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Summer Events from the Synod!

July 21, 2021

Check out these upcoming events from the Metro DC Synod!

Overcoming Fear: Addressing anti-Muslim Bias in the Classroom and Community

Live sessions on July 27, August 3, 10, 17; 11 am-1 pm
How does anti-Muslim discrimination and Islamophobia impact my community and how can I, as an educator and community leader, be more effective in responding to it? This 4-Part virtual training course is specifically designed for educators and community leaders who are asking these questions and are ready to commit to countering anti-Muslim discrimination in their communities in word and deed. Register here.

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Open Conversation hosted by Rev. Dr. Martin Otto-Zimmann

August 7 and 9
Many people are concerned about the violence throughout the Holy Land this summer during the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We are providing an opportunity for you to zoom with Lutheran Palestinian Pastors and a Palestinian Christian. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and learn about the day to day life of those who’ve been affected by this ongoing conflict in the Middle East. You can register for one or both of these sessions by emailing the Rev. Dr. Martin Otto-Zimmann at You will then be sent a zoom invitation.

Fall Discernment Cohort Begins September 8

Meets every 2nd Wed. of the month through March 2022 from 5-6pm via Zoom
The candidacy committee of the Metro D.C. Synod invites anyone who is feeling a call to ministry or is looking for a space to actively discern their call to join our September 2021 discernment group. The next cohort will begin in January 2022 on the third Thursday of each month from Noon-1:00 PM ET. If you are interested in joining either of these confidential discernment groups, please contact Pastor Erin Swenson-Reinhold at

God’s Work Our Hands Sunday

September 12
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. God's Work, Our Hands Sunday is coming up on September 12, 2021. The ELCA has prepared these resources to assist churches in preparation for this important Sunday.

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