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April Meeting

Thursday, April 4, 2013—12:00 noon

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Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Rev. Clark Lobenstine
InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
Washington, DC

  Rev Clark Lobenstine

Is the Diversity Surrounding Us Something of God?

This month's speaker, Rev. Clark Lobenstine, serves as the Executive Director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. A Presbyterian minister, Clark began his service in April, 1979, shortly after the IFC was organized by the top religious leaders of the Islamic, Jewish, Protestant and Roman Catholic faith communities in this region. It was the first staffed organization in the United States, and probably the world, through which these four traditions worked both for interfaith dialogue and social justice.

Created in 1978, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) now brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among persons of diverse faiths and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice in metropolitan Washington. IFC members are the Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities. These different traditions work towards creating a just community through coalition-building, education, training and advocacy, by uniting diverse faith leaders to speak and act together, networking with other groups, publishing community resources and holding public events involving music, award ceremonies and lectures. We also work to deepen mutual interfaith understanding through a thoughtful process of dialogue. IFC is committed to protecting religious liberty through education and outreach, advocacy and policy.

Clark is a founding member of the now defunct (after some twenty years) Washington Metropolitan Dialogue and serves on Mayor Vincent Gray's Interfaith Council. Among his community involvements, he served on the board of A Greater Washington (another group that has lived out is bridge-building work) and is a member of The Wednesday Clergy Fellowship (a weekly gathering of primarily African-American pastors and ministers) as well as a trustee of the Washington Theological Consortium. He was the Secretary of the National Association of Ecumenical and Interfaith Staff, (NAEIS) his professional association for two two-year terms very recently and continues as a member of that group. He also helped found the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN), the association of interfaith organizations in the US., Canada and Mexico, in the mid 1980's and the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington continues to be a member of it.

He is also a Parish Associate (volunteer assistant minister) at the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, a wonderfully diverse congregation with a large percentage of Camerounian members. A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, Clark holds a master of divinity degree from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and a master of social work degree from the University of Louisville. His Doctor of Ministry degree is from McCormick Presbyterian Seminary in Chicago. The grandson of a Presbyterian missionary in China, Clark lived in five countries by the age of ten as the son of a Foreign Service Officer. He lives in Washington with his wife, the Rev. Canon Carole Crumley, Senior Program Director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Clark has twin sons, a twin brother, twin nieces and three grandchildren.

Clark will be speaking on "Is the Diversity Surrounding Us Something of God?"

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We invite all Lutherans and their friends to join us for this luncheon meeting of Lutheran Lay Fellowship, scheduled for the first Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon till 2:00 p.m. at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive in Silver Spring, one mile south of the Capitol Beltway at Exit 30. Ample off-street parking is available. Interested persons can make reservations for a delicious lunch by sending their RSVP to by contacting Vicki Porter at 301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


May - Rev. Carmelo Santos, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Springfield VA
June - President John Denninger, LCMS Southeastern District
July - (no meeting scheduled on July 4th)

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What is the Lutheran Lay Fellowship?

LLF is an organization for women and men, both lay and clergy, active in the Nation's Capital area. “As early as 1936, feeling there was a definite need for closer cooperation between Lutheran laity and clergy, a group of laymen in the Washington, DC. Metropolitan area, organized to hold meetings that would bring pastors and laity closer together. Due to jurisdictional differences as well as ministerial difficulties, very little success was achieved until the fall of 1941. Then the group met and decided to hold a luncheon once a month, invite their friends and bring visitors. The first luncheon was a success, and within three months every Lutheran judicatory was represented…” [From a Lutheran Directory of Metropolitan Washington, DC, published in 1999.]

Today, more than 70 years later, the Lutheran Lay Fellowship of Metropolitan Washington takes pride in knowing that every night, 365 nights each year, more than 700 low income seniors and disabled persons live in safety and friendship in four high rises owned and managed by Fellowship Square Foundation, Inc. By means of annual scholarships and grants, LLF also supports various college and seminary students; it also provides ushering services for major inter-Lutheran events. But most of all, LLF is known far and wide as a place to hear stimulating speakers on timely topics and to make friends from other Lutheran congregations—friendships that last for decades!

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