Big look at Small Catechism

1610smallcatechism A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP Several years ago my husband’s bishop tried initiating a diocese-wide call to the catechumenate to engage those preparing for confirmation in a period of study and formation. We call it confirmation class Read More →

Church intern without a tabbed collar

No, it's not some strange initiation ritual. It's intern Jamie Donahue (top right) having fun with the staff of Bethel Lutheran. A chat about summer plans between Roanoke College student Jamie Donahue and the Rev. Jeff Wilson of her home congregation, Bethel Lutheran Church in Manassas, Virginia, shaped into a creative and mutually beneficial arrangement. “Trust me… we won’t be asking Read More →

ELCA resource and local expert guide criminal justice study

Members of Hope Lutheran delve into cries in the criminal justice system. Contributed by the Rev. Carmelo Santos “We have put a lot of people in prison who need other services and not cages,” said an instructor of a study series for adults at Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale, Virginia. “There is Read More →

How will people know?

We are all the ELCA. The work belongs to all of us. Let’s get busy! A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOPA MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP On Wednesday, Aug. 10, the voting members of the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly received the document “Declaration on the Way.” More than 99 percent of Read More →

Active local woman becomes YAGM

1609carleyagm Service is not new to Rachel Carle. She used her voice to highlight a youth perspective on the Metro D.C. Synod Council (2010-2012), and now she’s taken an opportunity to grow in faith and work hand-in-hand with brothers and sisters Read More →

8G is more than digits

Voting Members from our synod take part in the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Sketch the embodiment of the ELCA at the recent ELCA Churchwide Assembly (CWA), and you’ll see several members of the Metro D.C. Synod (designated “8G” in the region) in the faithful crowd. We give thanks for our Voting Members who Read More →