Monday, June 01, 2020

Ward 5 CM McDuffie: "This must end"

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <>
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2020 8:36 PM
Subject: This must end.


Following up on my
statement from Saturday, as we enter a second day of mandatory curfew in DC and in the midst of protest and a pandemic, I imagine that the last week has been extraordinarily difficult to bear for most people, as it has been for me.

The killing of George Floyd is deeply disturbing and so incredibly painful to watch. And, it demands justice.

It is images like these that evoke thoughts from my youth that, no matter how much I try to suppress them, simmer just beneath the surface. I know how it feels to be gazed upon with suspicion for no other reason than the color of my skin. I know what it is like to lose someone extremely close to my family to a police officer’s bullet. I have been arrested and know what excessive use of force feels like. As traumatic as my experiences are to me, I know that, sadly, they are not unique.

While the facts may differ, the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are each reprehensible, as have been countless other deaths of black men, women, boys, and girls that have occurred at the hands of law enforcement and at the expense of justice. This repetition of the unjust and illegal killing of African American people is part of the collective trauma of being black in America.

Our country’s history of slavery and racial segregation is well known and deeply rooted. To this day, race continues to shape the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions of our society nationally and here in the District of Columbia. Race permeates the lived experiences of all Americans yet insidiously caste black people as inferior and assigns black lives less value.

This must end.

In times like these, when emotions are high and protests abound, as difficult as it may be, we must move beyond simply reassessing a problem that has long been apparent and move toward action—action that is intentional and results in solutions that address the root causes of racial inequities. The destruction to property and lives that has followed many of these protests is a dangerous and unnecessary distraction from the real issues we must confront.

This is a seminal moment. It has never been more evident than now that commitment to true justice for people of color—particularly for black descendants of slaves—must collectively be our most important work.

In recent years, and especially over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have observed many people, including individuals working in government, nonprofits, and the private sector, speak repeatedly about equity and inclusion. The phrase has been used so often that I have begun to wonder about its usefulness. What I know about the body of which I am a member is that we fund our priorities. If the health and economic well-being as well as the safety and sanctity of black lives is important to this Council and this Mayor, then we will dedicate the resources needed to ensure those priorities are met.

I will not support any further efforts to convene task forces that simply rehash well-known statistics or promise future resources that never materialize. I will fight to create policies and support a budget that reflects what we say we believe. People in leadership must do the things necessary to close the gaps between how black people and live in America and how others live. If we talk about it and then do nothing, we do not belong in positions of power. Without distraction, I remain committed to these ideals.

Yours in service,


Family Meal Ordering for this Weekend

Mesquite Grilled Steak, Crab Focaccia, Seasonal Salads, and Strawberry Shortcake

(click here)

We’re taking pick-up orders again for this weekend. 
Robbie is making take-home family meals with all natural beef, local crab, seasonal salads, oysters, and Reid’s Orchard strawberries. 

Schedule a time for pick-up this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 
(Designed to feed a hungry family of 2 to 3 with left-overs)
The meal comes with a seasonal castelfranco radichio salad, lacinato kale and chickpea salad, and broccoli slaw.

You can add to your menu with:
Oyster Cocktail` with Jicama and Kohlrabi
Calypso Cucumber Salad


Mesquite Grilled Roseda Flank Steak  
all natural Happy Valley beef, mojo marinated (gf)
Crab Focaccia
whole grain with Maryland crab and pimento

Castelfranco Radichio Salad
Valencia oranges, spring onions, Reid’s Orchard apples (gf, vegan)  
Broccoli Slaw
Reid’s Orchard apples, Fresno chile & tomatillo dressing (gf, vegan)  
Lacinato Kale and Chickpea Salad
with smoked mozzarella, lemon vinaigrette (gf)
Oyster Cocktail 
with Jicama and Kohlrabi
Calypso Cucumber Salad
Calypso cucumber, fennel, jalapeno, cilantro, ACV
orange blossom honey, bay leaves, salt, cracked pepper

Strawberry Shortcake
hand picked Reid's Orchard Strawberries
South Mountain Creamery natural cream


Note: this meal includes shellfish. Some items are not gluten-free.

See you next weekend!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

annual St. Martin's Pentecost Concert fundraiser to help families in need

St Martin's Catholic Church of Bloomingdale wishes you all a happy Pentecost!!  

Here is a link to our annual Pentecost concert:

The annual Pentecost  Concert is St. Martin’s fundraiser to help families in need (food, rent, etc.) at this difficult time.  Thank you to all of you that have made a donation to the 2020 Pentecost Concert.  


Fr. Mike.

Donate through PayPal

Sunday worship service via Zoom with St. George's Episcopal Church (and St. Luke's and Calvary Episcopal) -- Sunday, 05-31-2020

From: St. George's DC <>
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:18 AM
Subject: Today's Sunday Service at 0945 ~ St. George's ~ St. Luke's ~ Calvary

Worship with us Today - 0945

St. George's Episcopal Church

Today's Sunday Worship
St. George's ~ St. Luke's ~ Calvary

Today, May 31, 2020 we will worship via zoom joining St. Luke's and Calvary live. St. Luke's and Calvary have been worshiping together since our closure began. They have invited us to join them. An alternative to joining on Zoom is to watch it live streamed on St. George's facebook page. We will also post it to St. George's YouTube page for viewing post livestream.

Sunday Worship:

Date: May 31, 2020
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Meeting ID number: 362-627-1076. If asked for password -- 001891

If you are calling in by cellphone, we ask you to use this number: 301-715-8592, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. 

If you must use landline to call in, use 1-877 -853-5247, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. Password is 001891 (this is toll-free, but it costs St. Luke's)

Celebrant: The Rev. Marilyn H. Jenkins, St. George's
Preacher: The Rev. Rondesia Jarrett-Schell
Reader: Andrea Thomas, St. George's
Gospeller: George Nicol Jr., St. Luke's
Prayers of the People: Joyce Johnson, Calvary
Music prelude: Susan Walls, Calvary
Music Selection:Contemporary Good News Ensemble, St. Luke's
Music postlude: Contemporary Good News Ensemble, St. Luke's
For our Sunday readings - click here for the Lectionary Readings.

Watch via Facebook Live Stream:

Today at the
National Cathedral

Sunday, May 31, 2020 | 11:15am
Join us for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde presides and the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry preaches.

Weekly Bible Study Today 

Bible Study continues via the online platform Zoom. Please join us on Sundays at 9:00 am as we explore and deepen our understanding of scripture based on the Lectionary lessons. You don't have to know anything about the Bible - just bring your heart. We will meet virtually.

Fourth Sunday of Easter we will study: Matthew 28:16-20

Topic: Sunday Bible Study
May 31, 2020 09:00 AM
Join Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 517 266 657
Password: 185984

Dial by your location
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 517 266 657
Find your local number:

Our Virtual Community

Please join in to chat with one another over Zoom. Catch up with one another, check in with one another, pray together, and be together as we can in this time.

5:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoons
Topic: Saint George's Social Time - Tuesday afternoons
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 467 574 223
Find your local number:

10:00 a.m. Friday mornings.
Topic: Saint George's Social Time - Friday mornings
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 920 777 499
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Prayer: The beauty of our Episcopal tradition and the Book of Common Pray is that even if we cannot gather with our church community, we can pray with our church. We can pray together online. We can pray at the same time. We can pray knowing that somewhere in the world, others are saying the same prayers we are. We can pray knowing that we are always joined in prayer with the company of heaven. When we pray, we are never alone.
Please find the Book of Common Prayer online here if you do not have one at home.

Prayers of the People: Please keep me informed of anyone from the parish that we should add to the parish prayer list. Also, please help me with upcoming birthdays and anniversaries as we update our records so that we as a community hold each other in prayer.

Together: Let us ask God to guide us, Jesus to abide in us, and the Holy Spirit to strengthen us. "God of Grace and God of Glory...grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour." (Hymn 594 - The Hymnal 1982)

Online Resources:

Diocese of Washington: Diocese of Washington resource hub 

Bishop Curry: Weekly meditation series - Habits of Grace

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins
St. Georges DC

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give you what the world gives you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27

Wishing you the peace of God during this time of anxiety. -- The Rev. Jenkins

St. George's Episcopal Church |

St.George's Episcopal Church | 160 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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