WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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

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.

The Open Wound 2015

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“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”
I would like to understand if God gave another clue when He told Abraham that his generation would be as the stars of the sky, especially in a world like today where those stars don’t live in peace.
What is a peacemaker in a world like today? The fourth Mark of Mission of The Episcopal Church is “to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.”
The kingdom of heaven as announced by Jesus is the best way to describe that none of the structures known then as kingdoms applied to where the followers of Jesus belonged. In the world today in 2015,  where democracy still is the best structure but imperfect, can we declare that we are citizens of a government of heaven?
That vision is hard but is needed to be a peacemaker. Nations cannot be Christian, nor should they try to be. Redemption is a personal gift. It has nothing to do with the Hellenic vision of a unified empire under a unique religion. It was not true when the Roman Empire killed Christians and Jews with that purpose.  It was not true when non-Christians were killed in the name of Christianity. It was not true when slavery was justified.  It is not true when violence or fear is used instead of love. The world is not in peace because of all those open wounds.
This Lent I want to be a peacemaker.  I ask for the opportunity to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.

-Fernando Hermoza


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