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Richard M. Weinberg
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Richard M. Weinberg is winding down a nearly eight-year tenure at Washington National Cathedral with plans to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University full time in the fall of 2014. Appointed to serve as associate director of programs at the Cathedral in March 2014, Weinberg most recently served as director of communications there, overseeing the day-to-day management of the Cathedral’s communications, marketing, media relations, website, and serving as primary editor of Cathedral Age magazine. At the Cathedral, Weinberg has worked on high-profile projects including the events to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the communications surrounding the 2011 earthquake. In both cases, Weinberg has served as spokesperson for the Cathedral, having been called upon for interviews with local and national media outlets.

In his new role, Weinberg continues to work closely with Cathedral Dean Gary Hall on the Cathedral’s many programmatic priorities. In particular, he leads the Cathedral’s outreach with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. An active member of the Cathedral Congregation, Weinberg participates in a variety of lay ministries including serving as a Communion minister, reader, cantor at Choral Evensong, and as co-chair of the LGBT ministry group.

Prior to the Cathedral, Weinberg worked briefly on the capital campaign at Arena Stage and for the Washington Performing Arts Society prior to that. He earned an M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University in 2006 and has taught public relations and marketing for the arts as an adjunct faculty member there. A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., Weinberg’s background is in vocal performance. He sings regularly with the Washington National Opera Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW), GMCW’s small a cappella ensemble Potomac Fever, and with the Washington National Cathedral Choir.

Entries by Richard M. Weinberg

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:47 PM


Juan Carlos was born in El Salvador in September 1979 just before the horrific civil war broke out that killed thousands of innocent lives and displaced countless more. By age three his mother, forced to flee the violence plaguing her rural town, made...

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As a Future Seminarian Headed to Georgia, I'm Scared About the 'Guns Everywhere' Law

(57) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:00 PM

I'm both excited and scared to be headed to Atlanta in August to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Excited because moving anywhere from Washington, D.C. -- and the Northeast in general, where I've lived my entire life -- is a welcome change. But, I also have not...

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God Loves You as You Are: A Message for All Gay and Transgender Latinos From an American Missionary in Costa Rica

(10) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:06 PM

"We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are. They are sin. Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin."

Thus preached the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, in an October 2013 sermon. The...

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Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 8:24 PM

Fifteen years ago this October, Matthew Wayne Shepard was abducted, tied to a split-rail fence, and left to die in a remote area of Wyoming. He was only 21 years old. Those of us in the gay community who remember the death of Matthew Shepard vividly even now might imagine...

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A Gay Episcopalian Goes on a Catholic Spiritual Retreat

(42) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 8:56 PM


This is my official statement of reconciliation with the Catholic Church. OK, not really, but it is my account of an experience worth sharing, one in which this gay former Catholic, now a gay Episcopalian, spent a week on silent retreat at...

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Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:58 AM


June 26, 2013, was an unforgettable and historic day for this 32-year-old gay man. Because I wasn't alive during the civil rights movement, the Supreme Court's decisions striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively re-legalizing...

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