Within Luther Place, the Steinbruck Center accompanies members of the community on their social justice journey by providing opportunities and spaces for meaningful service and mutual transformation. This ministry continues to evolve, reform, grow, and we welcome new ideas. Email Program Director Bianca Vazquez for more information or visit the Engage section of the website to join a group or event online.
Our regular opportunities for service and learning include:
Middle and High School Youth are invited to come to the Steinbruck Center for a faith-filled service learning opportunity on the 1st Thursday of each month. The students will serve dinner for the members of the Patricia Handy Place for Women, a transitional shelter operated by N Street Village. Join us in the All Saints Room at Luther Place at 5 pm! Email the Steinbruck Center for more information.
On the first Sundays in January, April, July, and October we offer neighborhood walking tours. This is an opportunity to get to know the Logan Circle neighborhood and wrestle with the complexities of being a justice-focused congregation in a gentrifying neighborhood. Meet us at the N Street door immediately after 10:30 am Worship!
Community organizing, at its core, is about building relationships, finding common ground, and transforming our communities. WIN is currently doing listening around affordable housing, living wage work, and issues that support Muslim and immigrant communities. To engage a campaign and learn more, contact Bianca.
Picture: WMATA Action on May 7, 2017
Steinbruck Center staff provides educational resources and schedules service opportunities for any interested small group. Grab four friends and reach out to us!
The Community Craft Collective is a collaborative of artists from N Street Village, Logan Circle residents, and members of Luther Place Memorial Church. The collective creates an outlet for creativity, healing and relationship building, as well as an opportunity for income generation for people experiencing economic hardship and/or homelessness. For more information, contact Sarah.
Community volunteers can support the Community Craft Collective in a variety of ways. We are always looking for:
- Experienced crafters and craft sellers to work with members on display, pricing, inventory techniques and sales
- Mentors to work one-on-one with artists in the collective
- Spanish and English speakers to translate for meetings and sales
We are always looking for donations! Email Experiential Learning Coordinator Sarah Johnson or call 202-667-1377.
The Steinbruck Center hostel ministry arranges alternative break and immersion trips for youth, students, and adults to engage in justice work. The Center works to immerse volunteers in the Luther Place, N Street Village, and Logan Circle communities, and connect volunteers with opportunities that address the needs of Washingtonians experiencing homelessness and poverty across the city. Day-long programming is also available. To learn more, visit The Steinbruck Center.
We work with church youth groups, and groups from colleges, universities, and seminaries.
For booking or more information about any of the hostel programming opportunities email Experiential Learning Coordinator Sarah Johnson or call 202-667-1377.
See, I am doing a new thing. -Isaiah 43:19
We believe that there is no limit to the way the creativity of God can be experienced. Our living God calls us to be both innovators and stewards; join us on this journey!
The Community Choir welcomes everyone to join in leading worship on Sunday morning. We are a group of racially and generationally diverse singers, who bear witness to the expansive nature of the Gospel. You don’t need to read music, or have formal training; just a desire to praise God with the gift of your voice. We rehearse in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am; no mid-week commitment is required. Join us as you’re able.
The Ambassadors of Praise is a choir of women who live up to their name. We joyfully represent the body of Christ, both at Luther Place and in the broader community. Rehearsals are Wednesday at 2 pm at N St. Village and are open to the public.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, the 20/30s ministry has a variety of activities and resources for you. We are a great fit for people who are new to DC and church life. We are a group of progressive Christians who embrace diversity and inclusion. No church background is necessary. Please come as you are!
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Send ideas or questions to Christine Frye, Catherine Hinshaw or Colin Bradley or Engage us here. You can also find out more on our Facebook group. Better yet, look for us at our 10:30 service every Sunday.
You are warmly welcomed to gather with us for drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and meaningful conversation with other 20s/30s and one very cool pastor!
Our conversations center around themes such as social justice, relationships, and finding our callings. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at Baan Thai (second floor restaurant) at 1326 14th St NW. Bann Thai has a variety of reasonably priced drinks and delicious food for individual purchase.
Contact Christine Frye (Christine.email@example.com) with questions.
Note: Occasionally happy hours are cancelled or rescheduled due to other congregational events.
Joyful worship builds up an appetite! Meet one of our leaders in the back of the Sanctuary after 10:30 am service once a quarter to enjoy food and fellowship. We often gather at a nearby restaurant — have a great spot in mind? Send suggestions to Catherine Hinshaw.
The Holy Spirit is always moving us to engage with each other in new and exciting ways! Our group engages in one-off events and outings (museum trips, bible studies, nature walks) that help us better understand how God works in our community. For up to date information, please follow our group’s Facebook page.
Each Fall we take time for retreat at Rolling Ridge Study & Retreat Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Experience the beautiful foliage while a caring and wise facilitator guides us around a central theme. Rides to and from the retreat center are coordinated. All meals will be provided. There is a nominal cost to attend, though cost should not prevent anyone from attending.
At Luther Place, we take seriously our calling to create a just and equitable society for all of God’s children. Whether through grassroots organizing within our neighborhood or attending a national protest on the Mall, we invite you to bring you energy and passion to help us create the beloved community. 20s and 30s is here to help you get connected with social justice opportunities to which you feel called.
You are encourage to engage the gifts of community through a variety of fun, faith-filled, and meaningful groups for children, youth and families.
Kids in grades 3rd-6th are invited to ministry activities that are filled with faith, fellowship, and fun! Events include bowling, lunches out, and gatherings with peers from local churches.
7th-12th graders and friends are invited to StLuthRef. This partnership is a ministry between St. Paul’s, Luther Place and Reformation churches. StLuthRef gathers for monthly youth group meetings and retreats.
People of all ages are invited to quarterly family-oriented activities such as farm festival day, parents night out, and an annual retreat.
Families with young children (infants-4 year olds) are invited for fellowship with lots of coffee, the last Sunday of each month from 9:15-10:15 am in the Chapel.
As the LGBTQ community of Luther Place, we believe that all people are God’s children, and all are welcome at Christ’s table. We at Luther Place are a diverse community in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, (dis)abilities, age, and socio-economic status. Embrace! is an intentional space to bring together those pushed to the margins of society, to accompany each other in our faith journeys, and to embrace everyone in God’s peace.
Luther Place has been a Reconciling In Christ (RIC) congregation for more than two decades through ReconcilingWorks, an organization that “advocates for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.”
“Welcoming Churches” by Believe Out Loud
Embrace! celebrates Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday each year on the last Sunday of January. LGBTQ members participate in worship as readers, assisting ministers, communion assistants, and more.
In addition to RIC Sunday, the Luther Place congregation celebrates Pride Sunday during Capital Pride weekend in early June and participates with other Lutheran congregations during the annual Capital Pride parade.
Embrace! typically meets on the second Sunday of each month for brunch after 10:30 am Worship. Brunch is often hosted at the Parsonage, but occasionally the group goes to a local restaurant.
In response to the need for affordable summer camps in the Logan Circle neighborhood, ArtSmart Summer Camp was established in 2012. ArtSmart Summer Camp is a community arts-based summer program run by Luther Place Memorial Church for 40 young people (1st through 6th grade). In 2016, the Middle School Leadership Program was established for 7th and 8th graders.
The camp runs Monday through Friday for four weeks. Campers experience a weekly theme through music, drama, art and games, as well as spending afternoons engaging physical activity.
You are invited to engage ArtSmart Summer Camp through your time, talent and financial resources. Please email for more information.
You’re invited to SoulFiesta, which is a celebration of summer and the end of ArtSmart Summer Camp! In collaboration with Norwood Housing Cooperative, N Street Village, Luther Place Church and Thomson Elementary School, the Logan Circle community gathers to create convivencia ministry centered on relationship and mutuality. It provides space for individual and communal transformation through culture: food, music and the arts.
Community Care is how we sustain a vibrant community, our intentional practice of supporting and nurturing one another in all stages of life, in celebration and sorrow. Please email Pastor Karen for more information or visit the Engage section of the website to join a group or event online.
As a Stephen Ministry congregation, we are part of a nationwide program that provides training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip lay caregivers in the congregation. These “Stephen Ministers” provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered support and care to people who are experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life transitions.
The Elders Ministry is in recognition of the wisdom our seniors bring to our community. We gather as a group a few times a year and stay in touch by phone, mail and visits.
Men’s Fellowship is open to all men with an affiliation with and interest in the ministries of Luther Place. The group meets at various times once each month which may include a brunch, lunch, happy hour, BBQ or an outing of significance to the men. Other examples are assistance at a Luther Place and N street Village Soul Fiesta and a guided country trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield. Most importantly to each of the participants is that each event provides an opportunity to share our recent life stories and to have a spiritual discussion related to recent events or life in a troubled world. Contact Jeff Serfass for more information.