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  • Servant Leadership School Spring Semester

    The Servant Leadership School, in the Festival Center is pleased to announce the following courses for our Spring Term.  The "From Call to Creed" classes will begin Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7pm and the Racial Reconciliaton - Practicum class will begin Tuesday May 6th.  Both classes will run for six weeks

    From Creed to Call

     6 week class (April 30 - June 4)


    7pm – 9pm 

    led by Marjory Bankson 

    Have you ever wondered how Church of the Saviour fits into the sweep of church development, from the earliest gatherings recorded in Paul's letters, to the present day network of scattered churches? Where did our focus on the journey inward/journey outward come from? How is it related to the traditional creeds (statements of belief) that some churches use? This six-week class will engage you with questions of faith and practice. You can expect minimal reading, experiential discussion and spirited discussion.

    Marjory Bankson is an author, artist, and a Steward of Seekers Church.


    Racial Reconciliation – A Practicum

    6 week class (May 6 - June 10)


    7pm – 9pm 

    led by Dr. Paula Matabane and Dr. Kimberly Turner

    With all of the workshops, documentaries, and training sessions on racial reconciliation and justice, the questions always looms; where do we go from here?  Dr. Martin Luther King answered that question by saying we had two choices; either chaos or community.  This class will be interactive and participatory with emphasis on finding practical ways to practice living as community together.

    Dr. Paula Matabane is a professor at Howard University, ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, documentary film maker, and has led retreats at Dayspring Retreat Center


    Dr. Kimberly Turner is the Program Manager for the Occupational Safety Health Statistics Program  at the D.C. Dept. of Health and an Associate Minister at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC.


    Please contact Joseph Deck, Executive Director of the Festival Center at (202)328-0072 or to register.



  • Discipleship Year Internship 2014-2015 Recruitment!


    The Discipleship Year Program of the Festival Center is recruiting for the 2014 - 2015 Year.  

    One of The Festival Center’s core programs, Discipleship Year is a year-long residential experience that actively engages volunteers with issues of social justice and servant leadership.

    Volunteers will:

    • live in intentional community in a Christian setting
    • enter into theological study and/or reflection through classes at the Servant Leadership School
    • work in one of the Church of the Saviour ministries or a similar organization

    Please contact the Director of the Discipleship Program:

    Dawn Longenecker at or (202)328-0072 for further information

  • Race - From Hurt to Healing

    Starting March 12th through May 7 our Servant Leadership School will sponsor a 9-week class,7pm - 9pm, Race – From Hurt to Healing” facilitated by Milagros Phillips at the Festival Center.

    This class takes us on a 9 week journey of discovery and recovery.  It moves us from wherever we are with our racial dynamic, to a deeper place of personal power and well-being.  With Compassion and respect for each of our individual experiences, we will move through the 8 stages of healing.

    Text Book Required for class:  Racial Sobriety, by Dr. Fr. Clarence Williams at

    If you want to join us in this journey, please pre-register with Patty Wudel by phone at 202-328-9161 or email:

    Make Checks payable to Milagros Phillips and send all checks to Joseph's House c/o Patty Wudel

    Address:  Joseph's House c/o Patty Wudel  1730 Lanier Pl. NW Washington, DC  20009

    Space is limited, so don’t wait!




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