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This Christmas, US churches are preparing for a frenzy of festivity

US First Reformed Church of Sioux Falls Christmas Eve service

RNS A few hours after the Washington National Cathedral posted on Facebook on 29th November that admission to its Christmas family service and Advent concerts this year would require a $US7 ticket, the cathedral backed down in the face of the ire of its own parishioners and apologised for its decision. In a statement on […]

Washington’s National Cathedral replaces windows honouring Confederacy with stained-glass homage to racial justice

Light shines through new stained-glass windows with a theme of racial justice during an unveiling and dedication ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral for the windows on Saturday, 23rd September, 2023, in Washington

Washington DC, USAP The landmark Washington National Cathedral unveiled new stained-glass windows on Saturday with a theme of racial justice, filling the space that had once held four windows honouring Confederate Generals Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The new windows depict a march for justice by African Americans, descendants of the very people who would have remained in slavery after the […]

“Colin loved the church”: Powell recalled as Episcopalian at cathedral funeral

Washington Colin Powell funeral

Washington DC, USRNS Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell, known as a four-star general and as a one-time Secretary of State, was remembered at his funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday as a man of the Episcopal faith. Longtime colleague and friend Richard Armitage, who served as deputy secretary of state […]

US cathedral to replace Confederate windows with stained glass reflecting Black life

US Washington National Cathedral Kerry James Marshall

Washington DC, USRNS Four years after the Washington National Cathedral removed stained-glass windows depicting Confederate generals Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the cathedral announced Thursday that the windows will be filled with work by multimedia artist Kerry James Marshall related to racial justice. The windows, which are expected to be installed in 2023, will […]

US religious artifacts in new Reconstruction exhibit depict resilience, racism

National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington Make Good the Promises

RNS The pew from a church where Black people once were relegated to the balcony. A pair of stained-glass windows honoring Confederate generals that were removed from Washington National Cathedral. A Bible used during the study session at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on the night when nine people were killed. These and other religious artifacts are among […]

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel gets seat at Washington National Cathedral

US Washington National Cathedral Elie Wiesel

Washington DC, USAP Washington National Cathedral, the massive Episcopal house of worship that prides itself on being an unfinished work-in-progress whose stones and stained glass tell the story of the 20th and 21st centuries, is unveiling its newest addition: a carving of iconic author, human rights campaigner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. The carving completes […]

US faith leaders get COVID-19 shot to curb vaccine reluctance

US faith leaders vaccinations Rev Patricia Hailes Fears

Washington DC, USAP More than two dozen clergy members from the capital region rolled up their sleeves inside the Washington National Cathedral and got vaccinated against the coronavirus Tuesday in a camera-friendly event designed to encourage others to get their own COVID-19 shots. The interfaith “vaccine confidence” event targeted in particular Black, Latino and other […]