Virginia Synod 2020-06-15T16:35:03-04:00

Welcome to the
Virginia Synod

As children of God and followers of Jesus, each of us is a part of the body of Christ and individually members of it. For the sake of God’s mission and ministry, God’s people gather together to share their gifts and to work together to share in God’s mission to love and bless the world. To strengthen our response to God’s love in Virginia, 145 Lutheran congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are joined together as the Virginia Synod.

Many members of our congregations are sheltering-in-place or isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendation of increased social distancing from the public will bring increased stress levels in many homes along with less access to helpful resources. As the coronavirus spreads, the message has been clear: home is the safest place to be. And, yet for victims of intimate partner violence and child abuse, nothing could be further from the truth. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has already reported getting calls from victims whose abusers are using the coronavirus as another excuse to isolate and harm family members. Victims of violence in Virginia can access support and services 24-hours a day by contacting the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Services are available by phone, text or chat. All services are free and confidential.

VSDVAA Hotline
: 1-800-838-8238 Text: 804-793-9999 Chat: www.vadata.org//chat

Virginia LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline
Toll-free: 1-866-356-6998 Text: 804-793-9999 Chat: www.vadata.org//chat


Vision and Mission

God’s love for all humanity is made known most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In his life, Jesus teaches us how to be followers, who strive – with the Holy Spirit’s help – to live and act as Jesus lived and acted. In his death on the cross and in his glorious resurrection, Jesus grants to us all forgiveness, peace, hope, joy, love, grace, justification, and salvation. As God’s people, our hope is grounded in God’s actions – which are, have always been, and will always be faithful! Because God is faithful, we are bold to speak and to act in love for God and in love for one another.


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