Sunday, March 2, 2008
Foundry United Methodist Church
Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th Street NW) is located about a mile north of the White House and is a vibrant part of community worship in the DuPont Circle neighborhood. Foundry UMC has been around for nearly 200 years in various locations, beginning in Georgetown and then later moving to 14th and G Streets. The name derives from a donation made by Methodist member and businessman Henry Foxall who "donated land and a building after his Georgetown iron foundry survived the British attack on Washington during the War of 1812."
The church has hosted Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Bill Clinton--all of whom were regular attendees. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill* of Great Britain attended a special service at Foundry UMC on December 25, 1941, not long after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The church is actively engaged in humanitarian causes, mission service, social justice, and is a participant along with 200 other United Methodist Churches as part of the Reconciling Congregation Movement.
* An article by conservative pundit George Will about Churchill's Christmas visit (found via Google search for information on Henry Foxall.)
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08