Wheat Ridge Ministries, a member of the LSA network, is committed to engaging young adults as the next generation of effective Christian leaders. Through their Burst Grant program, Wheat Ridge supports the creative sparks of young adults called to serve by funding innovative social service start-ups around the country. These programs address needs and critical gaps in communities in a wide variety of ways, from after-school programming to community gardens, services for seniors to resources for immigrants and refugees.
In the last week I have participated in two editorial meetings, met a Congressman from Georgia, sat in on a call with the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network and learned about the database system for Lutheran Services of America. I have been welcomed into a team of dedicated individuals who truly want to make a difference in the lives of their members’ staff and clients.
The Washington, D.C. area has been preparing for the arrival next week of Pope Francis, leader of the global Roman Catholic Church. During this historic visit, the Pope will be welcomed by the President at the White House, will hold a special mass at Catholic University and will address a joint meeting of Congress, in addition to visiting local congregations and volunteers and a stop at an organization affiliated with Catholic Charities USA that feeds the poor and homeless in the city.
What does it mean to be part of a larger faith community called Lutheran? And what does Lutheran Services in America — a network of 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations — have to do with it? For Lutheran social ministry, being part of a broader faith community means that we are connected.
LSA is pleased to welcome Abigail Blake, a senior at Valparaiso University majoring in International Economics & Cultural Affairs, to Lutheran Services in America (LSA). Abbie is spending the fall 2015 semester at the Lutheran Services in America office in Washington, D.C. working with Member Engagement, the team responsible for serving and connecting our membership.