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WES is a humanistic congregation that affirms the worth of every person. Our Sunday Platform Service is the heart of our community life. This is where we gather to reflect, to share companionship, and to refresh and renew our commitment to creating a more ethical world. We warmly welcome visitors to join us, participate in our activities, and get to know our community. Here's what to expect on Sunday mornings...


Experience two minutes of WES on a Sunday morning

Video by Glenn Clevenger 



Save the Dates--Our Salvadoran Friends are Coming!

MARCH 21. 2:00 – 4:00:  WES will co-host an awards event to honor Elvis Zavala and Vidalina Morales, two leaders from El Rodeo, and Cristina Starr, the founder of Radio Victoria. These three have been tireless in their work on behalf of their community and the people of El Salvador.  We are thrilled that Vidalina, Elvis and Cristina will be here at WES to attend the celebration and receive this recognition. 

MARCH 22:  Platform will be presented by our partners from El Rodeo.  Following the Platform, all are invited to a potluck lunch and to visit with Elvis, Vidalina and Cristina. Learn more about our Sister Community and help welcome our dear friends to Washington and to WES.

   

 




WES Hosts Free Civil Rights Film Series

Fifty people, from young teens to elders, watched the gripping documentary Freedom Riders at WES on January 25, the first of a five-part film series on the civil rights movement. A special feature of the series is the opportunity to hear from guests who helped make history--the first was Dr. Rip Patton who told the audience about his own participation in the Freedom Rides. Long-time WES member June Fair was instrumental in organizing the series, which was supported through the Bridging Cultures project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Other partners in the film series include the Washington Interfaith Network, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Neighbors Inc., Family and Friends of Incarcerated People and the Shepherd Park Community Association. The series continues on Sundays throughout February at WES at 7:00.  Next up:  The Loving Story to show on March 1.


2015 Peace Walk and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
  

  
Sixteen WES adults and children joined in the annual MLK commemoration on January 19.  The parade ran 3 miles up MLK Avenue, SE, in Anacostia.  The WES banner received a warm reception along the way.  Senior Leader Amanda Poppei was invited to join the clergy delegation who led the parade. Among the other delegations were DC Vote, a rousing marching band from Ballou High School, and Family and Friends of Incarcerated People. Founding director of FFOIP, Stuart Anderson, who organized the event, is shown above, greeting marchers.
 

WES Members Open their Wallets for El Rodeo Water Project

In just two months, WES members pitched in and raised over $10,000 -- exceeding our goal of $6,500 -- for the next phase of the project to bring clean, running water to our sister community of El Rodeo, El Salvador.  The project began 5 years ago, with WES members buying temporary water filters for every home in El Rodeo, as well as the school.  The recent effort will go to purchase the local spring which will be the source of a future water system.  Clean water is the top priority of people in the community.
 

 
First WIN Action of the Year Draws Packed House
                        
Nine hundred people, including a 15-person delegation from WES, attended a January 8 gathering of the Washingon Interfaith Network (WIN) with the newly-inaugurated Mayor Muriel Bowser.  WES Senior Leader Amanda Poppei was asked to give the opening invocation, followed by speakers focusing on themes of good union jobs, affordable housing, ending homelessness and reducing gun violence.  Mayor Bowser spoke for 20 minutes and was was warmly received by the crowd.


WES Joins National Protest of Police Violence

WES members joined thousands of others across the country December 12-13 in protest of killings in African-American communities by the police.
 
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WES voted to support consideration of the Dream Defenders' demands. 

       WES is a Welcoming Congregation
 
       WES endorses the Earth Charter


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