Join us for presentations that stimulate our imagination about living the Christian life in this community, and in today’s changing world. Hear from our rector and lay leaders, as well as distinguished outside speakers on topics that challenge us on a wide range of current issues.
Embracing Our World
Sunday Forums in February
Sunday Forums bring us all together to talk about the big issues and tough challenges we face – but also to celebrate our community and find new directions together. Join us Sundays at 10:15 to hear more about our new vision for community engagement and initiative to address family homelessness … all part of St. Columba’s mission to Live God’s Love.
January 26: “Responding to Family Homelessness in DC”
In 2019 over 800 families were without shelter in the District of Columbia. We will learn about the barriers to affordable housing for low income families and the effects of homelessness on children, and hear more about St. Columba’s family homelessness initiative. Representatives of our new partner organization, Housing Up, will describe how vulnerable families are being served and how we can help to make a difference. (Church Nave)
February 2: “Stump the Rector” Forum
Ledlie Laughlin, Rector
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin will offer an update on latest events in the life of St. Columba’s, and respond to any questions you may have. (Great Hall)
February 9: “Global Migration and Immigrant Families"
Parishioner Jason DeParle writes about poverty and migration issues for the New York Times. He will talk about how migration is changing the world by reordering politics, economics, and cultures. In his new book, "A Good Provider is One Who Leaves," Jason illustrates these sweeping trends through the experiences of one extended family that rose from shantytown poverty in the Philippines to the American middle class in just one generation. (Great Hall)
February 16: “Homelessness and Housing Discrimination in DC”
Kenyatta Brunson, Chief Program Officer of N Street Village
Gentrification, displacement, and a critical lack of affordable housing in our city can be traced to our long history and present day reality of systemic racism. Part of St. Columba's new strategic vision is to "Embrace Our World" by advocating for justice in the availability of affordable housing. We will view the short film "Segregated by Design" which explores the federal, state and local government housing policies that have led to racial segregation in major cities including DC. Kenyatta Brunson, who serves as Chief Program Officer of N Street Village, will discuss the trends which have led to housing inequality in Washington, and an official of the DC government has been invited to discuss the city's plans to address housing equity. (Church Nave)
February 23: “Causes and Policy Approaches to Housing Affordability”
Jenny Schuetz, Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program Fellow
A lack of affordable, permanent housing is one of the major causes of family homelessness in the District. But what causes such a housing shortage? Jenny Schuetz, a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and an expert in urban economics and housing policy will join us to discuss causes and policy approaches to housing affordability in D.C. and beyond. (Church Nave)