Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.


From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.


At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
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Care of Creation: The environmental cost of beef and dairy consumption

Domesticated livestock, mostly cows and pigs, account for some 60% of the biomass of all land mammals.  Humans make up another 36%.  Wild animals only account for the remaining 4%.  Is it any wonder that human activity impacts the planet?  The carbon footprint of our agriculture is huge.  Livestock drive almost 80% of the use of global agricultural land for grazing and growing feed (for animals, not humans).  Ruminants, such as cattle and sheep, further impact the environment by pollution through fossil fuel use, animal methane, effluent waste, and water needs.  Cutting back on red meat by just a third, and replacing it with pork, poultry or legumes would drop our individual food related emissions by 13% … without even considering the health aspects of such a diet change.


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