practice Christianity to create a just society; seeking allies and nurturing partnerships to serve our neighborhood, our city, and the world.
    Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.  ST. TERESA OF AVILA


As a beloved community and disciples of Christ, our vision is to:

  • Practice faith in daily life, equipping parishioners to embrace discipleship and personal growth in relationship with God.
  • Strengthen the bonds of our intergenerational community by emphasizing fellowship in our ministries, programs, and parish life.
  • Embrace our city and our world, leading through acts of service as a beacon of God’s justice and love.

About This St. Columba’s Mission, Values and Vision Statement
In Fall 2018, St. Columba’s convened Committee on Mission, Vision and Strategic Planning to evaluate the Church’s programs, ministries and parish life, formulate a statement of Mission and Core Values, and develop a Vision for St. Columba’s that would facilitate strategic planning. Our goal was to engage parishioners, congregational leaders, clergy, and staff in an honest appraisal of St. Columba’s current strengths and weaknesses, and inspire all stakeholders at the Church to reflect upon how God is calling us to grow. This statement was approved by the St. Columba's vestry in May, 2019.
Download this Mission, Values and Vision Statement
Download the full Committee Report