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.



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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