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.
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Togo West Parlor

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1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
202-347-8766 www.stjohns-dc.org

October 2018

Parlor Series Season Opener

October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Ars Nova Chamber Ensemble Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet

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February 2019

Latrobe: Trivia Night!

February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Trivia night is back! Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by dinner and an evening where you get to show off just how much you know. For more information, please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo. All are welcome!

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Speaker Series: Bruce McPherson

February 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson, St. John’s Interim Rector. He will speak on Congregations and Their Life Cycles.

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Speaker Series: Warren Finch, Jr.

February 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Warren Finch, Jr., Director of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

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March 2019

Clothing Drive

March 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, happening 3 times

Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Need more space in your closets? Clear them out and help your neighbors in D.C. at the same time! The St. John's Clothing Drive begins on Sunday, March 3 and ends on Sunday, March 17. Volunteers will be in the Togo West Parlor of the Parish House on Sundays before and after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services to collect your gently-used clothing. We accept all types of clothing for men, women, and children. Additionally, we are requesting parishioners…

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Speaker Series: Peter Bergen

March 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst and terrorism expert. He will speak on An Update on Terrorism.

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Clothing Drive

March 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, happening 3 times

Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Need more space in your closets? Clear them out and help your neighbors in D.C. at the same time! The St. John's Clothing Drive begins on Sunday, March 3 and ends on Sunday, March 17. Volunteers will be in the Togo West Parlor of the Parish House on Sundays before and after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services to collect your gently-used clothing. We accept all types of clothing for men, women, and children. Additionally, we are requesting parishioners…

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Speaker Series: The Rev. Susan Flanders

March 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Rev. Susan M. Flanders, Episcopal priest at St. Columba’s Church who works on issues surround end-of-life spirituality, choices, and care. Her latest book is If I Ever Lose My Mind: Aid in Dying with Advanced Dementia and her topic will be Dementia: A Quandary of Compassion.

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Theology on Tap: the Rev. Susan Flanders

March 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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In an age where church attendance is declining and belief in conventional formulations is dwindling, this discussion will focus on how and why Jesus is important for Christians and on ways to think about him that may inspire a more meaningful faith. You're invited to a discussion with the Rev. Susan Flanders on Wednesday, March 13 at St. John's Church. The topic is Where is Jesus Now For You? From Atonement to Incarnation. Susan is on staff at St. Columba's Episcopal…

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Clothing Drive

March 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, happening 3 times

Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Need more space in your closets? Clear them out and help your neighbors in D.C. at the same time! The St. John's Clothing Drive begins on Sunday, March 3 and ends on Sunday, March 17. Volunteers will be in the Togo West Parlor of the Parish House on Sundays before and after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services to collect your gently-used clothing. We accept all types of clothing for men, women, and children. Additionally, we are requesting parishioners…

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Parlor Series – Art Song

March 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Soprano Tory Wood with pianist Joey Arkfeld Art Song Tory Wood, from Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, sings in the St. John’s Choir and will be in chorus appearances in Tosca and Faust with the Washington National Opera this spring. Her husband Joey Arkfeld recently obtained his Master of Music in Piano from the University of Maryland and is artistic director and composer for the ensemble New Dynamic. They will perform works by Bachelet, Strauss, and Ricky Ian Gordon. The Parlor…

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April 2019

Speaker Series: Frank Sesno

April 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and former CNN reporter.

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Speaker Series: Karen King

April 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. She will speak on Death and Life: Some Lesser Known Views from the Early Christians.

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May 2019

Speaker Series: Eric Schwartz

May 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International and the former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. He will speak about the current refugee crisis.

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Parlor Series Family Presentation

May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Beech Tree Puppets The Giant Turnip, celebrating the love of earth and community.

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Speaker Series: Kathryn Keane

May 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Kathryn Keane, Vice President of Public Programming at the National Geographic Society and Director of the National Geographic Museum. She will speak about the museum’s current exhibit titled, The Queens of Egypt.

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Speaker Series: Susan Page

May 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. She will speak on her newly released book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.

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The Rev. Luis León Portrait Dedication

May 19, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Please join us in the Togo West Parlor after the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, May 19 for the unveiling and dedication of the portrait of the Rev. Dr. Luis León, 14th Rector of St. John's Church.

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Refugee Committee Meeting

May 26, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Please join the Refugee Committee at its next monthly meeting on Sunday, May 26, after the 10:30 a.m. service in the Togo West Parlor. Please contact Jessica Sanchez at jesspulsifersanchez@gmail.com with any questions.

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October 2019

Speaker Series: Jane Clarke

October 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Jane Clarke, acclaimed Irish poet, will reflect on the role of poetry in helping us respond to loss with a reading from her recently published second collection, When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2019) and her illustrated group of poems inspired by a First World War family archive, All the Way Home, Smith (Doorstop 2019). She will speak on Give Sorrow Words.

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November 2019

Speaker Series: Robert Musil

November 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Robert Musil, is President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council (RCC). He is the author of Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment and Hope for a Heated Planet. He will speak about how Rachel Carson’s environmental ethics and spiritual values are critical to current environmental justice concerns for people of color and low-income communities.

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Latrobe: Trivia Night!

November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Join the young adult Latrobe Fellowship for our monthly First Wednesday celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. Following the service, we will gather in the Togo West Parlor for a night of trivia with dinner and drinks (non-alcoholic beverages will be available). We recommend brushing up on your presidential history and Washington trivia to prepare. For more information, please contact Matthew Taylor. All are welcome!

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Speaker Series: Reid Detchon

November 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Reid Detchon, Senior Advisor for Climate Solutions at the United Nations Foundation. He has also served as Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a non-partisan domestic policy initiative, and as chair of the Environment Committee of the Diocese of Washington. Reid is a co-founder of the Environment Committee at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and a founding board member of Interfaith Power and Light. He will speak on What's God Got to Do with It? Protecting the Environment as a…

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December 2019

Latrobe: Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange

December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Latrobe Fellowship will host their monthly first Wednesday service of Holy Eucharist and annual Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to the service and the holiday feast and White Elephant Gift Exchange that follows. Please bring a small, wrapped present (up to $20 in value) with you. If you forget, we will also have several presents available for purchase at the event. Please contact Matthew Taylor, Carl Ward, and Andrew Tomlinson with any questions.

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Speaker Series: The Rev. William Morris

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Rev. William Morris, St. John’s Assisting Priest for Engaging Faith and the Workplace. He will speak on Engaging Faith and the Workplace.

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Speaker Series: Stewart McLaurin

December 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association. He leads the Association’s non-profit and non-partisan mission to support conservation and preservation at the White House with non-government funding. He will speak on The White House Historical Association.

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January 2020

Speaker Series – Richard Bell

January 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Richard Bell, scholar, writer, and associate professor at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the history and culture of the United States between 1750 and 1877. He will speak on his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home.

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The Latrobe Fellowship

January 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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THE LATROBE FELLOWSHIP Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. Join the young adult Latrobe Fellowship for our monthly First Wednesday celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8. Following the service, we will gather in the Togo West Parlor for snacks and champagne tasting. All are welcome! Please contact Matthew Taylor, Carl Ward, and Andrew Tomlinson with any questions.

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Speaker Series: Christopher Costa

January 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Christopher Costa, former intelligence officer of 34 years, former Special Assistant to the President and current Executive Director of the International Spy Museum.  He will speak on The International Spy Museum.

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Speaker Series: David Garrow

January 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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David Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He will speak on The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King. Jr.

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February 2020

Annual Parish Reception

February 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Free

Join the St. John's community at the Annual Parish Reception on Sunday, February 2, after the 11:00 a.m. service in the Parish House. There will be wine and non-alcoholic beverages in addition to heavy hors-d'oeuvres. Please RSVP at rsvp@stjohns-dc.org or at 202-347-8766 by Thursday, January 30, so that we can accurately confirm the food order for the reception.   All are welcome!

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Speaker Series: Dr. Meredith Evans

February 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. She will speak about the Jimmy Carter Presidential library and museum and the Carter presidency.

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Speaker Series: Robert Strong

February 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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  Robert Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor in Political Economy at Washington and Lee University. He will speak on The Jimmy Carter Presidency.

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Speaker Series: Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter. He will speak on his book, President Carter: The White House Years.

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March 2020

Intergenerational Lenten Workshop

March 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Sunday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m.  Togo West Parlor  Begin your Lenten season prayerfully in community. Lent is the 40 day period that Christians observe to get ready to enter into the mystery of Easter. This season is marked by many outward and tangible acts, such as fasting from luxuries and giving to others. It is a time that we are invited to clear away that which distracts us from who we truly are--beloved children of God. Join us for a creative…

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Speaker Series: Hank Handler

March 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Hank Handler, noted craftsman and master builder, co-founded Oak Grove Restoration Company 40 years ago to specialize in the conservation, preservation, restoration, and retrofitting of historic buildings. He will speak about the restoration of the Dolley Madison House.

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Speaker Series: Dick Grimmett (CANCELED)

March 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Dick Grimmett, American historian. He is a member of St. John's Church, and chairman of its Properties Committee. He is also the author of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square: The History and Heritage of the Church of the Presidents, Washington, DC. He will speak on Benjamin Henry Latrobe: American Architect.

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Speaker Series: Lillian Cunningham (CANCELED)

March 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post reporter. She will speak on her podcast series, Presidential, which takes listeners on an epic historical journey through the personality and legacy of each of the American presidents.

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April 2020

Men’s Lunch Group

April 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on May 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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MEN'S LUNCH GROUP Wednesdays April 15 and May 20 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Togo West Parlor   Please bring $15 for lunch   RSVP at RSVP@stjohns-dc.org   For more information, please contact the Rev. Jane Hague.

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Speaker Series: The Rev. Robert S. Heaney (CANCELED)

April 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Mission at Virginia Theological Seminary. He will speak on International Episcopal-Anglican Identity: The State of the Communion.

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Speaker Series: George Chochos (CANCELED)

April 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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George Chochos, Assistant Director for the Georgetown University Pivot Program. He is a prison and criminal justice reform advocate who has worked with organizations and legislators to pass a wide array of reforms, ranging from sentencing reform to expanding college-in-prison programs at both the state and federal level. He will speak on Reimagining Reentry: Preparing Citizens Returning from Incarceration for Success.

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May 2020

Speaker Series: Christian Appy (CANCELED)

May 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Christian Appy, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He will speak about the Vietnam War.

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Men’s Lunch Group

May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on May 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Togo West Parlor, 1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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MEN'S LUNCH GROUP Wednesdays April 15 and May 20 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Togo West Parlor   Please bring $15 for lunch   RSVP at RSVP@stjohns-dc.org   For more information, please contact the Rev. Jane Hague.

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