By the inspiration of the

Holy Spirit

We are called to cultivate a bold and boundless love for Jesus and God’s beloved creation.

Called to Be
Church Together

In 2019, Rev. Leila M. Ortiz was elected to serve as Bishop of the Metro D.C. Synod. Through discernment of the how and where the Holy Spirit is calling this synod, the Synod staff and Council worked together to develop a new mission statement and priorities for the work we are called to do together.

Bishop Ortiz also describes how congregations and leaders can live out this mission and be Church together.

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Upcoming Ministry

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Civic Life & Faith Hearings
June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5101 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20011 United States
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Metro D.C. Synod Block Party
August 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4090 Sudley Rd
Haymarket, VA 20169 United States
August
Civic Life & Faith Hearings
August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
7410 New Hampshire Ave
Takoma Park, MD
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Stewardship for Today & Stewardship for Tomorrow
August 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
401 Smallwood Drive
Saint Charles, MD 20602 United States
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2024 Synod Assembly

Come ready to learn all the ways the Holy Spirit has empowered congregations, rostered ministers and lay leaders to live out the Gospel!

View the agenda, ministry reports, and other important business of the synod at the link below!

Resources for

Congregations in Transition

For congregations and communities of faith, transitions are fertile ground for God’s transformational work. This holy work may present challenges but also great opportunities for congregations to re-envision how they bring about God’s kingdom here on earth and the resources they need to live out their mission.

Resources for

Congregations in Transition

For congregations and communities of faith, transitions are fertile ground for God’s transformational work. This holy work may present challenges but also great opportunities for congregations to re-envision how they bring about God’s kingdom here on earth and the resources they need to live out their mission.

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Racial Equity Resources

As leaders and congregations, we are called to cultivate a boundless love for all of God’s beloved creation. The Racial Equity team works to provide resources, reading materials, videos and toolkits to equip you to have the necessary conversations about race, injustice and inequality.

Since the adoption of the synod's missions statement in 2019, much in the world and ministry has changed.

The new synod podcast is for the curious and for those seeking honest conversations about life and ministry.

It is also for those who are fully aware that we are living in a time that demands our attention and our intentionality.

Documents & Forms

It is that time of year to submit your rostered minister or congregation’s annual paperwork to the ELCA and the Synod office.

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I am eager to work with you to be the church God is calling us to be. We have amazing opportunities not just to do more, but to BE MORE; not just to do church, but to BE CHURCH.

- Bishop Leila M. Ortiz