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March for our Lives

Plans are formulating around St. Columba’s participation in the upcoming March for our Lives on Sat., Mar. 24. The March will start at 12 noon on Pennsylvania Ave., between 3rd street and 12th Streets NW. While some details are listed here, many plans are still in progress, and updates will be posted here as they become available.

Friday, March 23

St. C’s will host a group of 12 from the Diocese of East Carolina led by our former youth ministry director, Emily Gowdy Canady. A hospitality team is forming to welcome them. Contact: Keri Piester to join this team. Parishioners are invited to also host marchers through a program coordinated by the Diocese (see below).

The Washington National Cathedral will host an Interfaith Prayer Vigil from 7-9 pm, a program planned by a collaborative coalition of young people and interfaith leaders. Register here if you plan to attend the vigil–tickets are required. 

Saturday, March 24

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW) plans to march together as a group and all parishioners are invited to join in. Register here for the march. (If you RSVP, EDOW will email details as they become available.) The official Episcopal contingent will meet at Church of the Epiphany, (1317 G Street, NW), 9-10 am and proceed to the rally together, scheduled to begin at 12 noon, on Pennsylvania Avenue.

How can you support this important effort?

Host Out-of-town Guests in Your Home:
The diocese is coordinating housing for larger groups of marchers coming to DC from across the country. If you have adequate space to offer, click here and complete the form.

Make Sack Lunches for the Marchers:
Join other St. Columbans on Thurs., Mar. 22 from 4-7 pm in the Great Hall. All ages are welcome. (Children younger than 5th grade should come with a parent.)

Take Action on an Assault Weapons Ban: (Through the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations).
Click here and tell Congress to ban assault weapons.
Click here and tell the Senate to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

Support Bishops United Against Gun Violence:
Click here to learn more about their "Call to Action."

Important Links

Find general information about the March of our Lives.
Learn "Best practices for bringing youth and adults to a protest or march."
Register for the Washington National Cathedral Interfaith Prayer Vigil,  Fri., Mar. 23, 7-9 pm—tickets are required.
RSVP to march with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (by providing your contact information, you will be notified as the plans to march are finalized).
Sign up to provide lodging to marchers.

Blogs

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde: #MarchForOurLives
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin: March for our Lives