Lutheran Church of the Reformation, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has been on Capitol Hill since 1869, enjoying a rich history that has interacted with the Hill community and the affairs of our nation in every generation since its birth.
Located within the shadow of the Capitol, Reformation has been a neighbor to the Congress, the Library of Congress, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The church itself is a unique combination of architectural ideas. Prominent on the one hand are those of early twentieth-century Washington, and on the other, those of the Christian tradition in parish churches that dates to medieval times. The sensitive embodiment in this church of the strongest elements of Christian architecture of the past give it a richness that is ever new.As a community, we think of Capitol Hill and the Washington area in terms of its people – the people who have made Washington and neighboring Maryland and Virginia their home, including the people who work in the Library, the Courts, the halls of Congress, and those who have come here as part of the military or civilian service.Throughout 2009 and 2010 we celebrated our 140th-year anniversary under the theme of “Witnessing the Light of Christ to our Community.”Grounded in Lutheran tradition and liturgy, Church of the Reformation enjoys a variety of worship expressions and takes seriously the Reformation motif that the church needs to be in a never-ending process of Re-formation – wrestling with its spiritual authenticity, its theological faithfulness and its prophetic witness in the public forum. In 1987 Reformation became a "Reconciling In Christ Congregation," affirming the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the church.
Browse our website or download our current newsletter, The Visitor to learn more about our staff, volunteers and the many programs here at Reformation.
Rev. Michael Wilker
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