At National UMC, we are . . .
Passionate about Social Justice
During his ministry, Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry, welcomed children, forgave sinners and sought out society’s outcasts. Likewise, we engage in a variety of social justice ministries. We seek to continue his work for human wholeness by addressing the immediate needs of our local and global communities and seeking long-term sustainable solutions.
At the heart of National UMC has always been the joy of learning at all stages of life. In our learning, we seek spiritual growth, to deepen our knowledge of the Bible and traditions of the church, as well as to better understand the world around us from perspectives of faith.
We believe that Christian Education begins with affirming that we wish to:
- Know and experience God through Jesus Christ
- Claim and live God's promises
- Grow and serve as Christian disciples
Serious about Service
Yep, that's President Barack Obama & family, serving meals at our St. Luke's Mission Center. At National UMC, we are seriously engaged in helping to address hunger and homelessness issues in the Washington, D.C. community, as well as a host of other CAUSES.
We operate twO homeless shelters in OUR church buildings. WE'RE PROUD TO model an effective congregation-based approach to homeless service which engages hundreds of church and community members in direct, person-to-person ministry with their unhoused neighbors.
For the past twenty years, these two onsite shelters have provided stable, secure living environments that empower residents to move beyond homelessness towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Creative about Community
At National UMC, we take a big tent view of community-building, which means we get creative about connecting with one another. Whether that's with our college student neighbors across Nebraska Avenue at American University, or our United Methodist friends in Wards 7 and 8 with whom we partner to share resources and build bridges. One of the most valuable aspects of being involved with church life is the opportunity for otherwise unlikely intergenerational friendships to flourish! Come join us and find the right spot for yourself in this diverse, welcoming community.