Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ashes at the Metro

This morning, rushing to church for our 8 a.m. Ash Wednesday service, I passed the priest from our neighboring Episcopalian Church standing on the  corner with a couple of altar boys and/or girls offering passersby ashes. I didn't have time to stop, which I really wanted to do, so I rushed by.

Foundry helped introduce the idea of ashes-on-the-run to Washington when folk from our Sunday Night @Foundry congregation distributed ashes at the Dupont Metro stop last year. The story made CNN. This morning we had two teams distributing ashes at both the Dupont Metro and the Columbia Heights Metro stops.

I was fascinated to read that 20 Episcopalian congregations are offering ashes at Metro stops today. "Wow," I thought. "The Episcopalians stole our idea."

Except it really wasn't our idea. We "borrowed" it from our friends at Urban Village Church in Chicago (who have 60 Ash Wednesday stations planned for throughout Chicago this year). Who knows where Urban Village may have gotten the idea?

The website "Ashes to Go" claims the idea of taking ashes to the streets on Ash Wednesday originated in 2006 in an ecumenical group that met in St. Louis, Mo.  Maybe.

This year our local Washington, D.C., Episcopalian bishop Mariann Edgar Budde (who is very cool, by the way) made news by joining those distributing ashes at Metro stops.

Of course, I think worshiping in our Foundry chapel, as we did at 8 a.m. this morning, or in our church sanctuary as we will at 7 p.m. this evening, is a more powerful way to begin Lent.

Yet,  for those who paused this morning for even just a half-moment to remember their mortality and to think for a moment about the mysteries of life and death, even this is a very good thing.

So thanks to our clergy and volunteers --Methodist, Episcopalian or whatever-- who got up early and were at the Metro stops offering ashes to all.   

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yes. This is what psychotherapy feels like ...

Available on Craigs List.

Freud professional woodworking 15 piece router bit set. $250.

 In my experience, these tools have a totally appropriate name.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Come visit Foundry, Betty, and let us know how we are doing ...

Watch Betty Butterfield's experience visiting a Methodist Church ...


How does Foundry compare with her experience?

This Sunday is our annual Foundry State of the Church sermon. We will ask how we did as a congregation in 2012 and how we might grow in faithfulness to our calling in 2013.

What is God calling us to be and do in 2013? 

I hope you can join us.