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The John and Margaret Dalton PathNorth Series on Civility

  • Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

We hope you will join us on Monday, August 6 for the next iteration of The John and Margaret Dalton PathNorth Series on Civility.  

Some of you may recall two years ago that PathNorth hosted our Annual Gathering in Charleston, SC, and visited Mother Emanuel AME Church, one of the oldest black congregations south of Baltimore, as well as the site of tragedy. On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot and killed inside that church. We invited our members to sit in the church pews and listen to congregants share how they had the capacity to forgive the 21-year-old killer responsible for murdering their pastor, family members and fellow church members. It was a very moving, teachable moment for us all. 

We believe that the topic of forgiveness is so important that we will revisit it next month, in our latest iteration of The John and Margaret Dalton PathNorth Civility Series. We hope you will join us on Monday, August 6, as we engage in a conversation on the power of forgiveness with Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, at the Washington National Cathedral. 

This series always fills to capacity, so please RSVP to Gloria at if you would like to attend. Please include any dietary restrictions. We look forward to having you with us on August 6. 

Featured Speaker


The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope
Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope serves as Provost of Washington National Cathedral. As Provost, Canon Cope oversees the Cathedral’s Development Department and works closely with the Cathedral’s leadership on its strategic vision, ministry and mission. Canon Cope was first called to Washington National Cathedral as Vicar in September 2010. As Vicar, she led the development and robust growth of the Cathedral Congregation to over 1,300 members. 

Previously, Canon Cope served as Associate Rector at St. David's Church in Northwest D.C., and as a lay leader at historic St. John's Church, Lafayette Square. Prior to ordination, Canon Cope served in a variety of key positions including as Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. Upon leaving government service, she founded and served as president of the nationally recognized executive search firm, the J. Naylor Cope Company.

Canon Cope graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary, summa cum laude, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral work included a concentrated study on young adult ministry culminating in her thesis, A Budding Young Adult Ministry: Tending God's Garden at Washington National Cathedral. 

She serves as a member of the Resolutions Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and has served as a clerical deputy to the past two General Conventions of The Episcopal Church. Canon Cope delivered the keynote address to the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women at the 2015 General Convention. 

In the broader Anglican Communion, she serves as First Vice President of the Compass Rose Society, an international outreach organization supporting the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion. Canon Cope is a frequent international guest preacher and participant in churches throughout the wider Church and Anglican Communion including: St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto; St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong; St. Thomas, Cape Town; Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.

With her husband, John, she has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Greece and participated in mission trips to Honduras, the Holy Land, Turkey, Cyprus, Malawi, and South Africa.

Canon Cope has served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Theological Consortium, the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation and the Mayor's Interfaith Council. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary, and is a contributing meditation writer for The Bible Challenge, a Forward Movement publication. 

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