Monday, January 20, 2014

National Cathedral goes off the deep end
Yoga sessions in the nave are now all the rave

By Robert Knight
January 17, 2014

The Episcopal Church-run National Cathedral in Northwest Washington, D.C., has hosted many events in its storied history, from Martin Luther King's final Sunday sermon before his assassination, to U.S. presidents' state funerals.

Last week, it was the site of "Seeing Deeper," a five-day exploration of "expansiveness, immediacy and insight." Before we get into that, here's a brief history. In 1791, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who laid out the capital city, included space for a "a great church for national purposes." The original site now houses the National Portrait Gallery.

A century later, on Jan. 6, 1893, Congress granted a charter signed by President Benjamin Harrison for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia. The foundation stone was laid on Sept. 29, 1907, during a ceremony attended by President Theodore Roosevelt, and it took 83 years to complete the world's sixth-largest cathedral.

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