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Synod Assembly: Scholarships Available for 50% of Registration Cost

We have all learned over the past few years how important it is to gather together whenever we can. The Synod Assembly will be our first opportunity to do so for several years and we would like to have as...

Synod Assembly: Submit Resolutions & Memorials by April 10

The synod assembly provides an opportunity for voting members to present Resolutions or Memorials for consideration. Resolutions adopted by the synod assembly will be acted upon locally or passed to the appropriate units of the ELCA for action. Memorials adopted...

Prayer for the Sierra Pacific Synod

From the Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team (RET) A prayer from Rev. Franklin Morales (RET Co-chair) on behalf of the RET Lord God, we feel vexed, misunderstood, broken, marginalized, and we mourn alongside your loved ones in the Sierra Pacific Synod.We often...

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Synod Constitution and Bylaws

Pursuant to S18.13.b. of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, notice is hereby given that the Synod Council has approved a series of proposed amendments to these governing provisions. ...

Commemorations List: Lamentations, Celebrations & Education

The Commemorations List that follows is offered as a resource in our ongoing work as a Church and as a nation. The Racial Equity team of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod has developed this list as an invitation into the...

2021 Christmas Message from Bishop Ortiz

Jesus is the reason we can endure. Jesus is the reason we can rejoice. Jesus is the reason we can restore and reform. Jesus is the reason that we live and breathe knowing that we are not alone this season!

Complete Racial Justice Survey by December 31

In order to better connect with the work congregations in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod are doing towards racial justice and equity, the Synod is asking each congregation to share where they are at in their current efforts. In the...

Submit 2020 Forms A & C by December 20!

The ELCA has recently reopened their submissions system for 2020 Forms A & C. If you have not already submitted your 2020 forms, please do so before Monday, December 20 when the system will be closed again. If you have...

Bishop’s Epiphany Luncheon for Rostered Ministers

All rostered ministers are invited to Emmanuel Lutheran in Vienna, VA for a potluck luncheon with Bishop Leila in celebration of Epiphany! There will be plenty of time for fellowship and sharing of holiday stories, as well as a discussion...

Advent Lutheran Wins Human Rights Award!

James B. Hunter Human Rights Awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the area of human rights and diversity made in Arlington County by an individual, a community group, a non-profit organization, or a business establishment.  And this...

Synod Assembly 2022

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We are excited to announce the 2022 Synod Assembly is being held in-person on June 10 – 11, 2022! We will gather at the College Park Marriott for a time to explore what it means to be Rooted in Jesus and to what we are being called to as congregations of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.