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  • Questioning times

    Noting that in suffering, as we have been in recent months, it's normal to ask: "Oh God, where are you?" the ELCA presiding bishop recollects the Biblical story of the road to Emmaus. In this teaching we find strength to "talk and listen to one another... the resurrected Christ is walking with us." Watch her 2-minute reflection on this moment in time here or on

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  • Hurricane relief splits a pain

    Bienaventurado el que sabe que compartir un dolor es dividirlo y compartir una alegría es multiplicarla. // Blessed is he who knows that sharing a pain is to split it and sharing a joy is to multiply it. The devastation of life-altering hurricane damage prompted the ELCA Caribbean Synod to share that message (9/17/17), and led the bishop of the ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod to write with gratitude of his community’s experience: “The #1 question we hear: ‘How can I help?’ As followers of Jesus, we seek to love our neighbor and serve those in need” (8/29/17). Consider making a donation through Lutheran Disaster Response. Financial assistance allows for obtaining needed supplies and supporting the local economy where

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  • Musical celebration at Basilica

    "It is a privilege for the Lutheran presenting partners in this venture to share Holy Spirit Mass with our friends of all faiths - and no faith at all. We thank the Catholic community at the National Shrine for welcoming us, and we welcome all to an evening of music that celebrates our shared joy in faith,” says Bishop Graham of a musical treat on Sunday night, Oct. 22. The 64-member National Lutheran Choir (NLC) will premiere a commission piece at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Register for your free ticket. In addition to the ELCA Metro D.C. Synod, partners with NLC in this ecumenical endeavor include Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Southeastern District; Lutheran Social Services of the National

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  • Reformation Sunday Worship Service

    There's room for busses! Please join us at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2017, for the annual Reformation Sunday Worship Service - this year uniquely commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton will participate in the worship service, as will the Roanoke College Choir. A livestream in both Spanish and English is anticipated, but don't miss the chance to be there in person. Worship begins at 4 p.m., but get there early to absorb the sights and sounds. Invite a friend, invite your congregation - and let's join voices in praise of the gifts of God's grace. RSVP by Oct. 22 to help us plan (appreciated, not required) and get full details under "Events"

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  • Commemoration examines yesterday & today

    There’s a confetti emoji on many calendars this Oct. 31st, because the day marks 500 years since in 1517 Martin Luther posted 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, spreading ideas and events known as the Reformation. On Oct. 31, 2017, take part in a commemoration event at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in person (tickets required) or via livestream. Bishop Richard H. Graham of our synod will join the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, the Rev. Bill Gafkjen, Indiana-Kentucky Synod bishop, and Bill Horne, ELCA vice president, with other guests to explore “Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500.” Hear ecumenical & inter-religious partners discuss learnings from our

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