Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
Thanks to a reader for passing on this letter:
Two years ago, following a tragic shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., then-Dean Gary Hall called for the removal of two stained glass windows at the Cathedral that honor Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
At that time, we began a process to engage this community in deep questions of racial justice, the legacy of slavery and God’s call to us in the 21st century. Over the past two years, we have heard from deeply passionate voices who have engaged with us and held us accountable to this process, and we thank them.
The programs we have hosted, the conversations within our community and national events have brought greater focus on the key question facing us: Are these windows, installed in 1953, an appropriate part of the sacred fabric of a spiritual home for the nation?
After considerable prayer and deliberation, the Cathedral Chapter voted Tuesday to immediately remove the windows. The Chapter believes that these windows are not only inconsistent with our current mission to serve as a house of prayer for all people, but also a barrier to our important work on racial justice and racial reconciliation. Their association with racial oppression, human subjugation and white supremacy does not belong in the sacred fabric of this Cathedral.
These windows will be deconsecrated, removed, conserved and stored until we can determine a more appropriate future for them. The window openings and stone work in the Lee-Jackson Bay will be covered over until we determine what will go in their place.
There are several things that we know to be true: (more…)
This rental is located at 3051 Idaho Ave, NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$900 / 1br – FANTASTIC NATURE VIEWS FROM TOP FLOOR ONE BEDROOM
THIS ONE WILL NOT LAST
QUIET PEACEFUL NATURE VIEWS FROM VERY LARGE 1 BEDROOM
HAS NEWER APPLIANCES, EAT-IN KITCHEN, PANTRY
LOTS AND LOTS OF CLOSETS WITH VERY LARGE LIVING ROOM
NEAR METRO, METRO BUS STOPS IN FRONT AND IS ALSO REGULAR BUS
PARK WITH POOL AND GYM RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET
FORWARD ME YOUR EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS
RENT INCLUDE ALL UTILITIES”
This rental is located at 2844 Wisconsin Ave, NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$1395 / 465ft2 – Beautiful Pool – Oversize Studio – Utilities Included – Microwave Too!
The Garfield House
2844 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Sq Footage: 465 sqft.
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Lease Duration: 1 Year
Pets Policy: Cats & Dogs OK
Laundry: Laundry Room in Building
Property Type: Apartment
“Noticed this pious Red-tailed at the National Cathedral this past Easter Sunday.”
If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.
More shots after the jump. (more…)
Thanks to Paul for sending this beautiful shot Easter morning.
This footage is of a guy peaking in my yard and then reaching in and opening my gate and pushing it open and walking away while my dogs were in the yard. I had been finding broken glass thrown in my yard, a jar of cherries smashed in my yard, jujube candies strewn throughout my yard and smushed in my fence, and twice I found my gate wide open. So I put up a security cam I my alley and I caught the a**hole. He’s been watching me because he only strikes on weekends when I’m not home and he knew exactly how to open my gate from the outside. I want to identify him and prosecute him and get a restraining order. My dogs could have gone out in the street and been killed, but they chose to stand guard of their house for a full hour with a wide open gate.
I called the police and an Officer from 2nd District came to the house. I showed him the video and he basically said no laws were broken and that if I want protection I should get a gun. Then he said if he comes again and I catch him in the act then call 911. I had to force him to take a police report. So basically no help at all. I’ve gone around to all the neighbors that share my alley and showed them the video and no one recognized him but said they’d keep a lookout.”
If anyone has information you can email [email protected] and I’ll forward to OP as well as the Metropolitan Police Department.
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courtesy World Wildlife Fund
From a press release:
“Some of the world’s most iconic landmarks will go dark on March 25 at 8:30pm local time to celebrate Earth Hour 2017, the world’s largest movement in support of action on climate change.
These will include the Empire State Building, the Space Needle and much of the Las Vegas strip, providing a powerful visual backdrop in support of Earth Hour.
As part of Earth Hour, people, cities and businesses around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to draw attention to the urgent need to step up our fight against climate change. With the historic Paris Agreement on climate change now in full force, there’s never been a more crucial time to hold leaders accountable and show strong public support for efforts to stem climate change. (more…)
This rental is located at 3707 Woodley Rd NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$1820 / 1br – 700ft2 – 1BR w/fireplace & W/D in Boutique bldg.
Boutique feel, tranquil location, & 1BR apartment available May 15th. The Fleetwood, 3707 Woodley Rd NW. Lots of great features such as a fireplace, bay window washer and dryer, and updated hall/lobby decor. Currently occupied: We show by appointment only.
Lots of space & sun. Hardwood floors in living area and new carpet in the bedroom. Additional storage and full size w/d. And a bike rack, too!
Neighborhood is bustling with new events & activities; new fitness studios, Friday outdoor concerts, and lots of new dining/shopping venues at Cathedral Commons.
Pets OK with some restrictions; $350 annual pet rent, no more than one, dogs less than 35lbs.
Security deposit of $1000 and $40 per adult application fee. Same day approval process…we are renter-friendly who appreciate that this is an important decision for you.
WE SHOW BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering
From an event, Seeing Deeper, at the National Cathedral on Monday night:
“This exclusive after-hours experience allows photographers to stay for an hour after the building has closed and witness the Cathedral illuminated floor to ceiling with a series of rotating colors and patterns that bring the building’s architecture to life.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering
Wowza! Cathedral Heights.