Marking Veterans Day in our faith communities

Marking Veterans Day in our faith communities by the Rev. Mark W. Olsen Our 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution entitled “Gratitude and Support for Military Service Members and Veterans.” Combined with similar resolutions from other synods, that resolution was forwarded for consideration of Read More →

I was a stranger

A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP I was a stranger and you welcomed me …. (Matthew 25:35) Today there are more than 60 million displaced people in the world, more than at any time since World War II. Read More →

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 →