LVC City: Washington, DC
From its beginnings as an undeveloped rural area, to its initial planning as the nation’s capital, to its growth in size and infrastructure at the turn of the 20th century, to its place today as a political, economic, and cultural center, Washington, DC, has engaging stories to tell about the people and places that have helped shape Lutheran Volunteer Corps…and the Nation! LVC began in Washington, DC, as a ministry of Luther Place Church. Over the years, the program has continued to expand and develop, partnering with several cities across the United States. Despite being the capital of our nation, Washington, DC, faces the same challenges that most urban areas in the US face: homelessness, poverty, affordable health care, public education, gentrification and more. An example of this reality can be seen daily on the streets close to the White House where homeless men and women sleep on heating grates. While some of LVC’s advocacy positions are in DC, there are also many placements and positions that work directly with people to serve their immediate needs. Finally, spattered with Smithsonian museums, events on the National Mall, Gardens, Monuments, Zoo, Parks, Theaters, DC residents are spoiled (even overwhelmed!) by the plethora of activities one could attend (for free!) on any given day. Washington D.C. was our first LVC city, and has been a Placement City since 1979.
LVC DC HOUSES
Dag Hammarskjöld was the second General Secretary of the United Nations. We share his dream of a world of peace grounded in justice.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke out against the Nazi Regime, motivated deeply by his faith. We share his resolve to fight corrupt systems.
Junia was a woman apostle who was prominent in the early Christian church and was imprisoned for being a threat to local authorities.