Homework for Dean Gary Hall

by (@JeffreyHWalton) August 8, 2013

Fogged in? Recent comments in a Washington Post profile of National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall indicated that visibility of area churches might be limited from atop Mount Saint Alban’s. (Photo Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images) If you haven’t read it yet, Mark Tooley has a good read on Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and […]

National Cathedral Dean Slams “Filthy Enactment” of Voting Rights Ruling

by (@JeffreyHWalton) July 2, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court “essentially gutted” the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and recalls the infamous Fugitive Slave Act of the 1850s, according to the dean of the Washington National Cathedral. In a Sunday sermon celebrating recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and lamenting a ruling on […]

National Cathedral Celebrates Supreme Court Rulings with LGBT Service, African Drums

by (@JeffreyHWalton) June 27, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Washington National Cathedral officials hosted a special service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons the day of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and effectively overturned California’s voter-approved Proposition 8. Advertised as “a service of thanksgiving celebrating an increase in compassion and equality,” […]

Sojourners’ Jim Wallis Ponders Immigration, Guns at Washington National Cathedral

by (@JeffreyHWalton) April 30, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Immigration reform legislation will pass Congress by the August recess, predicted Sojourners CEO and President Jim Wallis in an April 28 interview. Wallis sat down with Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall to discuss immigration, gun control, the direction of young evangelical Christians and Wallis’ new book “On God’s Side.” Part […]

Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Cosmic Earth Day

by (@JeffreyHWalton) April 25, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Salvation is a cosmic act about all creation “not simply a few human beings,” according to the Episcopal Church’s top bishop. Speaking April 21 at the Washington National Cathedral, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori gave an Earth Day sermon on becoming “effective shepherds and pasture tenders for the whole creation” but […]

Religious Voices Loud for “Marriage Equality”

by (@TheIRD) March 28, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (GagliaAC) Marriage equality advocates gathered early Tuesday morning for an interfaith service promoting gay marriage. Religious groups have been very vocal on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Tuesday was no exception as religious groups were very prominent at both the March for Marriage (pro-traditional marriage) and the United for Marriage […]

National Cathedral Rings (Same-Sex) Wedding Bells

by (@JeffreyHWalton) January 9, 2013

The Dean of the Washington National Cathedral has announced that the Episcopal Church’s flagship congregation will begin solemnizing same-sex marriages immediately. The move by Cathedral Dean Gary Hall will come as a surprise to few. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington was one of the first in the church to offer blessing of same-sex unions, beginning […]

National Cathedral Dean Pledges to be “Counterweight” to Gun Lobby

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 20, 2012

The newly-installed dean of Washington National Cathedral dove headfirst into the firearms debate on Sunday, calling upon the cathedral to be the “focal point” of gun control advocacy in a sermon about the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. In what might be a first for the Episcopal cathedral, Dean Gary Hall’s sermon was touted in a […]