From the Rector’s Desk

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

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 ...

Safety First, then the Celebration
Dec. 20, 2018


On Christmas Eve and on Sundays in the new year, you will observe a uniformed officer of the Metropolitan Police DC (MPDC) assisting us with security. While it is grievous that in our current climate such a decision has become necessary, taking steps to insure the safety of all who gather at St. Columba’s is paramount. We join our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters, and a growing number of Christian congregations in taking these precautions ...

Heartbreaking News from the Border
Dec. 5, 2018


The news continues to be heartbreaking; it appears that the tension and difficulties at our border with Mexico will continue for the foreseeable future. Jesus taught us that however we treat the least among us – those most vulnerable and in need of care – is how we treat Christ himself ...

Giving Special Thanks for St. Columba's (Annual Meeting Recap)
Nov. 19, 2018


As we pause this week to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, I’m giving special thanks for St. Columba’s – this vibrant, thriving community of faith!

Autumn Preaching Series
Oct. 25, 2018


Jesus taught us to pray to God: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We may not agree on what heaven looks like or where it is to be found, but chances are good we’ll all agree we’re not there yet ...

Building Upon a Firm Foundation
Sept. 27, 2018

I am glad to announce the arrival of two new members of our staff, filling vacancies open since July ...

We Can Do It!
Sept. 25, 2018


Thank you for your encouraging feedback after the All Parish Gathering yesterday. St. Columba’s is moving forward in so many wonderful ways. It’s a privilege to be on this journey with you. For those who weren’t able to be at the All Parish Gathering, there is important information for you to have ...

The Morning Was Electric!
Aug 22, 2018