What’s In a Name?

This spring, along with the changes made to our staffing structure, I received a new title: Associate Pastor for Christian Formation. The use of “formation” rather than “education” was intentional—the first step in a move to broaden vocabulary beyond education, better aligning it with our mission of shaping the faith lives of all who seek to follow Christ at Westminster. …

Reading the New Testament

Every year, Pastor Larry Hayward leads an in-depth course focused on reading the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. In the class, you will read the entire Testament, learning the basic content of the book and exploring the text in detail. Together with the class, you’ll reflect on how those texts and the Bible as a whole impact …

Troop 129 Scoutmaster Recognized

Enrique Gutierrez, the Scoutmaster of Westminster’s Boy Scout Troop, was recently honored by the DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services Departments for providing life-saving assistance. On March 28, Enrique was among six persons who assisted Angelia Boddie, a 20-year veteran of DC Fire & EMS, after she lost consciousness while driving. Enrique rushed to get a defibrillator from his office …

Your Thoughts on Navigating the Seas of Change

Our 2016-2017 Adult Education Series Navigating the Seas of Change came to an end on May 21. We’ve had tremendous attendance and I am grateful for your support. I hope you’ve been able to learn, grow and explore questions about faith and are now living out that faith in the world. Look for information about next year’s classes in the …

May 2017 Member Involvement News

As we approach Memorial Day and the beginning of summer vacations, it is important to remember that much of the work of Westminster continues. This is especially true of our local mission programs, such as Carpenter’s Shelter Dinners, Bag Lunch, and Meals on Wheels. Many of our dedicated volunteers for these programs have already announced vacation plans, so there is …

13 Reasons Why

Content Note: Discussion of sexual assault, bullying, suicide, and mental illness. By now, I am going to guess that you have heard of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher. I do not know what I can add to the various conversations about the many themes in the series: sexual …