Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

The mission of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty is to ignite and fuel a uniquely Lutheran response to increasing intrusions, limitations and challenges by the government in the life of the Church, while educating, encouraging and equipping LCMS members and organizations to take informed action in support of marriage, life and religious freedom.

 

Synod announces Rev. Dr. Seltz is first LCRL leader

Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz

“The Lutheran Hour” Speaker Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz officially accepts the call to be the first executive director of the Synod's new Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.


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Advantages

Create a direct presence of the LCMS and like-minded Lutherans in the nation’s capital.

  • Provide a venue to facilitate the engagement of Lutheran youth.
  • Continuously update the Synod with information on impending legislation, infringement on religious liberty and other matters of concern.
  • Work alongside others already engaged in this discussion, accomplishing more together than alone.

Goals

Create a direct presence of the LCMS and like-minded Lutherans in the nation’s capital.

  • Offer input, information, education, advice and resources regarding three primary areas of focus in the public square: marriage, life and religious liberty.
  • Actively engage in discussions, establish partnerships and work collaboratively, as appropriate, with individuals and groups in Washington, D.C.

 

  Services

  • Inform Lutherans and Lutheran organizations about pertinent laws, bills, court cases and other venues related to the religious liberty rights of Christians, defending marriage and the church’s belief in Holy Matrimony as well as the sanctity of life;
  • Engage in and build contact with partners and federal and state officials through advocacy and other strategies;
  • Educate future generations about serving God through vocations in government, law and public policy; and
  • Connect with Lutherans involved in government affairs.

 

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Mail checks, made payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod*, to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Campaigns and Special Initiatives
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122

*On the memo line of the check or in an accompanying note, write "LCRL"
or "Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty."

 


Background

Nearly two centuries ago, those who would eventually form The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the United States seeking the religious freedom guaranteed in our nation’s Constitution. Today, the religious freedom they sought is eroding amid continuous assault. That’s why the LCMS is establishing the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., the very epicenter of where a compelling Christian witness will be needed most in years to come.

 

Purpose

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) through the Lutheran Center for the Religious Liberty (LCRL), will monitor and protect First Amendment rights — guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution — in the public square.  It will equip Lutherans and Lutheran organizations to 

  1. engage federal and state officials through advocacy and defensive legal strategies;
  2. educate future generations about serving God through vocations in government, law, and public policy; and 
  3. connect with Lutherans involved in government affairs. Where the government, the culture and faith conflict, Lutherans can and must speak up and out in support of religious liberty. 

 

Item of note

  • The corporation intends to carry out its work as a separately incorporated, 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation and will limit lobbying activity within permissible IRS guidelines.

 

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