November 19, 2018
Hello Luther Place Community! My name is Emily Hicks, and I have just begun a year of service through the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s Young Adult Volunteer Program. I grew up just north of Chicago, graduated from Auburn University in 2015, and have been working as an interior designer in Atlanta ever since. This year I am living with five other women who are dedicated to serving various non-profits throughout the city, as well as living in intentional community together. I will be here until the end of July. I can’t wait to spend the year growing in this community, please come say hi!
February 15, 2018
We would like to welcome our 2018 Spring Intern, Wylie Cook, from the Lutheran Washington College Semester program.
Wylie Cook joined the Steinbruck Center as an intern in January of 2018. They are completing their last semester of college (Luther College) by studying away here in DC and gaining valuable experience working with faith-based nonprofits. Wylie is a Women and Gender Studies major and has focused their course work on the intersection of religion and social justice. As an intern, Wylie is ecstatic to learn from the incredible humans of the Steinbruck Center neighborhood in order to advocate for justice in empowering people to overcome the grasp of exploitative systems. Wylie is applying to seminaries across the country and is interested in becoming a pastor and a social entrepreneur focusing on queer issues (queer youth homelessness, vocational training, workplace protections, and ending violence towards trans* folk).
When Wylie is not too busy, they enjoy drag shows, coffee shops, and watching lots of Netflix.
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