The long-awaited day is finally here. Construction began on our new church building on March 5, 2018.
The past year has been spent preparing a platform and parking garage for us to build upon. As our Bishop in residence, Bishop Gene Robinson, said, “St. Thomas’ stands on the shoulders of spiritual giants.” We are well aware we are building upon a strong physical and spiritual foundation.
It is fitting that our construction begins in the season of Lent. On the first Sunday of Lent, Bishop Mariann Budde reminded us in her sermon that the “wilderness time” is a time of testing and transformation, and that “It wasn’t the distance that kept the Israelites wandering for 40 years… It took them that long to get ready.” Our journey to get “ready” for our new church formally starting more than eight years ago — or perhaps 40 years since the original building burned — and as our wilderness comes to an end, we look forward to seeing how God will continue to work in us.
With all that is going on in our country, we feel St. Thomas’ Parish is poised to be a prophetic voice in our nation’s capital. We are answering the call to proclaim God’s love.
St. Thomas’ is a cutting-edge place to be these days:
- Our construction banners are an outward and visible expression of God’s love for all people. This progressive Christian witness has attracted national media attention;
- Our Priest in charge was recently on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show on Fox News defending the inclusion of transgender people in the church and calling on people to consider multiple images of God;
- We are partnering with two other nearby Episcopal churches for a Lenten study session on the Gospel of Luke, through a gender justice lens;
- We are beginning the process of sponsoring a refugee family; and
- We continue to grow and have new people arriving each Sunday eager for a place to follow Jesus and transform the world.