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The mission of All Souls Church is to be a Christ-centered sanctuary
where a diverse community worships and serves.
We live this mission through faithful celebration of the Eucharist,
Christian Education, and loving nurture of both members and neighbors.

A Church for All Souls

All Souls has been a place of welcome in the Woodley Park neighborhood for more than one hundred years, striving throughout our history to live into our mission. Today, we are a thriving parish with a diverse, dedicated and growing congregation. About one third of our community is made up of life-long Episcopalians. Of the remaining two thirds, many became Episcopalian later in life—a significant number doing so after coming to All Souls—while others are not “officially” Episcopalian. Former denominational affiliations include a large number of Roman Catholics and Presbyterians, as well as many other Protestant denominations, Judaism, Islam, and those with no prior religious affiliation.

A large percentage of our congregation, perhaps half, is LGBT. All Souls became a refuge for gays and lesbians in the 1990s and our current and last two rectors are openly gay. Otherwise we generally reflect our neighborhood. We have a large and growing number of younger adults, in their 20s and 30s. Some find their way to All Souls for a short time, others have been here for decades. Many of us are civil servants and DC professionals. Politically mixed, we strive to be respectful of differing viewpoints as we warmly welcome all who find their way to us, no matter their similarities and differences.

 

All Souls Care, Serve, and Grow

Our parish supports a rich offering of opportunities for spiritual nourishment. Our programs of worship, pastoral care, stewardship, and fellowship help our church fulfill its mission “to be a Christ-centered sanctuary where a diverse community worships and serves.”

We have identified a strong sense of priority around opportunities to offer loving care for one another and for those in need, to serve our neighborhood and local community, and to grow the depth of our faith and discipleship. We’re a work in progress, but we are working to infuse these priorities into all aspects of our parish life.

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