St Matthew Lutheran Church Perseveres Through Times of Change

By Georgine Wallace  When the new St. Matthew Lutheran Church opened on January 19, 2019, the pastor and congregation were excited about the possibilities to serve the Southwest Community after an eleven-year absence from the neighborhood, as the previous structure was demolished in 2008. St. Matthew formed a sister church relationship with First Trinity Lutheran […]

A New Chapter at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Georgine Wallace To many of us, they are treasured friends and partners in neighborhood projects, and to the parishioners of Westminster Presbyterian, Co-Pastors Ruth and Brian Hamilton are the heart of their church. Long-time member Vyllorya Evans describes Ruth Hamilton as their “spiritual leader” and “connection to the community” while Brian Hamilton “challenges our […]

Faith Community: St. Augustine’s Honors 60 Year Commitment to Social Justice 

By Georgine Wallace  Over the last two years, Southwest has welcomed several new faith leaders to our community. One new addition, Reverend Scott Lipscomb of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, arrived in Southwest in the fall of 2019 with his wife, the Reverend Anne Nicholson, and their daughter Maggie.  Ordained in 2018, Reverend Scott first served […]

Vera M. White, Former Jefferson Jr. High School Principal, Passes Away

By Angela Rice  Mrs. Vera Mae White, Jefferson Jr. High School’s illustrious former principal, peacefully passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the age of 86. A devoted wife to Blanchard White for 62 years and the mother of three sons, she led a life of faith in God and faith in the power […]

They Practice What They Preach

By Wilma Goldstein For 25 years, Brian and Ruth Hamilton have served as co-pastors at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 4th and I Streets in DC’s Southwest neighborhood.  “I think a church really needs to be a community center and has the responsibility of organizing around all kinds of issues and problems […]