History

Churches that Plant Churches

The Church of the Resurrection started in 2003 with a vision for establishing healthy, neighborhood-oriented churches throughout Washington, DC. At that time, Dan & Elise Claire began hosting “Taste & See” parties every month in their home in NW DC, inviting people to share in this vision. On Ash Wednesday, 2004, the Church of the Resurrection began meeting regularly at Christ our Shepherd Church on Capitol Hill. The church has been meeting there ever since on Sundays at 5 pm.

In 2007 we commissioned a team from our parish living in Northwest DC to start a new congregation in Columbia Heights. Since then we have been involved in helping to catalyze the birth and development of eight more churches within the region and in other global cities. We actively partner with other networks and churches to see vibrant congregations growing wherever there is need.

Rooted in Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Washington is a deeply divided city, whether in terms of race, resources or partisanship. It’s also a deeply religious city, as the gods of power, comfort, knowledge, influence and wealth demand sacrificial worship. We believe the amazing grace of Jesus Christ frees us from the burdens imposed by these false gods, and brings unity in place of division.

The Church of the Resurrection started as a mission of the Anglican Province of RwandaIn the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when in 100 days ethnic violence slaughtered one-tenth of the population (roughly one million people), Christians worked throughout the country to bring perpetrators and victims to reconciliation, both with God and with one another. Reconciliation is central to the Christian story: God loved the world so much that he gave his son, Jesus, so that we might be reconciled to him and to one another. In the tradition of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, we proclaim this same Christian message of forgiveness and reconciliation on Capitol Hill.