499th anniversary of Reformation

Red leaves shimmered outside in seeming reflection of red clothing and liturgical-red stoles inside when members and friends of the ELCA Metro D.C. Synod congregated with visitors to the Washington National Cathedral for the annual synod-hosted Reformation Worship Service. The Read More →

Big look at Small Catechism

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

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

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?

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

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 →