Current (opened Jan. 16)-Jan. 30, Online course through Philadelphia Seminary
"What Would Luther Do Today?"
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
free, online class
. The class is a series of video lectures, quizzes and discussions helping students learn more about Luther and make relevant connections that can lead to transformation. Go to ChurchNext.tv to register; Registration includes 24/7 access for 2 weeks to all video lectures, downloads and course content. Learn more at
Wed. Jan. 25, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy's "Day for All People"
is the annual
where participants can meet with their legislators, watch hearings and see the House and Senate in action. A prayer vigil will also be held. Registration and additional information at
Jan. 27-29, Caroline Furnace in Fort Valley, Virg.
"Beer Reformation Retreat"
is planned with activities that include sharing your favorite brew, discussion on the art and science of brewing since the 15th century, brewing and bottling a special anniversary recipe, and visiting a local farm and craft brewery. We will also enjoy the opportunity to share our faith stories with a prayer hike, worship and compline time. More at
Sun. Jan. 29, 5 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
"Martin Luther Hymn Festival"
will feature Bishop-Emeritus Theodore Schneider in the role of narrator with Jeffrey Pannebaker, organist. More at
Sun. Jan. 29, noon-7 p.m., Howard University's School of Divinity in D.C.
DC Interfaith Leadership Summit
is open to
D.C. area residents, ages 18-39, who hold a position of responsibility in their community/organization
. The purpose of this gathering is to provide a day of focused dialogue among young DC area leaders from a variety of faith traditions (as well as those from multi-faith and no faith backgrounds) who are dedicated to building interfaith relationships with peers and allies. Registration and additional info at
Sun. Feb. 5, in your congregation
Many congregations elect to participate in the
Souper Bowl of Caring
. Often youth groups use the national football focus for "foodraising" (a term I saw from Bethel Lutheran in Manassas), gathering food and/or funds for battling hunger through an organization of the congregation's choice. Learn more at https://souperbowl.org/ . An ELCA Souper Bowl poster is available from
Tue. Feb. 7, 1-1:45 p.m., Webinar
"Churches and Copyright" i
s a "lighthearted & enlightening" free Augsburg Fortress webinar led by copyright specialist Michael Moore. What copyright is and how it impacts churches will be the focus, including elements of liturgies and music that need coverage, copyright licenses, live performances and exemptions. Register from
Sun. Feb. 12, 5 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
"Organ Plus - Music for Brass and Organ"
will include Bach, Pachelbel, Reformation Chorales, and Saint-Saens' Organ Concerto arranged for brass and organ. More at
Feb. 19-21, St. Paul Lutheran in Santa Monica, Calif.
"Engaging Worship and Culture"
is a workshop organized by the
ELCA worship team
. How can the beauty and diversity of those cultures be seen as gifts in our assembly's worship life? How can culture help to shape our liturgies and even our understanding of worship in much deeper ways? How can these intentional conversations lead us into becoming a much more richly diverse church? These questions and more are ones that are crucial to nurturing the worship life of each of our worshiping communities. Registration and details at
Feb. 25-26, Washington National Cathedral in D.C.
Festival of Sacred Music
features choral, organ and conducting master classes led by Cathedral musicians. Join a day of study on Saturday and a day of worship on Sunday. Explore the expanding world of global song, jazz and Gospel music, and experience soaring Cathedral liturgies with organ and choir. Finally, sing your heart out during the
Spiritual Songs and Hymn Sing
on Sunday night. "This is not an Episcopal-focused event, but rather one dedicated to joyful excellence in music and liturgy in all communities, and we welcome every opportunity to reach out and connect with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the larger DMV area," invites George Fergus, AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music at the Cathedral. Register by February 1 for early bird discount! More at
Fri. Mar. 3, 7 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
Thiel College Choir
will sing at St. Luke with Michael Bray directing. More at
Sat. Mar. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
A workshop called
"Music in the Parish"
is offered with Anthony Leach, clinician. More at
Tue. Mar. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Who's Not in Your Church? Making church inclusive and relevant for all people,"
is an entry in Spring 2017 Mountain Topics. The Rev. Julie Bringman will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting
Fri. Mar. 24 (7 p.m.)-Sun. Mar. 26 (11 a.m.), Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Singing For Our Lives! A Women's Retreat" will be led by the Rev. Karen Brau and Amanda Weber. This retreat will gather around scripture, music and narrative, seeking empowerment through both our own and our communal voices. Space limited to 35 women. Cost is $175/person including lodging and meals. Registration form available on synod website.
Sun. Apr. 2, 5 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring, Md.
will feature the world
premiere of John Ferguson's "Lord Keep Us Steadfast."
The piece is a choral fantasia for choir, brass, percussion and organ. More at
Tue. April 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Crossing the Color and Culture Divide: Journeying toward personal and communal justice,"
is an entry in Spring 2017 Mountain Topics. The Rev. Ginny Price will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting
May 1-4 at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
2017 National Workshop for Christian Unity
will gather Ecumenists from across the U.S. to reflect on themes of reformation. A primary focus will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the transformational events I Wittenberg in 1517 that initiated a series of reforms and tragic tensions among Christians in western Europe. The Lutheran Ecumenical & Interreligious Network will have its annual meeting during the workshop; all are welcome. More at
Tue. May 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Md.
"Faith and the Environment: Ideas for incorporating Creation Care into your ministry,"
is an entry in Spring 2017 Mountain Topics. Laura Heller and the Rev. Tormod Svensson will present. Cost is $30 including lunch, RSVP required by contacting