Memorial Plaques


A Pastoral Letter from the Rector

October 31, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you have undoubtedly seen, the vestry's decision to relocate the marble memorial plaques to a new location outside of our nave has drawn media attention, some of it positive and some of it negative. It has also drawn the attention of some politicians who have chosen to use our community's decision as a platform for their political statements.

While we cannot control the misuse of our public information, we can, as a community continue to be strong in our belief that Jesus Christ is Lord, that there the power of love resides in our community of faith, and that every human being is a child of God.

I said on Sunday that we are in a season of change, and change brings challenge and opportunity. God has been calling us into seasons of change for 244 years and, as we continue to be a vibrant, Christ-centered community, God will continue to call us into these seasons. Change can be difficult. Jesus never promised us an easy road but he did promise that he would accompany us on our journey. Given the faith of the people of this parish, the power of our mission, and the steadfastness of our affection for one another, I have no doubt that Jesus is walking this road with us.

We are a community that celebrates joyfully with one another in love and fellowship. This will not change. We are a community that kneels together every week, every month, every year, as we have for more than two centuries. We pray for forgiveness, we pray for healing, we pray for courage and strength. This will not change. We come to the altar to take the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ into ourselves and take ourselves out to love and serve the Lord. This will not change. We are a people proud of our history and we are people excited by our future. This will not change.

We are Christ Church, committed to embodying God's unbounded love by embracing, liberating, and empowering people, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith.


The Rev. Dr. Noelle York-Simmons



A Statement from the Rev. Dr. Noelle York-Simmons, Rector of Christ Church, given to the Press on Tuesday, October 31 may be found here

A statement from the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia may be found here.

A statement from Emily Bryan, Senior Warden of Christ Church, given at Sunday Services on Sunday, October 29 may be found here.