The Church of the Transfiguration
Braddock Heights, MD
Rooted in Christ
Bound in Love
Called to Ministry
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EFM) continues for 2021 at Transfiguration. We meet every Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 PM throughout the year. EFM is a four-year series of courses designed to give lay persons a thorough grounding in the scriptural, liturgical, and mission-based life of the Church. For more information, check out their website at efm.sewanee.edu.
Parishioner Rosemary Dumont and Fr. Gordon are co-mentors for the course.
Multi-faith Alliance of Climate Stewards and Stream Links - 2019
We’re called to practice a more sustainable way of living to fulfill Christ’s commandment to “love one another” and Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (GreenGrace) is focused on that goal. Bishop Sutton established GreenGrace in September, 2009 for the purposes of heightening environmental awareness and stimulating and supporting parishes and parishioners within the Maryland Diocese to take actions that would make them better stewards of the environment. We see GreenGrace's work as an expression of the commandments to love God and our neighbors. Through its commitment to “GreenGrace,” our team provides practical resources and meaningful ways to enhance our connection to God’s creation at church and at home. GreenGrace also provides resources, engages in conversation, and builds community on its Facebook page.
The only way we can truly protect the world around us is to come together as one body, with one voice, to call for the care God’s creation needs. Just as we are all one body in Christ, so too must we be one body fighting for the protection of God’s kingdom. True change happens on the ground level, and we need as many people as possible to help us affect change in our communities. Join our Green Shepherds Initiative to help bring resources and action to your parish. Green Shepherds are our contacts at each parish that bridge GreenGrace’s programs and resources with the needs and desires of the parish. They act as a contact to connect people to bigger movements, as well as empowering communities to affect their own change. Not sure if your parish has a Green Shepherd? Reach out to our co-chairs to see about joining this movement!
God’s creation is found all around us and permeates every part of our lives. It is the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil under our feet. As Christians we are called to be stewards of this land, to care and cultivate the earth so that it may live on for generations. To be better stewards of God’s creation, we must first educate ourselves to the issues found within creation. This includes not only the spiritual and the theological, but the scientific and practical ecological issues as well. On our website, greengrace.episcopalmaryland.org, you will find educational resources, as well as a monthly archive of the issue highlights published in the diocesan E-news. We also have a Facebook page, where we update the public on issues relating to our diocese and the care of God’s creation. If there is an issue you are concerned with and do not see it on our website, please reach out to our co-chairs, and we will assist you in finding the information you need.
Bernadette Roche Co-Chair, GreenGrace Dick Williams Co-chair, GreenGrace
500 Trees for 500 Years
The Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners are happy to announce a partnership with the Delaware-Maryland Lutheran Synod. To celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, the Lutheran Creation Care Team has obtained a grant to plant 500 trees across the state. We are called as Christians to be stewards of God’s Kingdom, to care for creation and help it to grow. Together with our Lutheran partners, we will care for God’s creation, and help the kingdom around us to grow and be nourished.
We began this partnership with a Spring Tree Planting event held at the Diocesan Center on April 19th. Our first tree to be planted from this partnership was a fringe tree, which was prayed over and blessed by Bishop Sutton.
As part of the tree planting program, the Lutherans are holding workshops to talk about the importance of creation and how to care for trees. Learn more on our website under stewardship in action!
COTT was well represented in the tree planning effort sponsored by the Multi-faith Alliance of Climate Stewards and Stream Links. Five hundred trees were planted in Walkersville Sunday, March 31. Stream Links provided the native trees, dug the holes and will even look after the trees for their first two years. Trees help mitigate a changing climate. They sequester carbon and provide oxygen, shelter and food for many species, including humans. They stabilize soil, buffer winds in winter and provide shade in summer. Pictured: Bernadette Roche, Scott Myers, and Fr. Gordon.
More tree plantings are planned for Oct 19, 26 and Nov 16. Contact Streamlink Education at https://www.streamlinkeducation.org/plantingsor Bernadette.
OP-Ed by Dick Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a certified Baltimore TreeKeeper, and Bernadette Roche (BRoche@loyola.edu) is director of environmental and Sustainability Studies at Loyola University Maryland. Together, they are co-leads of Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners.
Tree Planting - 1 October 2017
ILR 55+ Returns to COTT
Transfiguration will again host a ILR55+ course (Independent Learning in Retirement 55 and over) in the spring of 2022!! The History of Potomac Navigation and the C&O Canal will be taught by Dr. Karen Gray of Shepherd University. The four sessions will be held in Memorial Hall from March 18 to April 8, on Friday mornings 10-12:30. To register, please go to https://ilratfcc.com/2022springclasses/ then scroll down and click the link History and Cultures, scroll down to “History of Potomac Navigation.” Tuition $40, Fee $99 Total: $139. MD residents 60+ pay fee only.
Transfiguration Feast Day 2019
Sunday, August 4th, we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration, our parish feast day!! It recalls the moment, described in three of the four Gospels, when Jesus appears to his disciples in transfigured glory, on the mountaintop (by tradition, Mt. Tabor in present day Israel). Joined by Moses and Elijah, who affirm Jesus as the long awaited Messiah and Christ, the apostles experience the splendor of the Lord and receive a foretaste of his Resurrection.
Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (GreenGrace)
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
6909 Maryland Avenue
Braddock Heights, MD 21714
Following the 10:15 AM service, we had a tree planting near the front of Memorial Hall, introduced by a rite of dedication and blessing. The planting of a Red Bud tree was part of a grant awarded to the Delaware-Maryland Lutheran Synod, and shared with our Diocese through the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The Synod's goal was to plant five hundred trees in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Many thanks to Dr. Bernadette Roche for her coordination of this event, and her valuable work as a member of the Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (GreenGrace).