The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us, as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. We are committed to making the world a more just and peaceful place to live.
We are a church that is always being made new, and at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregations. It’s through these roots that the Holy Spirit guides and nourishes us so that we can be a church that is both resilient and always new.
The New England Synod is one of the 65 synods of the ELCA (much like a diocese or district) encompassing all six New England states. We are a network of congregations, leaders, and organizations who are joined together to better serve our world. We are a "synod of experimentation," encouraging one another to take risks and think outside the box to share the love of God in new ways. Our mission is to "Go where love leads and serve where love calls."
Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community. In relationships built through outreach and education, ReconcilingWorks shares Christ's message, the Gospel, which is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, FLC shares in this mission.
Camp Calumet is the outdoor ministry of the New England Synod, located on beautiful Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire. It is a long-time beloved partner of FLC. In addition to simply enjoying the camp, the congregation supports its work by designating a portion of our budget towards its capital campaign, participating in cleanup weekends, and providing "camperships" to allow children to attend regardless of ability to pay. In the past, FLC members and pastors have served on the Board or as summer chaplains.
The mission of Arts After Hours is to engage and transform downtown Lynn through the experience of live theatre. Understanding that a vibrant downtown is vital to the health of a city, and appreciating the power of the arts to heal and transform, FLC is a proud season sponsor of Arts After Hours. FLC members often volunteer at AAH theatre productions, and Pr. Jon serves on its board of directors.