November 3, 2016
Sundays at 9:15 am in the Library!
Religious institutions have a powerful role to play in their communities, addressing pressing issues from poverty and injustice to planning and traffic. Throughout history sacred spaces have also served an important function as public spaces, essential to the overall life of the community. Sacred places have much to teach us about the profound ways that people connect with and gather in public, and ultimately how communities can collectively share experiences and emotions.
Local & National – A study on place
Oct. 9th– What is the importance of place? What is the connection between the church and it’s neighborhood? How can the church be a place making and community making institution? We will be engaging a multi-week bible study on place and hospitality. We will have guests from Norwood Cooperative & their new childcare cooperative.
Oct. 16th– What is the importance of place? How are churches across the city engaging their neighbors, creating community, and building power to effect change? We will have a guest from the Washington Interfaith Network lead us in bible study and share with us about current campaigns.
Global – Discussion of Immigration & UN Goals
Oct. 23rd– Immigration – see if we can get a lawyer who works in immigration to come talk about challenges facing undocumented DC residents and the possibility for immigration reform.
Oct. 30th– Sessions on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It would introduce the new social and environmental goals agreed upon in September 2015. The sessions would show how the new goals build on previous goals and suggests that the goals are a spiritual calling.
Nov. 13th and Nov. 20th– Sessions develop the notion of spiritual calling more fully, and show how a congregation might choose, and begin to take action toward, helping implement one or more of the goals.
Three Week Session in Advent on Grief with Nancy White
Nov. 27th Grief Session 1
Dec. 11th Grief Session 2
Dec. 18th Grief Session 3
Dec. 25th OFF FOR CHRISTMAS
August 22, 2016
N Street Village has declared October to be the month of the She-ro! A She-ro is any man or woman who stands up for women’s rights. During this month, NSV’s goal is to raise $50,000 toward the operation of Bethany Women’s Center for six months. Luther Place has taken on the challenge of funding one of those six months, or $8,333. A few members have committed matching money toward your donations. You can donate by marking envelopes in your pews as “N Street Village She-ro Campaign.” LP members of the NSV Board will be present in the All Saints Room area after the 10:30 am service on every Sunday in October to assist with online donations. Donate online here.
June 28, 2016
From Wednesday, July 6–Friday, July 29 we will host 40 kids from our neighborhood for ArtSmart Summer Camp at Luther Place. We are in need of donations to support the camp — see flyer here. If you’d like to make a monetary donation towards any of these items, please make your check out to Luther Place Church for ArtSmart Camp. Questions? Contact Bianca.
May 25, 2016
For Adult Spiritual Formation at 9:15 am in the Library, we will start a series of discussions on Welcoming the Stranger during the month of June. Wendy Mayer will facilitate conversation and share her research. She sets the context for conversation with the following prompts.
June 12 Why do we fear the stranger?: As Christians we are challenged to love our neighbor. In the media we constantly hear that refugees, immigrants, Muslims are a threat. We see that in Europe people feel especially threatened when strangers are encountered in large numbers. It is a rare individual who can live God’s grace and love strangers under all conditions unconditionally. In our day-to-day lives some of us want to be that kind of person, but secretly we are afraid and our actions perpetuate the divide. In this session we will unpack why, when strangers come into our community, our reason and our instincts don’t always coincide.
June 19 Overcoming fear of the stranger: How is it that the apostle Paul could suddenly flip from a zealous persecutor of other Jews to the ultimate embracer of the (gentile) stranger? Can we experience the same conversion today? In this session we will unpack how entrenched fear and hostility can be flipped into compassion. We will discuss the powerful effect of empathy, and workshop ideas for how at Luther Place together and individually we can implement strategies that enable us to overcome our fear of the stranger and live out the radical call to love our neighbor.
April 28, 2016
Looking to grow spiritually and build relationships in the Luther Place community? Join a small group starting in May!
DC small group #1 will focus on Spirituality and the 12 Steps, with more information here.
DC small group #2 will focus on the Study & Practice of Contemplative Prayer on Tuesday evenings. For more information, contact Pastor Karen.
A NoVa small group will focus on Spirituality with Joan Chittister and Nadia Bolz-Weber (and you!) — more information here.
A MD small group focusing on the Jesuit practice of the “Daily Examen” will be hosted in Nancy White’s home — see more information here.