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From the Rector’s Desk

  From the desk of ...
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin
  Rector of St. Columba's Episcopal Church
  Washington, DC

Welcome Joshua Daniel
Feb. 6, 2020

Dear Ones, It gives me great joy to share the news that the Rev. Joshua Daniel, Ph.D., has accepted my invitation to join us as Associate Rector for Discipleship and Worship.

Resignation of D.C. Veale
Feb. 3, 2020

Dear People of St. Columba’s, It gives me no joy to report that I have accepted the resignation of our Director of Youth Ministry, Donald “D.C.” Veale, effective immediately.

Julia Berry's Retirement Announcement
Nov. 11, 2019

From Julia Berry, Head of the Nursery School
Dear families and friends, Thirty-four years ago, I began my career as a newly hired teacher at St. Columba’s ...

Jason’s Jamboree & Beyond – Differently Great
Oct. 23, 2019

Dear Ones, During the eight years since the Rev. Jason Cox joined the staff of St. Columba’s, he has exercised a wide variety of ministries and had occasion to support us in our own journey in faith. He has been among us as pastor, teacher, preacher, and guide.

Why Episcopal?
Oct. 1, 2019

Dear Ones, Recently overheard in the Common ...

A Letter from the Rev. Jason Cox
Sept. 23, 2019

I write to tell you that I have been called to serve as the next rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California.

Children, Children Everywhere!
Sept., 12, 2019
Children, children everywhere! This is one of the great blessings of St. Columba’s. I write with updates from a number of parishioners who are playing a vital role in our children’s ministry.

Behind the Scenes
Aug. 22, 2019

An update from Karen Sprague, Director of Finance & Administration

On Our Hearts and Minds
Aug. 13, 2019

Greetings Dear Ones,
I hope these summer months are giving you opportunity to relax with friends or family, to enjoy God’s creation, to refresh and renew.

Exciting News for Children & Youth Ministries
July 9, 2019

Dear Ones, It is with great joy that I write to share news of our children and youth ministries.

A Matter of Safety
June 6, 2019

Dear Ones, I wish I could tell you that the decision to maintain the presence of a Metropolitan Police (MPDC) officer could be reached simply by looking through the lens of the Gospel and the love of God, but it is not that straightforward ...

Our Children's Ministry
May 30, 2019

Dear Ones, As announced, our Director of Children’s Ministry, Pattie Ames, has accepted a call to serve as the Christian Formation Missioner for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia ...

A Conversation with the Rector & Wardens
May 16, 2019

Beloved in Christ, This Sunday you’re invited for “A Conversation with the Rector & Wardens” during the Forum – at 10:15 am, in the Great Hall ...

News from Pattie Ames
May 14, 2019

My St. Columba family, It is with many emotions that I announce my resignation ...

Safety Task Force
Apr. 9, 2019
Dear Ones, On May 5th, our Sunday Forum “Maintaining a Culture of Welcome in Times of Uncertainty,” will be led by Harry Wood and members of the Safety Task Force ...

Director of Youth Ministries Resigns
Feb. 7, 2019

Dear Ones, I write to let you know that Catherine Outten Olivo will be leaving us as Director of Youth Ministries. Here are her words, followed by mine ...

2019 Annual Pledge Campaign: A Remarkable Shift in the Culture of Gratitude
Jan. 29, 2019

Dear Ones, I’m very pleased to tell you that we’ve received $2,419,265 in pledges for our 2019 Annual Pledge Campaign. We haven’t reached similar numbers since 2007. To top that news, we’ve had 98 new pledging households step forward! This is an incredible accomplishment- it is a testament to the commitment of our parish to this church and a remarkable shift in the culture of gratitude ...

As the Shutdown Continues ... Our Parish Responds
Jan. 9, 2019

This shutdown is hard for many in our congregation and community. Federal employees, government contractors, family members, and others are feeling the strain. Some of you have told me that, even though you’ve lived through government shutdowns in the past, this time feels particularly scary ...