Brief: October 13 to 19

Falls Church to host gay Bishop Robinson

The Falls Church Episcopal Church in downtown Falls Church announced a forum this week called “Love, Despite; A Conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson,” Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the historic church at S. Washington and E. Fairfax streets. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are highly recommended.
Bishop Robinson will also preach the following day, Sunday, October 30, at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services at the Falls Church. The public is also invited to attend worship.
Elected and ordained a bishop in 2003, The Reverend Gene Robinson, a retired bishop of New Hampshire, was the first openly LGBTQ partner bishop in the Episcopal Church as well as the Anglican Communion.
His election and subsequent approval by a necessary majority of diocesan authorities within the Episcopal Church sent shockwaves through the Anglican Communion and sparked a movement from some parishioners, including at The Falls Church, to disaffiliate from the Episcopal Church over issues of sexuality.
From his ordination, during which he wore a bulletproof vest to protect himself from assassination threats from theological conservatives, Robinson served as a symbol of progressive Christianity and the broader inclusion of people of LGBTQ faith within of the Episcopal Church. After retiring from the episcopate in 2013, Robinson served as a senior scholar at the Center for American Progress and vice president and senior pastor at the Chautauqua Institution.
In 2006, a majority of The Falls Church congregation voted to leave the Episcopal Church in response to Robinson’s ordination, beginning a legal battle with the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church that ended in 2014. , when the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case. , thus allowing an earlier Virginia court decision to stand in favor of the Diocese of Virginia.
Fewer than forty Episcopalians, who had been invited to worship at the nearby FC Presbyterian Church, returned to the church’s Falls campus, and the congregation grew exponentially in the years that followed after the launch. of a mission of radical welcome and ministry to the margins.
In 2021, The Falls Church called the first gay, married rector in its nearly three hundred year history and identified ministry to and with LGBTQ worshipers as one of the parish values.

Rt. 7 bus rapid transit maps shown here

Route 7 is Northern Virginia’s second-busiest corridor, and ridership has remained strong during the Covid-19 pandemic due to essential workers relying on the service. The long-awaited Northern Virginia Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan would improve the quality of public transit across the 14-mile corridor, connect major employment centers, connect a subway station and BRT service, serve more 7,500 transit-dependent riders each week and increase pedestrian transit access.
The first of an ambitious plan to spread information about this project and the benefits of BRT was held at Meridian High School on Tuesday, with Falls Church City Council Member David Snyder and Deputy City Manager Cindy Mester.
Mester and Snyder told News-Press that the major problem with the plan involves bottlenecks and relatively narrow turning lanes, including some along Route 7 in Falls Church, and ongoing delays in the together.

Beyer to counter GOP Medicare and Social Security cuts

U.S. Representative Don Beyer of Falls Church, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, issued the following statement after House Republicans made clear their intention to leverage future debt limit negotiations to impose cuts in health insurance and social security.
“As Democrats pass legislation aimed at cutting household costs, expanding access to health insurance and spurring job growth, Republicans have made clear their intention to scrap Social Security and health insurance.
“House Republicans have announced plans to hijack the debt limit to cut vital programs in a political game that would be economically disastrous for seniors, families and our entire community. economy. The past tightrope policy on debt limits resulted in the first-ever US credit rating downgrade and cost the country billions of dollars in lost economic activity, even though a default has ultimately avoided. The announcement comes after a previous proposal by the head of the Senate Republicans campaign committee to end Social Security, Medicare and Veterans Affairs benefits in five years.
“Republicans are lining up again to raise costs for low- and middle-income workers and families while handing out freebies to the wealthiest interests and businesses. Not only are these measures economically disastrous – leading to fewer jobs, slower economic growth and higher costs for households – but they are morally wrong.

Jerry B. Hatch