This summer, thanks in large part to the generous assistance from the Kaelke Fund, we took an educational trip to Washington, DC with 14 our our middle and high schoolers and six adults.  While there, we had an opportunity to learn about issues of poverty, homelessness, lack of affordable health care, and other injustices.

We partnered with the Steinbruck Center at Luther Place Memorial Church to learn about the differences between Charity and Justice, and then put our learning to practical purposes by meeting people experiencing homelessness and engaging them in conversation and relationship.  We also met with the ELCA Advocacy office and learned about how they speak for us on behalf of the marginalized, and how we can be advocates in our own schools, churches, and neighborhoods.

We also took advantage of the unique opportunities Washington offers and visited various museums to help us explore our world and nation’s histories, and think more deeply about what it means to live as people of God.  It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and we’re already seeing fruit being borne from this formational experience together.  Thank you for helping us make it happen!

-Pastor Jesse Canniff-Kuhn