Synod Women's Organization

A Faith Community for Women of the ELCA

The Metro D.C. Synod Women's Organization (SWO) is a community of women created in the image of God, called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

You are invited to participate in this ministry as we:

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    Commit ourselves to grow in faith

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    Affirm our gifts

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    Support one another in our callings

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    Engage in ministry and action

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    Promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

We elect our WELCA officers and board members at our annual Spring Convention that is held at various churches within the synod or online.

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For information on joining this ministry, contact Laura Stall, President of SWO, at


Endowed Scholarship at Roanoke

We established an endowed scholarship fund at Roanoke College in Roanoke, VA, the second oldest Lutheran college in the US. This scholarship provides awards to Lutheran students in need who are members of the Metro D.C. Synod or of a companion synod, with the first preference be given to female applicants who are pursuing a call to vocational ministry.

We also choose other projects each year to support financially and sometimes with in-kind gifts, such as local Lutheran Campus Ministries, local Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, local food banks, and other local youth non-profit organizations.