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 Karin for more information.
Our regular opportunities for service and learning include:
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 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 Pastor Karen or call 202-667-1377.
See, I am doing a new thing. -Isaiah 43:19
Music is a gateway to one of the strongest spiritual connections we can have – through it, we are able to connect, build, and strengthen community. It is our desire to facilitate this connection through a diversity of repertoire and encouragement of individual and collective participation. Join is in our journey! Reach out to Justin Fitch if you are interested in serving in the music ministry.
The Community Choir welcomes everyone to join in leading worship on Sunday morning. 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 9:15 am; no mid-week commitment is required.
CURRENTLY for health and safety reasons, the number of choir members is limited. Please reach out to Justin for scheduling if you would like to participate.
Ash has been a member of Luther Place Church since 2016 but came to the congregation in 2012 as a volunteer with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She has had a passion for music since she can remember. She sings, plays guitar and is a songwriter. In 2013 she had the opportunity to become a Glocal Musician Educator (GME) with the ELCA. The musicians come together once a year to learn songs from all over the world. Then, they travel to other Lutheran congregations and synods around the world to share those songs and practice accompaniment. They always make sure to educate others about the context and culture each song is rooted in. Ashley enjoys reading and traveling with her partner, Chelsea.
(Currently unable to meet due to COVID-19)
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.
The Luther Place handbell choir is open to all experience levels – all you need is the desire to learn and work together. The ensemble currently rehearses on Sundays at noon and strives to perform on a monthly basis. Interested? Contact Justin or stop by to watch a rehearsal!
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!
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 second 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 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.
Caroling event at Thomas Circle
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. This year’s retreat was held October 11-13 with the theme Stewards of God’s Creation.
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.
Luther Place is working to embed Anti-racism and Racial Justice into all areas of our public witness. We engage in intergenerational spiritual education that centers resources for families to strengthen their practices and understandings of racial justice. These are available online and take the form of:
- Intergenerational Bible Study at 10 am on Zoom
- Liturgy at Home on Friday Afternoons on Facebook Live
- Compline at 9 pm on Facebook Live, Thursday through Saturday
These forums are entry points for teach-ins and resource-sharing for families to share together. Additionally, home resources are provided to complement these containers.
- Faith Formation at Home Calendars
- DIY Racial Justice Vocabulary Flashcard Prompts
- DIY Daily Anti-racism Prompts
- Reading Lists for Children and Adults on Racial Justice Concepts
- Resource sharing for spiritual development that is explicitly Anti-racist
- Virtual Event Sharing opportunities for Family Days of Action
- Activity Instructions for entry points to these conversations as follow up
If you’d like to be added to an email list to receive notifications of upcoming content, email Erica.
Embrace is Luther Place’s ministry of LGBTQIA+ people who encourage and challenge each other in their faith journeys. Our purpose is to proclaim that LGBTQIA+ people, along with all of creation, have been created in the image of God. We bear witness to this holy truth through support to one another and the broader community.
Read our full vision statement here.
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 Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.”
Find our Embrace community on Facebook or email Collin Bradley for more information.
“Free to Be Me” by The Rev. Nichele Carter-Peterson, Pride Sunday, 2021
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 and Coming Out 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 on August 4th to celebrate 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.
Pastor Karen is available to meet with you for prayer or conversation about faith, life challenges, or other topics you want or need to talk about. Please email Pastor Karen to begin a conversation.
Luther Place is an anti-racist faith community committed to keeping our members, our neighbors, and movement organizers/racial and social justice protesters safe. The ministry of Movement Support is committed to providing material and spiritual support to movement organizers and protesters who lead actions across DC on local and national racial and social justice issues. Our movement support is an expression of our faith and commitment to justice, and so we extend movement support only to aligned movement organizers — organizers in our communities organizing for liberation — not to protesters who advance narratives and policies of white supremacy.
Considerations of movement alignment are made collectively within the ministry team as a whole in conjunction with Luther Place stakeholders, neighbors, and trusted organizers alongside ongoing commitment to continuing political education in this ministry and as a congregation. This ministry also aims to integrate this vision and these values, both in general and specifically around current events, into other Luther Place ministries, with the goals of alignment and shared, intergenerational learning across the Luther Place community. To date, the ministry has provided hospitality and supplies for numerous protests, provided care kits to local organizers, and coordinated trainings and teach-ins around topics such as de-escalation.
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.