On Sunday, February 8, WAMU radio ran a story about break dancers from as far away as Florida competing in a fundraising break dance competition in DC.
The competition’s location? St. Stephen’s Church.
The Washington Post ran an article on Sunday, February 15, about SpeakeasyDC, “a monthly gathering of storytellers that has become so popular it has had to change venues to accommodate the crowds,” according to the Post.
SpeakeasyDC’s office location? St. Stephen’s Church.
The Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU on Wednesday, February 18, featured the discussion “Community Activism Across Generations.” “During the last decade, D.C. neighborhoods like Shaw and Columbia Heights have been revitalized by an influx of new professionals. We explore how a group of senior activists and young people are building bridges across generational and class lines.” The show focused on We Are Family and Positive Force DC.
We Are Family’s office location? St. Stephen’s Church. Positive Force’s primary location for concerts? St. Stephen’s Church.
The Washington Post’s Style section’s major article on Thursday, February 19: “Taking an Audacious Step for Peace: Women on Years-Long ‘Walk’ Around the World.” The article describes the walkers arrival at the White House, four years after they began walking.
The location of Peace Walk's February 21 interfaith service? St. Stephen’s Church.
The weekend of February 27-March 2, 10,000 high school and college students attended Power Shift 09, a conference to “take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Capitol Hill,” according to their website.
Where did 550 of the conferees sleep? On the floors of St. Stephen’s Church. Yes, five hundred and fifty people. Bodies, wall to wall. Just imagine the lines for the bathrooms in the mornings, and especially on Sunday, when they all had to be out of the building by 8am.
St. Stephen’s has had a reputation for decades of being a church that will open its doors to all. That reputation is suddenly growing by leaps and bounds, and we’re fielding 20-30 requests per week this year from people needing space for events.
Where does the Jane Jerardi dance troop practice? St. Stephen’s Church.
Where does the New Harvest jazz and poetry group practice? St. Stephen’s Church.
Where does DC Jobs with Justice hold monthly training sessions? The International Socialists Organization hold monthly public discussions? The Latino Economic Development Corporation hold regular leadership training sessions for Latino youth? St. Stephen’s Church.
Where does Capital City Public Charter School turn for space for 2-day teacher development workshops? Who do students from American University call when they need space for a concert to raise funds for a Central American study and service trip? What space is perfect for the producer of a public interest video to film a segment? St. Stephen’s Church.
Which church provides space for twice-a-week Narcotics Anonymous meetings? Weekly tutoring for African immigrants? Quinceñera parties for Latino girls? Kitchen space four afternoons each week for Brainfood’s award-wining after-school program? Program space four evenings each week for Words, Beats & Life’s Urban Arts Academy? St. Stephen’s Church.
All of the above stuff? That’s in February 2009. January had its own list. So does March.
And there’s Loaves and Fishes meals every Saturday and Sunday…Monday evening Misa Alegria choir practices…feast day eucharists…Thursday evening 10:30 service choir practices…finance committee meetings…Sunday School…Ash Wednesday services…
St. Stephen’s Church: we’re so much more than a Sunday-only church.