|2011 Congregations and Projects|
14th and Vermont: The Luther Place Sacred Commons
Luther Place Memorial Church is an historic Lutheran congregation located in
downtown Washington, DC that has been attentive to missions both inside and
outside our doors since the early 1900s. The mission and purpose of the
congregation converge around biblical hospitality and social justice. We are a
welcoming and diverse community that practices what we call “rainbow
Over the last year, we have been working with a group to engage our space with
gardening and art, and we are advancing our vision of the land around Luther Place
as a “Sacred Commons.” A Sacred Commons is a notion of place that is both
community oriented – open to all and available to all – yet sacred: sacred in its roots,
its development and in its offerings. Regular gardening, an installation of a new
garden, and the painting of a door of St. Francis are all part of bringing the Sacred
Commons to life. We are seeking to create a space of peace, beauty and joy in the
midst of a frantic urban scene.
To expand our work with the Sacred Commons we are seeking to work together
with other ministries that use our common space. For example, we are reaching out
to a congregation that utilizes space at Luther Place – Unity Fellowship Church. This
congregation has an excellent and vibrant drumming ministry, and Luther Place
hopes to learn drumming from Unity.
Over the next 9 months, we hope to continue gardening, develop liturgies that
include drumming, dedicate new doors (including a new Martin Luther King Jr. Door
and Dorothy Day Door), and feature outdoor art shows.
Institute of Sacred Music