Who We Are
St. Monica & St. James is a progressive Anglo-Catholic parish in the heart of D.C.'s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. We are enthusiastically in communion with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Our congregation consists of families and individuals; young and old; LGBT and straight, city folk and suburbanites. We take pride in our diversity as people and our oneness in the Holy Spirit.
Historically, our Congregation was formed as a merger of two older Episcopal churches: St. Monica's, strongly identifying with its African-American experience, and St. James', deeply rooted in its Anglo-Catholic liturgical heritage. Today, our diverse backgrounds remind us to make no peace with oppression but to see God's image in each other. We are committed to compassion and justice in our society. In our worship the Eucharist, celebrated with timeless words, incense and glorious music, binds us to God and to one another. Our spiritual community constantly seeks new ways to appreciate the depth of worship and liturgy and its power to transform lives.
We seek to worship God and proclaim Jesus Christ's love through our traditions, our diversity and inclusiveness, our individual and collective ministries, and the world's communities.
Our spiritual quest is marked by a balance of respect for tradition and a willingness to grapple with change and debate. We offer renewal of faith through the joy of a living church and the knowledge of transformation through the grace of the Holy Spirit. No matter who you are or where you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome here!