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Sacred Choral Music Festival (Limited Tickets Available) Friday February 26 2021 at 3:00 PM

× February 26-28, 2021
Join The King’s Singers and Washington National Cathedral Choirs as we celebrate the beauty, breadth and power of sacred music at the 2021 Sacred Choral Music Festival on February 26-28. The festival weekend includes opportunities for rehearsals, performances, workshops, lectures, discussions, fellowship, and our national worship service broadcast.

The Centenary Celebration of Richard Wayne Dirksen Online Event Friday February 26 2021 at 7:00 PM

× In his 49 years at Washington National Cathedral, Wayne Dirksen (1921-2003) left a musical legacy of brilliant music-making and artistic innovation. This centenary year, we recall his life and work with an online event including keynote lectures, current and archival performances and a virtual reception and panel discussion. Presented as Part of Washington national Cathedral’s annual Sacred Choral Music Festival.

This is an online event.

The King’s Singers New Music Prize Online Concert Sunday February 28 2021 at 4:00 PM

× Throughout history, music has provided hope and healing at some of societies’ most challenging times. In 2020, The King’s Singers launched the New Music Prize to recognize, develop, and encourage a spirit of musical creativity in today’s world. Through this Prize, it is their mission to leave the world a musically richer place.

Registrants will be sent connection information by email closer to the concert.

This is an online event.

Long Long Way Part 2 (Limited Tickets Available) Tuesday March 2 2021 at 7:00 PM

× In the concluding session, acclaimed producer, writer and educator Sonja D. Williams leads a panel discussion with Douglas, Garrett and award-winning filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez comparing Casablanca (1942), Crash (2004), and Black Panther (2018). The films from three eras of filmmaking chart a course from inclusion of a positive Black character through the complications of an explicit multi-racial narrative and into the realm of Black writing and directing. With clips from these films, the online discussion will unpack religious themes about human dignity, conflict, and redemption echoed in these films.
Virtual Program

Faith in Action: “Social Justice in the New Testament” Wednesday March 3 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Presenter: Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Washington National Cathedral

Facilitation: Celeste Bryant, Metropolitan AME

The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. oversees the Cathedral’s outreach and social justice initiatives, including gun violence prevention and racial justice and reconciliation. In particular, Dr. Hamlin assists in the building of partnerships and the equipping of the Cathedral community and the congregation to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in the world.

Lenten Reflections: Pádraig Ó Tuama, Irish Poet and Theologian Wednesday March 3 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is the author of four books of poetry and prose: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios, where he also has responsibilities in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Ireland.

Peace, Love and Yoga At Washington National Cathedral Monday March 8 2021 at 8:00 AM

× Start your week with Flow Yoga Center! Shawn Parel and the team at Flow Yoga lead this energizing and awakening yoga experience. Some beginner yoga experience will make this class easier to follow. This class will be offered live on Zoom from the Cathedral Nave.

Peace, Love and Yoga At Washington National Cathedral Monday March 8 2021 at 12:15 PM

× Kara Welch plays live harp music to accompany this all-levels yoga class offered by Flow Yoga Center. Stretch, strengthen and relax in this unique offering from the Cathedral Nave. No experience necessary! This class will be offered live on Zoom from the Cathedral Nave.

Faith in Action: “The Work of Spirit: Radical Reframing Luke 4: 16-21” Wednesday March 10 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Presenter: William H. Lamar IV, Pastor, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Facilitation: Celeste Bryant, Metropolitan AME

William Lamar, pastor of Metropolitan AME, extends the cathedral of African Methodism’s nearly two centuries-long legacy of bearing witness to and ushering into this world the reign of the living God. Lamar has published articles in Christian Century, The Christian Recorder, and Divinity Magazine among others and been featured in The Washington Post, the Afro-American and on PBS’s “News Hour.”

Lenten Reflections: Liz Tichenor, Rector, Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill, CA Wednesday March 10 2021 at 7:00 PM

× The Rev. Liz Tichenor has put down roots in the Bay Area but is originally from New Hampshire and the Midwest. An Episcopal priest, she serves as rector at Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill, California and is the author of a newly released book, The Night Lake: A Young Priest Maps the Topography of Grief. Tichenor and her husband are raising two young children and continuing to explore the adventure of living, parenting, and serving in their community. Some related passions include running, fine baked goods, growing as many tomatoes as possible, and chasing after their puppy. You can learn more about Liz and her work at

Qualities of Mercy: A Reflective Writing Workshop with Mary Hall Surface Sunday March 14 2021 at 4:00 PM

× Discover the power of contemplative looking and reflective writing in this 75-minute online workshop. Inspired by six sculptural figures above the great altar in the Cathedral’s reredos, we will reflect on acts of compassion and moments of grace in our lives, communities and world. These figures invite and challenge us to consider how we might serve the greater good in our common life together. Designed for everyone, not just “writers,” the workshop embraces close looking at art and inward looking through reflective writing for personal and spiritual growth.

Faith in Action: “Migrant Justice on the U.S./Mexico Border” Wednesday March 17 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Presenter: Rev. David Ulloa Chavez, Missioner for Border Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

Facilitation: Martin Dickinson, Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. David Ulloa Chavez serves as the Missioner for Border Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, which includes serving on the diocesan anti-racism committee, faculty member of the diocesan Deacon Formation Academy, Bishop's representative to the Cruzando Fronteras steering committee, and as member of the Advisory Council for the Latino Ministries of TEC and the Mexico Covenant Committee.

Lenten Reflections: Anna Blaedel, Theologian-in-Residence at enfleshed Wednesday March 17 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Rev. Anna Blaedel (they/them) reimagines our common life as the site of Sacred encounter, and collects Wisdom from the intersections of academic, activist, and religious engagement. They draw on theopoetics, relational philosophies of enfleshment, and anti-racist, queer, feminist, disability, and eco-theologies of liberation to offer spiritual nourishment for collective liberation and shared flourishing. Anna is the co-founder of and theologian-in-residence at enfleshed, and Chaplain at the Wesley Center at the University of Iowa. They are completing their PhD in Theological and Philosophical Studies at Drew University’s Graduate Division on Religion. Anna delights in waking before dawn, walking in the woods, savoring (fair trade) strong coffee & dark chocolate, tending their garden, being an aunt, sharing silence, poetry, candlelight, and good food with beloveds, and retreating to their basement woodworking shop.

Art as Spiritual Practice – Florilegium: Botanical Collage Sunday March 21 2021 at 4:00 PM

× Join us for an online collage workshop to celebrate the first day of Spring! Inspired by collections of florilegia and the symbolic language of flowers we will look closely at how artists use shape, color and scale in botanical designs. Learn simple techniques and make a collage out of colored and recycled papers. No previous experience with art is necessary, only curiosity and a willingness to engage the creative process. A Zoom link and password along with a materials list will be sent to you before the program.

Faith in Action: “Churches Cracked Open: Dismantling the Racism at the Heart of the Church” Wednesday March 24 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Presenter: Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, The Episcopal Church

Facilitation: Celeste Bryant, Metropolitan AME

As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, Canon Stephanie Spellers helps Episcopalians to follow Jesus’ Way of Love and to grow loving, life-giving, and liberating relationships with God, each other, and the earth. She is the author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation.

Lenten Reflections: Mr. Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman Wednesday March 24 2021 at 7:00 PM

× Tim Shriver is the long-time Chairman of Special Olympics, best-selling author, founding force of the social and emotional learning (SEL) movement, film producer, husband, and father. In 2018, he began asking new questions--how could the SEL teaching skills like empathy and self-awareness help the country? How could the example of the athletes of Special Olympics provide a model for a divided world? Hundreds of young people, faith leaders, educators, philosophers, scientists, activists and political figures have joined the conversation. Together, they came to the conclusion that in spite of the divides, the world is hungry for ideas that unite. Thus, they founded UNITE, the collective for common purpose – crossing divides to address problems that can only be solved together. As the launch of UNITE neared, Covid-19 became a pandemic, and suddenly humanity’s interdependence and need for connection became the leading themes of human events. Seeing the need, the group agreed to start its work early, and The Call to Unite became project one.

François Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbre Sunday March 28 2021 at 6:00 PM

× Sopranos Laura Choi Stuart and Elissa Edwards present François Couperin's Leçons de ténèbre, an evocative piece intended for performance in Holy Week. This setting of portions of the Book of Lamentations is one of the masterworks of the French Baroque vocal repertoire and will evoke the atmosphere of Holy Week in 18th-century Paris. Performers: Laura Choi Stuart & Elissa Edwards, sopranos; William Sims, lute; Thomas Sheehan, organ; and Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba.

Virtual Concert

Cathedral Spotlights: Virtual Gargoyle Tour Tuesday March 30 2021 at 4:00 PM

× Come eye-to-eye with some of the terrifying, whimsical and awesome gargoyles and grotesques of Washington National Cathedral. Learn the stories and history behind these fascinating carvings! Marvel at the Salacious Stonecarver, the Hippie, a certain Lord of the Sith and even what may (or may not) be Voldemort's Dark Mark! This virtual exploration will be led by Cathedral Docent Andrew Martin, who has been leading gargoyle tours and tower climbs at the Cathedral for over ten years.

Virtual Discussion

Easter Day Organ Recital Sunday April 4 2021 at 6:00 PM

× Happy Easter! Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and George Fergus celebrate the holiday with a selection of uplifting music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ. Join the organists after as well for a discussion of the music and the amazing instrument! Works of Lynn Trapp, Buxtehude, Simon Preston, John West, Florence Price, Denis Bédard, and Marcel Dupré.

Virtual Concert

Lent & Easter Season Pass

× This year, we're offering a virtual Easter Pass for all of our upcoming Lenten and Easter services and concerts. Sign up once and you'll receive all of our offerings delivered straight to you via email on the day of each program.

Connection with the Earth Sunday April 18 2021 at 4:00 PM

× As Earth Day approaches, discover ways to connect with the energy of our planet to cultivate grounding within. Our time together will include an exploration of the topic, guided meditation, silence, and reflection time.

Grieg’s Piano Concerto: Organ and Piano Sunday April 18 2021 at 6:00 PM

× The Cathedral’s Great Organ will be playing the part of the orchestra in this performance of Edvard Grieg’s tour-de-force Piano Concerto. Piano and organ duo Chuyoung and Erik Suter perform this incredible work together.

Virtual Concert

Holy Hilarity: Laughter Yoga to Beat the Winter Blues Sunday May 16 2021 at 4:00 PM

× Need a laugh? Want to laugh for the health of it? Do you think that “laughter is the best medicine”? Discover the joy of “laughing for no reason” in this 60-minute online laughter yoga session. Laughter Yoga is yoga through the lens of laughter and pranayama breathing. It helps us build resilience, lower stress, boost our immune system, and feel more light-hearted. Laughter happens without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. And, you’ll find that “ha ha ha can lead to aha”!

Washington National Cathedral Music Staff Recital Sunday May 30 2021 at 6:00 PM

× The talented performers of the Cathedral Music Staff put their heads together to create a varied program of music in this performance. Serious and more light-hearted selections combine to create an end-of-the-year event not to be missed!

Virtual Concert

Connection with the Sun Sunday June 13 2021 at 4:00 PM

× As the summer solstice approaches, discover ways to connect with the energy of the sun to spark your inner light. Our time together will include an exploration of the topic, guided meditation, silence, and reflection time.

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