Clergy bless same-sex couples

On the first day of spring, after a long, snowy winter, about 40 people gathered outside the Loudoun County Courthouse at noon Thursday to witness local members of the clergy giving their blessings to couples in committed same-sex relationships.

Washington Post, March 22, 2014

Cookouts for historic building restoration


It was about noon on a sultry Saturday in July, and the aroma of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs wafted down a small side street in downtown Leesburg. Although the temperature was already in the 90s, friends had gathered under the hot sun in front of a plain white stucco building on Liberty Street for their weekly cookout.

Most of the friends were associated with Masonic organizations — the Prince Hall Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star — and they had come for more than food and fellowship. On Saturdays for the past three years, the group has organized cookouts to raise money for the preservation and restoration of their Masonic hall, a building whose rich history is belied by its modest appearance.

August 19, 2013

Presbytery sells Meadowkirk


Meadowkirk, a 358-acre conference and retreat center near Middleburg, has been sold, according to officials of the National Capital Presbytery, the property’s previous owner. Loudoun County land records confirm that the property was sold July 15 to Delta Farm LLC for about $11.6 million.

Washington Post, July 28, 2013