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  • May love and justice prevail

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    The #dcsynod's Racial Equity Team shared this message with our community (9/22): We lament the deaths of #TerrenceCrutcher and #KeithLamontScott. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. We pray for these African American men, their families and all involved. We hope in the promise that light eternal shines upon #TerrenceCrutcher and #KeithLamontScott. May love and justice

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  • On the anniversary of 9/11

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    “Fifteen years... after the attacks of September 11, 2001, still our hearts cry out with the psalmist, 'Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love.' Heal the wounds that persist and those which are reopened on this day of remembrance and with each new terrorist attack at home or abroad. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.” These words are meaningful here as well as in the ELCA Metro New York Synod, where they are attributed to Pr. Jonathan Linman in a message fom that synod's Bishop Robert A. Rimbo. "We have much for which we need to pray and act." Bishop Rimbo says. Read the his pastoral letter at mnys.org. Photo from post to FB/mnyselca. Also available is a statement from the ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton at

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  • #ELCAvotes initiative continues

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    The #ELCAvotes movement is helping our community engage through conversation, prayer and action this election season. ELCA Advocacy suggests several #ELCAvotes tools: a Bible Study on “Voting Rights Today,” a “Civic Participation and Voter Education Guide,” and social media connection with the hashtag #ELCAvotes. Also leading the #ELCAvotes effort are ELCA Racial Justice Ministries and ELCA Young Adult Ministry. ELCAvotes is an initiative to: Expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation by providing faith based resources around voting; Provide a framework for all Lutherans to understand and speak out about the intersection of voting/elections, racial/gender and economic

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  • Collaboration opportunity

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    Just as many congregations are part of this synodical expression of the ELCA, so do multiple synods make up regions in the ELCA. The Metro D.C. Synod is in Region 8. And those of us who strive to live out “God’s work. Our hands.” in this area have much in common with those with the same goal in neighboring region synods. Are you interested in meeting others from your region and synod who are passionate about bearing witness to Jesus Christ in word and deed, ending hunger, responding to disasters, global engagement, communicating and sharing the story of the ELCA? An “ELCA Networks for Mission Event: Region 8” gathering is taking place on October 6-8, 2016 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Through large group sessions, skill workshops

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  • Getting downtown these days

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    Have you heard of "Safetrack?" Activity on local Metrorail lines impacts everyone traveling in the metro D.C. area. Safetrack is a plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system. If you're planning on visiting the synod office, which is located conveniently beside the Judiciary Square Metro stop. you will want to review Safetrack status. A schedule and link on our "Contact/Visit Us" page will tell you

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