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  • Synod Assembly: Be there – virtually

    Name tags are printed, chairs are arranged, workshops are planned... we're good to go! While Voting Members and Visitors get in on the action, we also invite everybody to take part in the 2017 Metro D.C. Synod - our annual gathering - through social media and blog posts. As events unfold, read about it through the eyes of our guest blogger in the "From the Floor" blog. View posts here or sign up to receive them in your email inbox using sign-up on this metrodcelca.org home page. Look at what the synod posts to Facebook and Twitter, and search on #dcsynodA17 to also see what others are saying on social media. Together we are "Freed in Christ, bound in

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  • Making new and active connections

    Introduced by heartfelt and inspiring voices captured on video and captioned in Spanish, the New Connections Campaign was officially launched at the 2017 Synod Assembly. The communities and people our synod serves are among the most diverse areas in the country. Our effort to renew our congregations, to establish new connections, in the midst of such diversity must be equal in strategy. The opportunities to live out our faith, to be God’s hands and feet in our communities are significant. Learn more on the new website: www.newconnectionsmetrodc.com.

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  • No stained glass ceiling

    "Historically, women of the Lutheran church focused their efforts on Bible study and mission work, but now [Women of the ELCA] has a broader mission. We are working to change human trafficking laws. We have conducted workshops on anti-racism. We have provided solar power to Phoebe Hospital. We have sewed over 500,000 quilts for distribution by Lutheran World Relief. And we raised over $1 million for Katie's Fund, an endowment to help educate women. In short, we have cracked the stained glass ceiling." These themes were discussed by Patti Austin, churchwide president of WELCA, in her presentation to the Metro DC Synodical Women's Organization (SWO) Spring Convention on May 6, 2017. Read more from "All Anew - The Women of the ELCA" and other

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  • A Pentecost prayer

    We joined in prayer for the 75 Lutheran churches in the Metro D.C. Synod, including our individual congregations, on Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017. Send your Holy Spirit to every one of our congregations and every one of our members so that we may make new connections with thousands of new people across our communities. Open our hearts to meet new people, and inspire our church to be the kind of community where people will come to experience the love of your Son, Jesus

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  • Call to fast on 21st monthly

    Which are the hungriest days of the month? The 21st forward. Because 90% of SNAP benefits run out then for the most vulnerable families in the U.S. So on the 21st monthly while the 115th Congress is active, participate in an ecumenical fast - from food, from a habit or other means. Engage our hearts, bodies and communities together to combat poverty as elected government officials consider deep cuts to vital anti-poverty programs in the federal budget. This initiative has been introduced by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, along with the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. We fast to fortify our advocacy in solidarity with families who are struggling with hunger. We fast to be in

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