October 9, 2016
It is with much pride that The Steinbruck Center announced the winners of the first annual Rev. John Steinbruck Leadership Award — Rev. Yehiel Curry of Shekinah Chapel in Riverdale, IL and Rev. Kelly Chatman of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.
The John Steinbruck Leadership award honors individuals who demonstrate visionary leadership expressed through an ability to imagine how church can build community that acts for the sake of the world; effective leadership that leads to impact within the community; and courageous leadership marked by innovate thinking and a willingness to take risks to achieve results.
The award honors the late Pastor John Steinbruck who led Luther Place Memorial Church in prophetic work to create social justice in Washington, D.C. When Steinbruck arrived at Luther Place, Steinbruck confronted a dying church with no sense of purpose and a neighborhood that bore the fruits of racism and divestment — abandoned buildings, drug dealers and prostitution, and an increasing homeless crisis. The church owned 21,000 square feet of land, including five buildings, yet had visions only of building a parking lot. For Steinbruck, that Luther Place had so much space that was used only at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning was a violation of everything he believed and preached.
Instead of barricading his church from its surroundings, he opened its doors to the community. What began as sleeping mats on the floor of the church evolved into a comprehensive continuum of care for homeless and low-income women sited in a 150,000 square foot facility at 14th and N Streets, NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of D.C. Since then, N St Village has assisted thousands of women by providing services that address both emergency and long-term needs.
The hallmarks of John Steinbruck’s ministry included creating holy imagination for what the church can be and bold action in the faces of indifferent institutional and societal forces. Pastor John and his wife Erna had a commitment to asking the questions – Who are we? Why are we here? What is Jesus to be about in this place?
Look out in the coming weeks for ministry highlights of Shekinah Chapel and Redeemer Lutheran and bios of our awardees.
October 4, 2016
We would like to welcome our 2016 Fall Interns both from the Lutheran Washington College Semester program.
Makayla DePoy – Hailing from Plymouth, Indiana, Makayla is a Senior at Valparaiso University, majoring in Political Science with interests in both Public Policy and Poverty Studies. After receiving her degree this May, she plans on heading to law school to continue her studies within the policy realm. This past summer, Makayla interned for the St. Joesph County Library Program assisting with youth literacy programs and adult computer literacy outreach. In her free time, Makayla enjoys spending time on the lake, riding her horses, and being outdoors.
Hayley Moe – Hayley is from Watford City, North Dakota and is studying Communication and Religious Studies at Roanoke College. She is active in leadership for multiple religious groups, plays on the ultimate frisbee team and sings for the a Capella group on campus. During the summer months, she works as an adventure camp counselor at Outlaw Ranch in South Dakota. Hayley is passionate about other humans and is constantly searching for her next adventure. When she isn’t playing her ukulele you can find her hiking, eating ice cream or petting the nearest dog.
October 4, 2016
Sundays at 9:15 A.M.
Religious institutions have a powerful role to play in their communities, addressing pressing issues from poverty and injustice to planning and traffic. Throughout history sacred spaces have also served an important function as public spaces, essential to the overall life of the community. Sacred places have much to teach us about the profound ways that people connect with and gather in public, and ultimately how communities can collectively share experiences and emotions.
Local & National – A study on place
Oct. 9th– What is the importance of place? What is the connection between the church and it’s neighborhood? How can the church be a place making and community making institution? We will be engaging a multi-week bible study on place and hospitality. We will have guests from Norwood Cooperative & their new childcare cooperative.
Oct. 16th– What is the importance of place? How are churches across the city engaging their neighbors, creating community, and building power to effect change? We will have a guest from the Washington Interfaith Network lead us in bible study and share with us about current campaigns.
Global – Discussion of Immigration & UN Goals
Oct. 23rd– Immigration – see if we can get a lawyer who works in immigration to come talk about challenges facing undocumented DC residents and the possibility for immigration reform.
Oct. 30th– Sessions on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It would introduce the new social and environmental goals agreed upon in September 2015. The sessions would show how the new goals build on previous goals and suggests that the goals are a spiritual calling.
Nov. 13th and Nov. 20th– Sessions develop the notion of spiritual calling more fully, and show how a congregation might choose, and begin to take action toward, helping implement one or more of the goals.
Three Week Session in Advent on grief with Nancy White
Nov. 27th Grief Session 1
Dec. 11th Grief Session 2
Dec. 18th Grief Session 3
Dec. 25th OFF FOR CHRISTMAS
May 2, 2016
Do you know a leader who is making a real difference in their community? We are lucky enough to be presenting the first annual Rev. John Steinbruck Leadership Award to honor our namesake pastor, the Rev. Dr. John Steinbruck of Luther Place Memorial Church.
He spent 27 years as one of Washington’s most forceful and most effective advocates for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Washington, DC. When Rev. Steinbruck came to Washington in 1970 as pastor of Luther Place Memorial Church, the neighborhood surrounding the church was filled with the fruits of racism and divestment, abandoned buildings, drug dealers and prostitution, and an increasing homeless crisis. Instead of barricading his church from its surroundings, he opened its doors to the community.
The hallmarks of his ministry included creating holy imagination for what the church can be and bold action in the faces of indifferent institutional and societal forces. In a time when many churches and pastors were headed for the suburbs, it was in the city that Steinbruck found his true calling, confronting the effects of racism, discrimination, homelessness, economic inequality, and the injustices of American society. Pastor John and his wife Erna had a commitment to asking the questions – Who are we? Why are we here? What is Jesus to be about in this place?
The John Steinbruck Leadership Award will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates visionary leadership expressed through an ability to imagine how church can build community that acts for the sake of the world; effective leadership that leads to impact within the community; and courageous leadership marked by innovate thinking and a willingness to take risks to achieve results.
The John Steinbruck Leadership Award is sponsored by non-profits that were born, touched, and inspired during John Steinbruck’s prophetic public ministry, including Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Luther Place Memorial Church, The Steinbruck Center, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and N St Village. We hope to continue to support and inspire leaders who are challenging the status quo of church and bringing the kingdom to life.
Award amount: $2,500
Nominations due by: July 30, 2016
Nomination forms can be found HERE.
September 2, 2014
The Steinbruck Center has received the National Community Partner of the Year Award; We were nominated by our partner school Montgomery College and received the award from Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection. Committee members noted that: “The Steinbruck Center seems to both incorporate strong orientation and training for students, as well as strong service opportunities” and that “The Steinbruck Center does a great job of both educating the students and working with community members.”
We are thrilled to be honored in this way! A big thanks to Break Away and Montgomery College!