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Social Justice

We believe that Luther Place has been put at the heart of the city to welcome the stranger, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked and to call for conversion and reformation of the systems that impoverish people.

The Steinbruck Center at Luther Place is the service and interfaith ministry of Luther Place Church. We believe justice work in a congregation should provide opportunities for service and reflection, critical analysis, relationship building and spiritual transformation. We host approximately 50 service immersion trips annually and offer regular service and educational opportunities for the congregation.

Our current congregational justice ministries include:

  • The Community Craft Collective is an arts collaborative of women from N Street Village, Logan Circle residents, and members of Luther Place Memorial Church. The collective creates an outlet for creativity, healing, relationship building, and income generation for people experiencing economic hardship and homelessness.
  • ArtSmart Summer Camp is a community-based summer camp for children in our neighborhood that otherwise do not have access to summer enrichment programs. ArtSmart grew out of a community listening campaign in the Logan Circle neighborhood. Our camp focuses on the arts as a way to build community, inspire learning, and encourage big dreams.
  • Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) is a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith, strictly non-partisan, District-wide citizens’ power organization, rooted in local congregations and associations. Luther Place proudly organizes with WIN for structural change in Washington, DC.

Over the past 40 years, Luther Place has founded and supported movements and ministries that meet the needs of the marginalized in society.

  • N Street Village was founded by Luther Place and now has grown into a vibrant non-profit that empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
  • Lutheran Volunteer Corps was founded by Luther Place and now has grown into a non-profit that has more than 100 volunteers serving social justice agencies in 12 cities across the country. LVC volunteers build community, work for peace with justice, and live simply and sustainably.
  • Global Missions: Rwanda is an evolving ministry at Luther Place where we have partnered with the Lutheran Church in Rwanda to accompany and support ministries, specifically with the leadership of Pastor John Rutsidintwarane, General Secretary of the Lutheran Church of Rwanda.
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