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#IAmLutherPlace: Dick Rortvedt

How long have you been a member of Luther Place?
I have been at Luther Place for 35 years. My wife Sylvia and I joined the day our daughter Helen was baptized. Sylvia is now a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on K Street. Helen lives in Burlington, VT. Our son Victor, his wife Marissa and grandson Axel (2) live on Capitol Hill.

How have you shared your time and talents with the Luther Place community?
Over the years, I have served as Assisting Minister, Congregation Council member (three times) on the Outreach and Benevolence, Women’s Shelter, Renovation and Capital Campaign Committees, as a night shelter overnight volunteer, on LVC’s National Steering Committee and Board, and as a Stephen Minister. Currently, I serve on the Steinbruck Center Steering Committee and Building Vision 2017 task force and am active with the language exchange, men’s breakfast group and the group incubating a new cleaning cooperative.

What is your favorite memory from volunteering/serving at Luther Place?
As a night shelter volunteer, I was sometimes called upon to wash a woman’s feet who was unable to do it herself. This act of close human connection through direct service has made the Maundy Thursday washing of the feet ritual much more alive and meaningful to me. It was always a privilege and joy to participate in distributing Communion while serving on the Council and as Assistant Minister.


To learn more about how you can use your talent, time, and treasures contact the Engagement Team or the Stewardship Team.

Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, Communion Assistants, the Membership Team, the Community Care Team, the Celebration Team, Small Groups, and more!  Learn about these opportunities on the Engage page.

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