A foundational conviction at Church of the Pilgrims is that God gathers us together as a community of faith in order to send us back out into the world as the Body of Christ, engaging in acts of compassion, and joining others in the struggle for justice and peace. God not only calls us as individuals, but as an entire community, to be part of something bigger than we are.
The Pilgrimage is the principal outreach ministry of Church of the Pilgrims. Set up like a hostel, The Pilgrimage welcomes groups up to 40 people and puts people into contact with the poor and low income of Washington, DC through experiential learning projects.
It is through hands-on work that groups learn about the reality of being poor and hungry in our nation's capital, that justice must be experienced, and that justice must be lived out by a way of life.
Our hope is to build communities where people are invested in eradicating hunger, homelessness, and poverty with a deep understanding of the myths, stereotypes, and systemic structures that create these inequalities.
Since the mid-1980s, Open Table has offered lunch to the Dupont Circle area homeless and poor on Sunday afternoons. From 1:00-1:30 PM, we serve a simple meal and provide a sack lunch. In addition to simply giving a meal, we provide our guests with welcome, respect, and a safe space. Open Table is a community effort. Our volunteer cooks and servers are a blend of Church of the Pilgrims members, including families with young children, and other service-minded individuals in the community.
Sacred Greens is Pilgrims urban garden, created to provide healthy, organic produce for Open Table meals. As an Earth-honoring faith initiative, Sacred Greens thrives with volunteers from Pilgrims who design the produce layout, cultivate the soil, plant, water, and harvest.
On the second weekend in June, the Capital Pride Parade starts at the front steps of Church of the Pilgrims. Each year, we open our doors for inclusive bathrooms, water, and our air-conditioned sanctuary. Hundreds of Pride-goers come through our doors and Pilgrims is honored to offer hospitality to all those giving witness to the prideful spirit of Washington, DC's LGBTQ community.