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Tuesday mornings during Lent

As many of us enhance our discipleship practices during Lent, the synod staff invites you to join us for devotions before our staff meetings on Tuesday mornings from 9:05-9:20 a.m. Lent extends from March 1 through April 13 this year. Read More →

“It’s not what we do”

“It’s not what we do” A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP At the end of the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John, many disciples who had been following Jesus left him. Looking at the 12, Jesus asked, “Will you also go Read More →

How many loaves for 500 sandwiches?

Here’s a creative way to celebrate that in 2017 we’re marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! But planning  may take some math… by Alan Van Nostrand* A goal of 500 sandwiches to highlight the 500-year celebration of the Reformation Read More →

Life-changing outdoor camp experiences

by Sarah Lefler and Reuben Todd* Thousands of people each year at Caroline Furnace and Mar-Lu-Ridge are touched by the important camping and retreat opportunities they offer. We encourage you to participate in “I Love Camp” Month** during February to Read More →

Immigrant roots familiar to Lutherans

“I’m grateful for the chance to be here to speak in favor of a country that supports refugees and immigrants,” said the Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop, ELCA Metro D.C. Synod, at a Jan. 25, 2017 press conference sharing an Read More →

Human trafficking lifeline

“It’s hard to imagine this horrific crime happening in our own backyards, but the truth is Virginia had the ninth-highest number of reported human trafficking cases nationwide in 2015,” wrote Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. 1  Human trafficking victims Read More →